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1 February 2018
Friends, high-achievers and math whizzes: Yana and Jasmine’s story
Yana Gupta and Jasmine Devery, both 13-years-old, are friends, high-achievers, and math whizzes far ahead of their peers.
Yana and Jasmine are students at Kumon Johnsonville in Wellington and have been classmates there together since a young age. This centre is one of 330 across Australia and New Zealand, with 53,600 students enrolled throughout. Kumon is dedicated to maths and English tutoring, and is designed to help students develop self-esteem and the ability to self-learn.
Both say Kumon boosted their overall confidence and helped them to achieve at school.
“It’s improved my confidence and it’s placed me into maths extension at school,” Yana says. “Sometimes what we learn in school is all revision for me which is good because I can focus on a level I’m meant to be at with Kumon worksheets and practice skills I already know at school.”
And Jasmine says Kumon study gave her the basics in mathematics, giving her a strong foundation for advanced learning.
“It helped me to learn the basics – like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and it’s helped me to be faster and more accurate,” Jasmine says. “It’s also helped me with discipline and being more structured.”
Jasmine says she is considering becoming a scientist or teacher when she grows up, and Yana is contemplating a career that combines mathematics and music.
Vinita Gupta, Yana’s mother, says Kumon can help boost the achievement of students who are already excelling.
“It’s not only for the kids who might be struggling at maths and English,” Vinita says. “It’s also for the kids whose maths and English is good. It’s helped Yana to stay focussed, to stay on track.”
Meanwhile, Grace Gentiles-Devery, Jasmine’s mother, says the challenge that Kumon presents helps keep Jasmine motivated and interested in her advanced study.
“The challenge keeps motivating her to get to another level of learning with a new lesson that requires her to understand and learn new concepts,” Grace says.
Robyn Purdie, their Kumon Instructor, says Jasmine and Yana are both perfect examples of what the Kumon Programme aims to achieve.
“The Kumon goal is that students will study ahead of their age at primary school to prepare for college and not struggle with higher learning,” Robyn says.
Yana and Jasmine begin college together this year.
Yana Gupta (left) with Jasmine Devery (right) at Kumon Johnsonville.
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