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Sam’s daughter flips her performance in mathematics


Zoe started Kumon Mathematics after falling behind because of missed schooling due to a childhood illness. But now, with the support of her local Kumon centre, Zoe is ahead of her class.

Zoe, who is in Year 5 at school, studies the Kumon Mathematics programme one year ahead of her school grade level. Her mother Sam explains that this is a complete turnaround, with Zoe’s maths skills and confidence boosted significantly.

“When Zoe first started Kumon two years ago, she was really behind with her maths. Now she’s actually beating the Year 6 students, all of them, in times tables, so that’s purely through Kumon”, Sam says.

“Zoe’s teacher has also told us how impressed she is with Zoe’s maths skills, but more than that is the confidence she brings to the classroom when she has a maths class. She really loves it. She looks forward to it”.

Sam says that the daily routine of completing Kumon worksheets improved Zoe’s attitude towards homework.

“Zoe’s attitude to homework has improved a lot thanks to Kumon”, Sam says. “The daily practise of Kumon has been really helpful. She understands that doing a little bit every day builds on her confidence, her skills, and it reinforces the learning”.

Kumon’s individualised approach to learning also helped Zoe to enjoy mathematics and other areas of learning, Sam says.

“No matter what stage she’s at, no matter what the concepts, it’s always tailor-made. I think that really helps children enjoy Kumon”, Sam says. “It makes it challenging for them in a way that they feel like they want to keep going”.

To learn more about how Kumon Mathematics and English could help your child, contact your nearest centre:

New Zealand Kumon centre operations throughout COVID-19


Kumon centres in New Zealand, excluding Auckland, are gradually re-opening for the in-centre study of worksheets, in line with Alert Level 2 restrictions.

Physical distancing and hygiene practices will be maintained at all times in Kumon centres. A record of attendance for all students will be kept for the purpose of contact tracing.

Please contact your Kumon centre for details and to make arrangements. Procedures at each centre will vary during this period. Kumon centres will always comply with the New Zealand Government advice:

Kumon centres in Auckland will continue to offer home study only, due to the ongoing Alert Level 3 lockdown.

We hope it is reassuring to know your child’s Kumon worksheet study can continue during this period.

For any new Kumon families looking to enrol, we encourage you to contact a Kumon centre near to you. To locate your nearest Kumon centre visit:

We thank you for your understanding.


Nicole sees big improvements during her daughter’s first year of Kumon


While Kumon is primarily a long-term study programme, it can lead to big improvements within the first year of enrolment.

Sydney mum, Nicole, saw dramatic improvement in her daughter Jacinta’s confidence and calculation ability after six months of enrolment with Kumon Mathematics. This was even to the point where Jacinta comfortably studied Kumon Mathematics one year ahead of her school grade level.

“What we’ve noticed already by being at Kumon is her confidence in the classroom. Her school has two classrooms for maths, and she’s moved up to the top classroom now, so that’s given her so much confidence and I’d like to keep that going”, Nicole says.

Nicole believes Kumon’s individualised approach to learning and the daily study habit it instils in students are key factors contributing to Jacinta’s rapid progress.

“I have noticed that if a student is struggling on something, they’ll get more repetition on that particular topic until such a time when they are comfortable they know it. Then, they’ll move on to the next segment”, Nicole says.

“So, every child will dictate the speed at which they go through Kumon.”

The first year of Kumon study builds each student’s ability to develop self-learning; the ability to take in information, process, retain and understand it, without having to rely on being taught every new topic or concept. Confidence, a daily study habit, individualised learning and proficiency in the fundamentals in mathematics and English, are the foundations that underpin self-learning.

Our latest edition of Potential magazine is dedicated to students’ first years of Kumon and the development of self-learning. Visit this link to read the magazine:

Hetanshi tops Cambridge International mathematics in New Zealand


Hetanshi, 17 years old, in Year 12 at school and a former Kumon Mathematics student, topped the class in New Zealand by achieving first place in Cambridge International AS Level Mathematics.

Cambridge International AS Level Mathematics develops a range of skills in students including working with mathematical information, thinking logically and independently, considering accuracy, modelling situations mathematically, and analysing results and reflecting on findings. This programme and examinations are administered by Cambridge International, working with the University of Cambridge.

Hetanshi says her five years of study of the Kumon Mathematics programme helped her greatly in the examination for Cambridge International, and in her schooling too.

“Kumon takes you out of your comfort zone, so when I’m faced with new problems, I don’t run away from them, I attack them”, Hetanshi says.

“I think Kumon has helped me to carry out tasks with speed and accuracy, as well as confidence, which I think is a very crucial skill. This will definitely help me achieve my future endeavors to the best of my ability”.

Hetanshi hopes to pursue a career in science or mathematics once she finishes high school.

Manoj, Hetanshi’s father, says he enrolled his daughter into Kumon so she could develop good learning habits from an early age.

“Kumon develops self-learning techniques which helps kids to go beyond their comfort zone and to start developing their skills, even from the young age while they’re in primary school”, Manoj says.

“This doesn’t only help in school, but actually helps in their future profession and even in real life”.

Passion and great support help Berry’s Kumon centre thrive


Berry Zhu is the proud franchisee of Kumon Gladesville Education Centre in Sydney. She took over from the previous franchisee in 2019. Her own child was attending Kumon there at the time.

“[When I enrolled my child] I was amazed by how well the Kumon worksheets were designed; how systematic it was,” Berry says. “Later on, the centre’s former franchisee decided to retire. She asked me whether I would like to take the opportunity. I said, ‘Yes.’”

Berry says she received great support from the Kumon Sydney Office in giving Kumon Gladesville what she describes as, “a complete makeover.”

When asked how she has found her new role as a Kumon franchisee, Berry says, “It is demanding and it involves lots of details.”

But for Berry all the hard work is worth it when she sees her students make progress.

“I keep seeing the progress of the students and their amazing improvements,” Berry says. “The feedback I receive from parents is also very rewarding.”

Kumon is looking for franchisees to open new or takeover existing Kumon centres at various locations across Australia and New Zealand. If you are interested in one of our franchise opportunities, please register for an Information Meeting.

Year 5 student Cheston studies calculus with Kumon Mathematics


Auckland student Cheston can already study university-level mathematics, and he has not even finished primary school yet.

Cheston, in Year 5 at school, comfortably studies calculus concepts, like differential equations and advanced differentiation and integration, in his Kumon Mathematics worksheets.

Since Cheston is in the final stages of Kumon Mathematics, he self-learns his way through difficult concepts. Self-learning is the ability to take in information, process, retain and understand it, without having to rely on being taught every new topic or concept.

“Kumon helps me face and handle challenges, and to gain confidence in myself,” Cheston says.

Cheston enrolled into Kumon Henderson Education Centre at the age of 3. His mother Vivien says Cheston’s Kumon Instructor individualised the pace of Cheston’s learning to his needs, helping him greatly in his progress.

“The flexibility of Kumon allows Cheston to study at his own pace, which doesn’t put too much pressure on him while helping him to grow and gain confidence,” she says.

Vivien also says Kumon will have long-term benefits for her son.

“Cheston is motivated to learn and to open up his mind to more challenges. Kumon has helped him to build a very good foundation in his learning journey and future growth,” Vivien says.

Cheston hopes to become an accountant or mathematics professor when he grows up.

Beyond mathematics and English: the full benefits of Kumon


Sometimes the purpose of tuition is to help a student catch up. Many families initially seek the support of Kumon Mathematics and English for this reason.

But Kumon goes beyond tuition. We empower students to learn for themselves, rather than preparing for a particular test or assessment. Kumon students work towards building self-learning ability, meaning they will not be dependent on the skills and knowledge of others

Key to this empowerment is advanced study, whereby Kumon students self-learn mathematics and English concepts far ahead of their school grade. Advanced study is more than knowledge acquisition. Toru Kumon, the late founder of Kumon, believed when students self-learn ahead of school grade, their character also grows. Confidence and discipline were specific character traits Toru Kumon saw thousands of students develop during his lifetime.

“Go to any Kumon centre and you can see examples of children developing as people as they develop their academic ability,” Toru Kumon once said.

Research, published in the American Educational Research Journal, backs up Toru Kumon’s belief in the link between academic ability and student’s character development. This study sampled more than 200 students in Years 2, 4, 6 and 8, and found that success in school was linked to children’s growth in positive character traits.

“With success in academic tasks in the school comes positive personality characteristics; with failure comes lower levels of regard for self and abilities,” the researchers conclude. “The relationships become stronger and more powerful as the success or failure becomes prolonged and as a consistent pattern of accomplishments emerges.”

Tan, 17 years old and a completer of the Kumon Mathematics and English programmes, says the personal development he acquired through Kumon is its most valuable aspect.

“I believe the greatest benefits of Kumon is the way it fosters characteristics such as perseverance and discipline,” Tan says. “Kumon helped me develop key characteristics that will enable me to further develop myself professionally and as a person.”

Both Kumon Mathematics and English support students to develop a daily study habit and to use self-learning to overcome challenges in their worksheets. As students build their daily study habit, they develop discipline, and as students overcome challenges using self-learning, they grow in confidence.

To learn more about the positive impacts of Kumon on the lives of our students, visit our YouTube channel.

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Kumon Mathematics and English now open in Porirua, Wellington


Kumon is now open in Porirua, Wellington, to support all children develop their mathematics and English ability.

Kumon Porirua Education Centre is led by Bharti Madnani, a former assistant from the nearby Kumon centre in Johnsonville. Being a centre assistant for nearly six years instilled in Bharti a passion for working with children and supporting her local community.

She says Kumon Porirua will have many benefits for children’s learning.

“Kumon will provide an internationally renowned learning method to Porirua, which has been missing in this area for many years”, Bharti says.

“I want all my students to become advanced students who can comfortably study beyond their school grade, and confident enough to take on new challenges in life.”

“We will help local communities and children to ensure they receive support through our Mathematics and English programmes.”

The Kumon Mathematics programme develops the quick, precise calculation skills necessary for the study of high school mathematics. Kumon English builds a high level of reading comprehension ability.

In both programmes, each worksheet builds on what has come before and prepares students for what comes next, developing students’ confidence and self-learning skill.

“Our instruction of the carefully designed Kumon worksheets will assist all students to become self-learners and gain confidence”, Bharti says.

Kumon Porirua is open on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. The centre is located at Level 1, 6 Hartham Place South, Porirua, Wellington.

Families who wish to enrol are welcome to make an enquiry via this link:

A love of working with children lead Shilpa to become a Kumon franchisee


With two years’ experience, Shilpa Shetty, is the franchisee of Kumon Upper Coomera Education Centre on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Shilpa opened Kumon Upper Coomera as brand-new centre. Initially, she was searching for a Kumon centre for her son to attend, however there were none close to her area. This motivated her to take the next step.

The Kumon Brisbane Office was also looking for a franchisee to open a centre in Upper Coomera and having been selected as the successful applicant, the rest is history.

“It occurred to me that, ‘Why shouldn’t I do this?’” Shilpa says. “I love working with kids.”

Shilpa says it is a highly rewarding role being a Kumon franchisee. It taps into her passion for working with children and nurturing their academic abilities.

“The main thing that motivates me is to help as many children as I can to think for themselves through self-learning”, Shilpa says. “With self-learning, children can attempt anything that’s challenging, whether it be in school or in life, without being scared to attempt it.”

It is through Shilpa’s hard work and ongoing communication with students and parents that she is now seeing the fruits of her efforts.

She offers the following advice for those considering becoming a franchisee.

“I think the most important thing is communication. As a franchisee, make sure you communicate with your customers not only when your students enrol, but throughout the child’s entire journey.”

In addition to Shilpa’s strong focus on communication, she says she received great support from Kumon Brisbane as she established her new business.

“I’m a year and a half into it, but I still have a lot of support from my Field Development Consultant and the Kumon branch office”, Shilpa says. “They’re constantly supporting and really do assist every step of the way, as much as they possibly can.”

Kumon is looking for franchisees open new or takeover existing Kumon centres in various locations across Australia and New Zealand. If you are interested in one of our franchise opportunities, please register for an Information Meeting.

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