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Parents share how Kumon has helped with homework, math, reading and more.

What is Kumon?

Kumon is the world’s largest after-school enrichment program. We have math and reading curriculums that start with preschool material for kids who enroll as young as age three, and advance all the way to the end of high school.

Kumon has two sides: the academic learning side and the side where we teach students how to self-learn, gain confidence and become independent thinkers. We combine advancing their math and reading skills with teaching them how to become even better students. How to put in effort. How to learn from failure. How to evaluate and be analytical when they’re solving a problem and find a mistake. How not to erase the whole answer but go back and find exactly where the mistake occurred.

Over time, many of our students become very confident as they work on material years beyond their grade level. They often find themselves doing school homework much faster and with better results. And many are able to qualify for advanced classes in high school that help with their future college education.

How does Kumon work?

In the Kumon Program, students learn through daily practice of about 30 minutes per subject per day. Two days a week they complete assignments at their Kumon Center, and the other days they do them at home, or wherever life takes them. When you first enroll your children, we’ll have them complete a placement test that identifies the most appropriate starting level for them. This has nothing to do with their age or grade in school; it’s about the skills they’ve mastered to date. Based on their starting level, they’ll work on daily assignments through what we call a self-learning approach. As they’re working on their assignments, we’re also assessing whether they’ve mastered each concept by looking at their speed and accuracy. If they’ve mastered it, great! They advance to the next level. If they haven’t, we have them go back to relearn those concepts.

How is Kumon better than tutoring for students who have fallen behind?

The answer is very simple. In Kumon, we go back to the root of the problem, while tutors most often help with an immediate need. As an example, assume your children are struggling with fractions. A tutor may help them advance past the immediate struggle. The Kumon Program, on the other hand, recognizes that their struggle likely stems from having missed another portion of fundamental learning, possibly subtraction or addition. So the Kumon Program allows them to go back, helping them master the fundamentals before moving on. Through self-learning, they learn to walk on their own, not to depend on someone to hold their hand along the way. Because we all want our children to become independent, confident learners.

How does self-learning in Kumon differ from traditional teaching?

To understand self-learning, it’s important to first understand what we’re all familiar with, which is traditional learning. In the classroom environment, your children are often passive learners. They may be sitting in class, but are they really paying attention? Are they fully engaged or daydreaming in space? So whatever the teacher is teaching, there’s no guarantee it has been fully grasped.

Conversely, self-learning in Kumon keeps your children actively engaged. They learn by studying examples and then are able to do the work on their own, as opposed to a teacher—or a tutor—sitting there and explaining how to solve the problem. They’re learning by doing, not by watching, and they’re relying on themselves instead of on what the teacher knows.

Why keep your child in Kumon year-round?

The real value of Kumon, and what sets us apart from other learning programs and tutors, is the impact our unique method makes on your child’s success throughout school, and beyond. This is true regardless of whether a student is a bit behind when starting Kumon or has already been earning A’s. Parents also find that year-round Kumon Instruction eliminates the need to ever hire a tutor again. That’s because our unique approach starts by closing the gaps in fundamental learning that so often lead to struggles in later years.

How does Kumon help smart kids get even smarter?

A wonderful difference between the Kumon curriculum and the school curriculum is that your children advance based on their abilities. In school, your children are limited—regardless of what knowledge they have, if they are in third grade, they’ll study third-grade material. In Kumon, they have the freedom to go beyond. They don’t progress based on their age or grade but based on what they know. That’s why so many Kumon children are studying material one, two, three or more years ahead of their grade level.

Answering Your Questions

"We love Kumon! Saw immediate results and improvement; so glad we found Kumon!!" – Denise, Austin

"I have been bringing my children here for a couple of years now. All I can say is, if you want your kids to learn good study habits and get ahead of the crowd in school, this is perfect for you." – Manny, Texas

"My son needed help in math, so when I saw the new Kumon driving by, I wanted to check it out... It was a great experience, and I have to say, after only five months my son received a math award at school—this was a great reward for him and such a boost for his confidence! I have to add that this has made him more independent in doing all his homework, and that only took several weeks... You have to try it, it's the best investment you can make for your child!" – Debi, California

"Math has been so intimidating and difficult for my daughter. My daughter is now 12, and I cannot believe that she happily tells me that her favorite subject is math!!! Now she has confidence in math and gets A’s in math at middle school. This would not be the same if she did not have a foundation from Kumon. Thank you to every single instructor at Kumon!!" – Kimi, Washington

"We are so happy with the results we've seen in just a few short months! Our daughter is reading with confidence now! :)" – Autumn, Kentucky

"It's some of the best money we have spent on our son. Homework is not a nightly battle any longer because he understands what he's doing." – TL, Ohio

"My daughter has been coming here for two months, and her grades have improved significantly in school! Students experience success at any age or level. Highly recommended!" – Amaris, Miami

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The Kumon Method
is different from tutoring

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The Kumon Method
is different
from tutoring

1

Tutoring may not get to the root of the problem.

  • When a child needs help with math or reading, tutoring often focuses on addressing an immediate need, such as “help with fractions, algebra or 4th grade spelling.”
Read More
  • The Kumon Method, on the other hand, recognizes that a child’s struggle likely stems from having missed earlier, fundamental learning.
  • This may mean taking your child back at first, to ensure this important learning is mastered, before moving forward.
  • If the missed fundamentals aren’t mastered, it leaves the door open to more struggles in the future—and more tutors.

“I was hesitant at first, because my daughter was started a step back rather than at her current level. They tell you this is the best way so that the students have a better understanding and grasp of the material. Instead of being the usually overstepping parent, I sat back and watched my child flourish in the program; she was six months ahead of grade level after being enrolled for eight months in Kumon.”
– Elethia, New York

2

Kumon identifies where your child’s learning started to fall behind, while a tutor may not.

  • To first fix the root of your child’s struggles, the starting point needs to be correct. So while a tutor may begin tutoring a fifth grader on fifth-grade material, Kumon may start them at a different level.
Read More
  • Instead, your child will complete an assessment test to measure mastery to date, identify gaps in learning and pinpoint the best individualized starting point for your child.
  • This may be at a level below your expectations, but it’s critical that those gaps be filled first, so your child can better master more advanced concepts as he or she progresses through the Kumon Program.

“I love that they take the time to review each child's level and start with the basics. As your child progresses, they continue to a higher level. I'm very happy.”
– Yvonne, Miami

3

Tutoring is passive learning. Kumon teaches self-learning.

  • One of the most important differences between the Kumon Method and math or reading tutor is the concept of self-learning.
Read More
  • A tutor often sits with a child and explains how to solve a problem. This makes the child a “passive learner,” listening to an explanation with no guarantee that the concept has been fully grasped. This is why struggles often resurface.
  • Conversely, self-learning in Kumon keeps your children actively engaged. They learn by studying examples and then are able to do the work on their own. They’re learning by doing, not by watching, and they’re relying on themselves instead of on what the tutor knows.

“Some parents may not understand this when they first start Kumon (I didn't), but Kumon's goal is to get your children to be independent learners and thinkers. It may seem weird for someone to come to a Kumon Center and see more than half the kids working on their own. Some would think, 'Why is my kid not being tutored?' As a former high school math teacher and current administrator at a law school, I can assure you, our kids do not need more tutors. They need to have the level of motivation and confidence to independently tackle a difficult problem in their school work and later in life.”
– Robert, Burbank

4

Tutoring ends when a child catches up. Kumon keeps them advancing.

  • A math or reading tutor typically helps children with the material they’re being taught in the current grade. Once they start performing a bit better, the tutoring usually ends.
Read More
  • Why not keep your child advancing? In Kumon, learning doesn’t have to stop because the current test scores improve. And learning isn’t limited by age or grade.
  • Children, no matter their age, can advance to the highest levels all the way through high school calculus and Shakespeare. That’s why many Kumon children who started a bit behind not only catch up but advance to studying material several years ahead of their grade level.

“The best afterschool program you can find anywhere. Our bigger son finished both the math and reading program before middle school. Kumon helped him and us greatly. He has been a straight-A student from first grade through middle school. And he is very confident in himself because of what he learned in Kumon. Highly recommended if you want your kids to excel at school and life!”
– Timmy, Georgia

5

Kumon is an ongoing learning enrichment program, not a tutoring center.

  • Parents often choose tutoring in the hopes of quickly eliminating a child’s need for math or reading help. But a short-term fix doesn’t address the fundamental gaps in learning.
Read More
  • The Kumon Method ensures children master every building block of learning through a proven method of short, daily assignments known as the Kumon Worksheets.
  • The assignments take approximately 30 minutes per subject per day, two days a week at the Kumon Center and the other days at home. Each worksheet ensures a concept is mastered before moving on to the next incrementally more challenging worksheet.
  • It may take longer to see results, but this little bit of study every day and ongoing mastery is how Kumon kids succeed.
  • Over time, you not only eliminate homework struggles, you also help your child build a foundation of knowledge, independence and confidence that will last a lifetime.

"My daughter started Kumon Math just under a year ago, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. She is already above grade level and feels so much more confident in school. Kumon not only teaches the fundamental know-how; I find that the repetitive nature of the workbooks helps children master mental math much more effectively than in school. I've gone from wanting Kumon to be a six-month 'gap-filler' program to it being a springboard for many years to come to keep her ahead of the game.”
– Sammi, New York

1

Tutoring may not get to the root of the problem.

  • When a child needs help with math or reading, tutoring often focuses on addressing an immediate need, such as “help with fractions, algebra or 4th grade spelling.”
  • The Kumon Method, on the other hand, recognizes that a child’s struggle likely stems from having missed earlier, fundamental learning.
  • This may mean taking your child back at first, to ensure this important learning is mastered, before moving forward.
  • If the missed fundamentals aren’t mastered, it leaves the door open to more struggles in the future—and more tutors.

“I was hesitant at first, because my daughter was started a step back rather than at her current level. They tell you this is the best way so that the students have a better understanding and grasp of the material. Instead of being the usually overstepping parent, I sat back and watched my child flourish in the program; she was six months ahead of grade level after being enrolled for eight months in Kumon.” – Elethia, New York

2

Kumon identifies where your child’s learning
started to fall behind, while a tutor may not.

  • To first fix the root of your child’s struggles, the starting point needs to be correct. So while a tutor may begin tutoring a fifth grader on fifth-grade material, Kumon may start them at a different level.
  • Instead, your child will complete an assessment test to measure mastery to date, identify gaps in learning and pinpoint the best individualized starting point for your child.
  • This may be at a level below your expectations, but it’s critical that those gaps be filled first, so your child can better master more advanced concepts as he or she progresses through the Kumon Program.

“I love that they take the time to review each child's level and start with the basics. As your child progresses, they continue to a higher level. I'm very happy.” – Yvonne, Miami

Kumon Instructor helping child
3

Tutoring is passive learning.
Kumon teaches self-learning.

  • One of the most important differences between the Kumon Method and math or reading tutor is the concept of self-learning.
  • A tutor often sits with a child and explains how to solve a problem. This makes the child a “passive learner,” listening to an explanation with no guarantee that the concept has been fully grasped. This is why struggles often resurface.
  • Conversely, self-learning in Kumon keeps your children actively engaged. They learn by studying examples and then are able to do the work on their own. They’re learning by doing, not by watching, and they’re relying on themselves instead of on what the tutor knows.

“Some parents may not understand this when they first start Kumon (I didn't), but Kumon's goal is to get your children to be independent learners and thinkers. It may seem weird for someone to come to a Kumon Center and see more than half the kids working on their own. Some would think, 'Why is my kid not being tutored?' As a former high school math teacher and current administrator at a law school, I can assure you, our kids do not need more tutors. They need to have the level of motivation and confidence to independently tackle a difficult problem in their school work and later in life.” – Robert, Burbank

4

Tutoring ends when a child catches up. Kumon keeps them advancing.

  • A math or reading tutor typically helps children with the material they’re being taught in the current grade. Once they start performing a bit better, the tutoring usually ends.
  • Why not keep your child advancing? In Kumon, learning doesn’t have to stop because the current test scores improve. And learning isn’t limited by age or grade.
  • Children, no matter their age, can advance to the highest levels all the way through high school calculus and Shakespeare. That’s why many Kumon children who started a bit behind not only catch up but advance to studying material several years ahead of their grade level.

“The best afterschool program you can find anywhere. Our bigger son finished both the math and reading program before middle school. Kumon helped him and us greatly. He has been a straight-A student from first grade through middle school. And he is very confident in himself because of what he learned in Kumon. Highly recommended if you want your kids to excel at school and life!” – Timmy, Georgia

Student with graded worksheet
5

Kumon is an ongoing learning enrichment program, not a tutoring center.

  • Parents often choose tutoring in the hopes of quickly eliminating a child’s need for math or reading help. But a short-term fix doesn’t address the fundamental gaps in learning.
  • The Kumon Method ensures children master every building block of learning through a proven method of short, daily assignments known as the Kumon Worksheets.
  • The assignments take approximately 30 minutes per subject per day, two days a week at the Kumon Center and the other days at home. Each worksheet ensures a concept is mastered before moving on to the next incrementally more challenging worksheet.
  • It may take longer to see results, but this little bit of study every day and ongoing mastery is how Kumon kids succeed.
  • Over time, you not only eliminate homework struggles, you also help your child build a foundation of knowledge, independence and confidence that will last a lifetime.

“My daughter started Kumon Math just under a year ago, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. She is already above grade level and feels so much more confident in school. Kumon not only teaches the fundamental know-how; I find that the repetitive nature of the workbooks helps children master mental math much more effectively than in school. I've gone from wanting Kumon to be a six-month 'gap-filler' program to it being a springboard for many years to come to keep her ahead of the game.”
– Sammi, New York

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