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26 April 2018
Jessica aspires to keep learning at Cambridge
Jessica Villegas, 15-years-old, is so far advanced in her studies that she completed a course on matrices and equations at the University of Canterbury last year.
Jessica enrolled in the UC course after she completed Year 13 maths while she was only in Year 10. After she graduates school, Jessica wants to pursue even more advanced learning by studying engineering or medicine at the UK’s Cambridge University.
“I want to achieve a lot of things after school”, Jessica said. “I don’t want to stop at medicine or engineering, I want to keep learning.”
Jessica credits her advanced academic abilities to her Kumon studies, which began when she was a young child in the Philippines and continue now at Kumon Papanui. This centre is one of 35 across New Zealand and brings learning back to its basics through the pencil-and-paper Kumon Method of Learning.
The method focuses purely on raising children’s reading and calculation ability, as they are fundamental to success in all subjects at school. In turn, this gives students a solid foundation in maths and English and lays the groundwork for students to succeed in school and in later life.
At Kumon, students’ progress through the worksheet programme learning at a level that isn’t defined by their age, but by their ability.
“Kumon has given me so much confidence”, Jessica said. “I have Kumon to thank for finishing Year 13 maths early, and it’s helped me become more interested in pursuing engineering or medicine.”
Luannie Villegas, Jessica’s mother and a registered nurse, explained that Jessica and her siblings Justine and Jasmine wanted to try Kumon after they saw it advertised in the Philippines. When the family migrated to New Zealand, the kids wanted to continue their studies.
“My kids were initially shy but Kumon helped them gain more confidence”, Luannie said. “I think it also helped them adjust to life in New Zealand.” Saree Lawler, Instructor at Kumon Papanui, said she is very proud of Jessica.
“I am immensely proud of Jessica and of Kumon’s part in providing solid ‘scaffolding’ for her upward and outward learning journey,” Saree said.
“Such a journey is exactly what Kumon is meant for, to provide tailored and gradually progressive steps so everyone can become a confident, capable and curious learner like Jessica.”
“I will follow her journey with much interest.”
Jessica Villegas, Kumon student and aspiring Cambridge scholar.
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