Q: What is different about Kumon
from other tutoring programs?
A: The Kumon method and materials are unique. Kumon has
designed its own curriculum which students can self-learn
easily. They advance through the program at their own pace,
completing a small amount of work every day. Kumon also is
affordable which allows more students to benefit from it.
Q: How long will it take for my child to attain his or her
appropriate grade level?
A: That depends on your child. Kumon is a long-term program, not
a quick fix. Our goal is not just to get your child to pass the
next test at school. Our goal is to pinpoint where the
underlying weak areas are for your child, and to go back and
start from that point. That way we can re-build a strong
foundation, which is the key to success for a child's lifetime.
It takes most students that are behind approximately six months
to one year to catch up to Kumon grade level, and then work
ahead to an advanced level.
Q: How do you teach the students?
A: Our curriculum consists of thousands of
worksheets, arranged in very small steps, starting from very
simple pre-school work all the way to high school and university
level work. Each step, or worksheet, builds very gradually from
the next, and each time a new concept is introduced, examples
and explanations are given. By starting at a comfortable point,
and moving ahead only when they are ready, students can move
through much of the work independently.
I strictly implement the Kumon method at my center. We grade
student's homework and class work, monitor and analyze each
student's performance and progress, and make appropriate lesson
plans for each student. When students need help, We are always
here to guide them through and answer any questions.
Q: How do you expect my child to do Kumon every day?
A: Kumon homework only takes 15-30 minutes every
day. The Kumon work is deliberately easy at the beginning. We
give the student homework that we know he or she can do.
Completing the daily assignments quickly and with a good score
will boost the student's confidence, and make him or her see
Kumon as a positive rather than a negative experience.
Q: My son hates math. How can you help him?
A: His negative attitude is probably the result
of a bad experience that damaged his self-confidence in math.
When he has to do math, his negative feelings and lack of
confidence prevent him from doing as well as he could. Kumon
will help by taking him back to a point where he can experience
success and by showing him all of the things he can do in math.
This will relieve his frustration, improve his self-confidence,
and give him a foundation to build better skills also.
Q: Do you
A: Most students show improvements after attending Kumon, both
academically and in areas such as confidence and study skills.
If students complete their daily assignments, attend class
regularly, and follow our study plan, they will show improvement
within approximately one to three months.
Q: What kind
of test will you give my child before starting Kumon?
A: Kumon has developed its own tests for
students that enroll in its program. Their primary purpose is to
show us where students will be more comfortable starting in the
program. The math tests concentrates on assessing speed and
accuracy with basic calculation skills, because s strong
foundation in this area is crucial for success with all higher
math. The reading test concentrates on assessing basic reading,
reading comprehension, and writing skills for the same reasons.
Q: My daughter is on the swim team,
takes dance lessons, and gets tons of homework. I'm not sure if
she can fit this into her schedule.
A: Kumon recommends that your child comes to the Center twice a
week for about 20 minutes per subject. Homework must be
completed on the five days that students do not attend class,
and will take around 15-20 minutes per subject. Many students
find it easiest to do it first thing in the morning, or before
their regular homework. What is crucial is that it is done
daily, so it is important that you are able to commit to this
schedule - if not you will not see the results.
Academic success at least is equally important as other
subjects. Math and Reading are the fundamental skills for other
academic fields. Kumon believes "Practice Makes Perfect". Like
swimming and dancing, Math and Reading need practice too.
Q: My daughter is in high
school and wouldn't be comfortable working around younger
children. Do you have separate time for older students?
A: We want all of our
students to be comfortable in the Center. There is usually a mix
of ages and grades in the Center at any time. Younger children
have their own area.
Q: We live far away. Can we
come just once a week?
A: It is preferable that
you come twice a week, for several reasons. First of all, every
time students come to class, I can observe their work and give
them whatever help they need therefore the more often they can
come the better it is for them. Additionally, the more often
they come to class, the more frequently I can review their
homework. This means that I will see right away if they need to
review a section , or if they are ready to move ahead. If you
can only come to the center once a week, we can discuss more in
details for home grading.
Q: My children are already getting
good grades. Won't they be bored with the low starting point you
A: Even though they are doing well at school, Kumon has
exceptionally high standards for speed and accuracy. Most
advanced students such as your children can be motivated by
showing them the work that they will be doing in the future. In
addition, giving them the challenge of "beating the clock" can
also motivate many students. Kumon recognizes each student who
is studying six months or more beyond grade level by receiving
an Advanced Student Honor Roll (ASHR) certificate at our
Award Ceremony held each summer. Currently more than 70% of
our students are in Kumon Honor Role