Handling Three Subjects with Ease --- Student Gong
School Grade :
Kumon Guang Yuan Education Center (Shanghai)
Math: Level H (equivalent to junior level, 3 years ahead of school grade) Chinese: Completed in March, 2017 (equivalent to senior secondary school level) English EFL: Level M (equivalent to senior secondary school level,8 years ahead of school grade)
Handling Three Subjects with Ease --- Student Gong
The Kumon Method is originated from developing Mathematics learning material. The founder, Mr. Toru Kumon, was a high school teacher and specialized in Math. Held with double identities as a father and a teacher, he compiled a set of Math learning materials for his eldest son. With the development of The Kumon Method, in addition to Math, Kumon Chinese and English EFL have also been compiled with the “small steps” principle.
After more than 50 years of development, countless children have benefited from the scientific design of the Kumon learning materials. Student Gong, a student who studies Kumon Math, Chinese, and English EFL altogether at the same time, is definitely one of the vivid examples!
Advancing Beyond School Grade Makes Learning Easier
Gong has started learning Kumon since K3. She was a Primary 4 student when we interviewed her. During these four years, Gong has reached Kumon English EFL Level K (equivalent to senior secondary school level), and Kumon Chinese soon-to-complete level (equivalent to senior secondary school level), and continue learning Kumon Math. At the beginning of the Kumon learning journey, Gong felt discouraged when she could not handle both schoolwork and Kumon study. However, with continuous effort in learning, Gong gradually began to adapt to the learning pattern. In the everyday accumulation of knowledge, she found that Kumon taught her to “keep thinking”. In the process of learning new knowledge and reviewing, Gong thought that her mind has become clearer, and she also has a deeper understanding of the learning content.
In Kumon learning, Gong has advanced at most eight years ahead of school grade, which is such an excellent performance! We all may be curious that as Gong has advanced so many years ahead of her school grade, and has learned a lot of school curriculum at Kumon in advance, would it be hard for her to pay attention in class? Gong smiled and answered, “Nope, even though many things that school teacher taught have already been covered in Kumon, my teacher also teaches some extended topics that I have never heard.” Gong’s mom added, “Her teacher generally said that she paid attention and participated actively in class. There is no such worry about not paying attention in class.” It seems that advancing beyond school grade allows Gong to grasp the school’s knowledge and homework easily, so she can save more energy to broaden her horizon and to learn further knowledge rather than just school work. The advantage of advancing beyond school grade indeed helps her learn with ease.
Handling Three Subjects with Well Time Management
At the beginning, Gong only studied in Kumon Math and Kumon English EFL; however, she inadvertently noticed from other Kumon students that there were many interesting short stories in Kumon Chinese learning materials, which attracted her attention. Therefore, she took the initiative to ask her mother to let her study Kumon Chinese as well.
Kumon Chinese learning material focuses on developing children’s reading comprehension and reading habit to broaden their horizon. Besides learning materials, considering the demand for children of different language abilities, Kumon has a list of recommended reading that catalogued books which are suitable for children. It encourages them to gain more knowledge and vocabulary in reading, and become more proactive in reading. Gong not only reads the Kumon recommended books, but also reads “a lot of books that I(Gong’s mother) bought for her, or borrowed from the library. She loves reading, and she reads a lot.” Her mother said.
Studying Kumon Math, Kumon Chinese, and Kumon EFL three subjects altogether and also handling with school homework and multi-hobbies require well time management and perseverance. We are all curious how she could do that! Gong explained, “Every day I do schoolwork first, then Kumon learning materials, and my mom will help me recite afterwards. It totally takes one and a half hour each day.” As we keep doing it and arrange the learning priority well, it could shorten the time to get all learning tasks done efficiently. Kumon believes that constant effort brings success. If children can persist in learning every day, they can build up a good learning habit with solid learning outcome.
Never Give Up | Pursuit of Better
In more than four years’ learning journey, there must be inevitably some ups and downs. Gong thinks that it really takes persistence. When she encountered difficulties, Kumon instructor will help her clear her mind, and guide her to find out the answer gradually. In this process, communication appears more important. Gong said, “My Kumon instructor would discuss with me about the worksheet learning content and progress after class.” This processes allowed Gong to clearly understand her personal learning level and progress; thus, she is able to achieve her learning goal step by step without being impatient or discouraged.
Nevertheless, parents’ support and encouragement are very important as well. Gong’s mom said that when her daughter encountered difficulties, she would approach the Kumon instructor timely, to help her going through those time. “I always tell her that it would be great if she can learn secondary school knowledge beforehand, and she would not get too hard to study in the future.” Children may not be able to see the big picture. Parents and Kumon instructor can help her set the long-term goal to make up for the unseen part. It definitely motivates Gong to overcome hardship and strive for better.
When Gong was interviewed, she just started her Primary 4 school year, and school homework is getting heavier and heavier. However, Gong is determined to become a three-subject Kumon Completer. Let us cheer up for her!