Kumon Stories: Life Skills for a Lifelong Advantage

In Kumon, students are trained to discover essential life skills that help them achieve their goals as they continue with their journey. The method’s holistic approach to learning not only improves academic performance but also enables students to develop further life skills that can be used beyond school.

In this article, we will showcase stories from various Kumon parents and their children who have not only excelled academically but also gained valuable life skills for a lifelong advantage.

Building Confidence

Charlemagne Cejo, mother of Kumon Student Cyrie Jolisse, shares her experience with Kumon and its impact on her daughter. “It was the right choice for us to enroll our daughter in Kumon. It developed her independence and confidence that, with practice, she can try and read anything she wants.”

Kumon’s focus on self-learning and mastery encourages students to work at their own pace and take ownership of their education. This approach builds confidence, a crucial life skill that will serve them well in the future.

Time Management and Discipline

Atty. Sittie Raifah Pamaloy-Hassan, a parent of twin Kumon students, found Kumon beneficial for her kids not just academically but in becoming time-conscious and developing discipline. “Entrusting my kids to Kumon for more than two years is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The program has shaped my twins into children every parent wants – disciplined, respectful, and warriors. They have become goal and go-getters. Kumon trained them to manage their time and set their targets.”

Kumon’s daily practice routine instills discipline and time management in students, skills that are essential for success in any aspect of life.

Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Critical thinking and problem-solving are skills that go beyond textbooks and tests. The Kumon Method, which emphasizes independent learning and understanding concepts deeply, equips students with these valuable skills. Engr. Leo Dones, a Kumon Math Completer, testifies, “Kumon developed my skill to think outside of the box. Since the Kumon Math Program shows you the basics, you are highly encouraged to think outside of the box, especially on the higher levels. This skill helped me so much in shaping my work ethic as a Software Engineer – I need to create alternative ways of solving anything, even if the issues were technical.”

Perseverance and Grit

Life is full of obstacles, and the ability to persevere and show grit in the face of adversity is crucial. Kumon instills this quality in its students through its small-step learning approach. Engr. Ma. Jessica Laine Tumbaga, a Kumon Math Completer, recalls, “Whenever I face difficulties on a certain topic, I’ve learned to be patient and try to study it at my own pace. This has taught me to be self-reliant. It also made me realize that with faith and determination, I can overcome any struggle and ultimately achieve my dreams in life.”

These stories highlight that the benefits of the Kumon Program extend far beyond academic achievement. Kumon equips students with life skills that are indispensable in the real world, helping them become confident, disciplined, critical thinkers, and resilient individuals. These skills provide a lifelong advantage, enabling students to excel in all areas of their lives.

In a world that demands more than just book smarts, Kumon offers a well-rounded approach to education, shaping young minds into capable and confident individuals who are ready to take on life’s challenges with determination and success.


Kumon is the world's leading after-school enrichment program. We offer two subjects: Math and Reading in more than 300 Kumon Centers nationwide.

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