HELPING KIDS SEE THE JOY IN LEARNING, ONE STEP AT A TIME
Changing one’s perception towards learning isn’t a quick fix. Andrea Liljequist, a mother of two, compares it to going on a diet.
“Once you’ve changed, you can’t just revert back to your bad habits. It requires a change of lifestyle”, she says.
Since the end of 2016, Andrea has had her son and daughter – 11 year old Alec and 14 year old Ella Kiesswetter – studying with Kumon.
Kumon builds students’ maths and English abilities step-by-step, at the students’ own pace. This means those who missed essential concepts in class can go back and catch-up, and those who are capable are free to tackle the advanced content they are comfortable with.
Kumon students’ attitudes towards learning often change because they’re placed at the right level of learning and, eventually, their abilities are stretched beyond their school grade.
There are two Kumon Education Centres in the Townsville area, one in Pimlico and the other in Kirwan.
Andrea enrolled Ella to boost her daughter’s ability and confidence in mathematics. Ella has been studying Kumon Maths for around two-and-a-quarter years, and as such, has worked daily to gradually build her abilities.
Ella, who commences Year 9 this year, attends her Kumon Centre twice a week to develop her numbers acumen, and completes around 20 to 30 minutes of daily Kumon homework.
“Kumon is extra homework but it really paid off when I started high school. Back in primary school I always dreaded maths…it was my least favourite subject because I was always confused”, Ella says.
“But Kumon has helped me understand everything and my grades have improved, recently I did a maths test and got 100% correct. Before, I was always getting a C or B in maths tests.”
Alec, who starts Year 6 this year, has a similar schedule to Ella to develop his English ability. When he began Kumon, Alec’s literacy was lagging way behind. This was impacting his academic performance and deflating his confidence.
However, Kumon gave Alec the chance to close the gaps in his English. He is now ahead of his class.
“Alec has built up a substantial vocabulary and has developed a passion for reading”, Andrea says.
“The Kumon discipline has positively spilled into his daily routine too. Alec has learnt to take responsibility for his Kumon and school homework.”