Student Ren, the Girl Who is Passionate for Learning
School Grade :
Kumon Yuen Nan Education Center (Shanghai)
Chinese – Level L (equivalent to senior secondary school level, 5 years ahead of school grade)
English EFL– Completed in July 2015 (equivalent to senior secondary school level)
Student Ren, the Girl Who is Passionate for Learning
“My child learns Peking opera and fencing, which take up 15 hours a week. At school, she is advancing to a higher grade. Kumon study plays a significant role in helping her lay a firm foundation and enabling her to have spare time to participate in extra-curricular activities. The “self-learning” that Kumon advocates allows her to make plans on her own.” Ren’s mother said.
Enrolling Out of Coincidence
The girl who is sitting in the front wears her hair in a ponytail, looking fresh and agile, is the spotlight of this interview - excellent student Ren. At first, Ren’s mother heard about Kumon from a friend who came back from Japan. This became a coincidence for Ren to enroll in Kumon, and now it has been five years’ long.
Perseverance is the Principle
Kumon is a step-by-step program which enables children to make progress gradually. In order to ensure that children can master the knowledge through self-learning, there are repetition parts in the corresponding learning materials. “Comparing with repetitions, I surely prefer learning new things; however, I still have to get through it.” It seems that Ren deeply understands Kumon’s principle even though she just advanced to Primary 6 in September this year (2016).
“High achievers in class already have a good foundation but they also pay attention in the lesson; only by this can they really master the new knowledge.”
Kumon Makes Me Efficient
“I write down my schedule every day, or I remember it in my heart; my mom does not need to remind me. Kumon increased my efficiency in doing homework. In my daily life, I know what I need to do in a certain time and I am able to complete it as planned.”
Let’s Listen to What Ren’s Mother Said.
From Ren’s mother, we can prove that Ren is able to plan her time. “Kumon fosters children’s self-learning ability and develops their efficiency. For example, a teacher just gave out homework for the next day, she could hand it in shortly. As I mentioned previously, she learns Peking opera and fencing, which take up 15 hours a week; she handles them well. Be it study or hobbies, they all need “efficiency” to continue. I believe that Kumon develops her efficiency.”
Of course, the support from Ren’s mother is indispensable to Ren’s growth. Ren’s mother has her own views on education and gives Ren lots of motivation.
“Advance Beyond School Grade Is Not Pressure.”
“Perhaps some parents worry that their children would not pay attention in class after they have advanced beyond school grade. I believe that it is related to family education. It is not only about study habits, but it is also about attitude. If a child always feels proud, he or she will not be successful in any ways.
For me, I believe that it is good to advance beyond school grade, and it does not give pressure. It is the advance beyond school grade that enables children to handle school work with ease and to have spare time to take part in other activities. One more thing is that it is about children’s memory which is simple and short-term, and will be forgotten easily after a while. If they learn beforehand, and when they come across the same content again at school they can pick up faster than others. It is because they have learned it once and they had it in their minds.”
“Kumon is Like Old Wine.”
At the end of the interview, Ren’s mother summarized her views towards Kumon in a very interesting way- “I think Kumon is like old wine. Only when you progress to high levels can you taste the essence. You have to think slowly and find the mistakes by yourself, and you face them and solve them by yourself. Read the worksheets again and again, and keep moving forward. I somehow feel that it may be difficult to promote Kumon because lots of parents are quite lost that they are more focused on the ‘result’ instead of ‘learning’.”
Indeed, in order to foster children’s good learning habit, enabling them to concentrate on the worksheets and finish them in one go, Kumon lets children start from a level that is slightly lower than their actual school grade. The learning outcomes are more obvious when they are more advanced beyond school grade. If someone focuses too much on school results, he or she will misunderstand that Kumon does not have any learning outcomes in the early stage, and will withdraw very soon; it is a pity. Learning is a process and it takes time and effort to “brew”.
Perhaps it is because Ren’s mother put more emphasis on the learning process rather than the school results, she also selectively allows Ren to participate in some competitions. “It is not necessary to compete for the award; it is for her to feel, and to see how far she can get. It also tests if she has stage fright. It shows her performance in integrated aspects.”
It is our pleasure to hear that Ren learns and performs excellently in every aspect. With the support of Ren’s mother, I believe that Ren is able to continue her learning, and have an exciting and fruitful life.