I am a current student at Kumon, and I'm a high-school freshman (9th grade). I've been attending since I was 3 years old. Yes, I've been attending Kumon for 12 years.
I have to admit, I've had plenty of moments where I absolutely hated Kumon. Loathed it, even. I used to cry and sob every time I had to do long division. I hated it, but I knew it would help. Many people talk about how it hasn't helped their child at all but there are many factors we must take into account.
Firstly, the time matters. When you've been attending Kumon for a longer period of time, it tends to help you more. Most parents who have had children attending Kumon had their children enrolled for anywhere from anywhere from a few months to about 2 years. I can understand why this wouldn't help, your child hasn't been in the program for very long. However, I've been attending for 12 years and counting, and I honestly can't begin to explain how much it has helped me. In elementary school, I always had phenomenal grades because I had already learned most of the material from Kumon. What we were learning in school was basically a review.
All throughout elementary and middle school, and even high school now, Kumon's impact on my education has been obvious. Kumon helps so much, with all levels of math. For example, in algebra, I already knew the majority of what I was being taught, and I was able to help my friends with their schoolwork when they didn't understand it. Just last week, in my current math class (geometry), we were factoring to solve a problem that involved algebra, and my friend was having trouble factoring a polynomial where a was not equal to one. I taught him the cross method (a relatively simple method taught in Kumon to factor) and he understood immediately!
Kumon has also prepared me for future courses. Currently in math, we are learning geometry. Although Kumon doesn't really touch upon geometry as much, I am still able to use my algebra skills to help me (I finished all of Algebra I and Algebra II by the end of 6th grade). Recently, I finished pre-calculus and am now doing Trigonometry. After Trigonometry, I will move onto Calculus and will learn through AP Calculus. I cannot even begin to explain how much this will help my grades in school, especially since schoolwork after 9th grade has a huge impact on college. Doing well only increases your chances of going to a great college, and Kumon is the right way to go!
I do admit, I used to hate Kumon with all my heart. I used to beg my mother to quit. But in recent years, I've found myself thanking her and my instructor for keeping me in Kumon. It honestly helped so much. And while we're on the topic of instructors, many people have had bad interactions with their instructors, but this is not necessarily all instructors. An instructor depends entirely on them, it isn't Kumon's fault if they're not very nice. For me, I have a great instructor. She's basically become family now, us having known her for 12 years. She always explained my math and reading to me very well when I didn't understand, and she always made sure I completely understood before moving me on to a new topic.
I always feel at home at Kumon, and over the summer, I am welcome to volunteer there to help with the younger kids and the kids whose coursework I've already mastered. My instructor is a great woman, and I always discuss my current grades with her. I keep her updated on everything happening at school whenever I go to the Kumon center (twice a week) and she always provides me with great advice. Her, my mother and myself have the rest of my education planned out, up to and including college! I am so grateful to have such a great instructor.
To end, I want to say that yes, Kumon will be a lot of tears, and it will be very annoying and irritating and children will hate it (trust me, I went through it myself), but in the end, it has helped me and is continuing to help me so much more than me and my mother originally bargained for. I truly mean it when I say Kumon is worth it.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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