What are your views on Kumon? Is repetitive learning in math good for kids?

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June 21, 2018

My son's teacher reccommended we look into Kumon to help him with his difficulty understanding math. Is it really worth it? Does anyone have any experience as to whether their methods work?

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User in Kingsland, TX
March 14, 2015

This style of studding has been used through out the ages and is used today.The trick is to find out if this is a workable style for you and your child.Generally math problems stem back to elemental levels for example ; + _ X and division and we cant for get fractions and decimals. and these concepts really for many prove to be learnable by that repeditive style.

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Set up an appointment to talk to them. Hear what they have to say. See if they'll either let you observe a lesson or do an initial lesson for free. No tutor or method of tutoring is perfect. Ever child is different. What works for one may not work for another.

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Ramsa in Richmond, TX
June 27, 2018

Kumon can be very beneficial, but as a student, repetitive learning can also become, for lack of better words, boring, as well as discouraging. In order for kids to truly retain information, they should engage in unique and changing activities to help them learn in a number of ways and stay interested.

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I am not familiar with what Kumon has to offer as far as services are concerned, but I like to go outside the box when it comes to teaching and giving the student instruction based on their personality, what they like, and how they learn. In-home learning is the best in my opinion as far as tutoring because they are their own comfortable atmosphere. The books they sell in the bookstores are helpful, however depending on affordability. But, that goes for any educational book and what the focus is. But getting that personal touch is more rewarding and it makes the learning process memorable, which is what I aim to achieve.

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I am not familiar with Kumon

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Every child learns differently. If your child learns with lesson repetition then Kumon may be the way to go. However, most children who have difficulty in "understanding" math are kinestetic learners. They need a tangible(hands on or video) example to visualize basic concepts that his mind can then build on and manipulate in the future to find answers to questions within that concept.

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User in New York, NY
May 21, 2018

Hello, my son was really good at Maths and was recomended to go to Kumon anyway; he loved it! It is worth it! I wouldn't doubt it, it's not only the Maths, it's their method. Angie A.

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Kumon is a wonderful service!!! I myself went through Kumon for many years. They are very helpful in math, and I was able to excel rather quickly. There is homework every dingle day, even Christmas and Thanksgiving. if you forget to do homework, they include it in your packet for the next week. There is amazing accountability for students, and they learn how to excel beyond their grade level It is something that I would recommend to everyone!

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I have tutored students that were also enrolled in Kumon. To my understanding, they do some sort of initial assessment to determine your child's grade level, then your child is given worksheets to complete. There is no personalization or one-on-one instruction. If he has difficulty learning new math concepts, Kumon may not be the best option.

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Sandra in Briggs, TX
Oct. 24, 2017

Your son spends most of his waking hours at school or doing homework. What more do they WANT? Either their curriculum or the teacher is at fault. If you want to spend the rest of your child's K-12 years doing homework every evening and doling out for tutoring, you should take the teacher's advise. If not, well,there are other options out there. Private schools, private tutors, and homeschooling him yourself/hiring a homeschool mother.

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I'm not an expert on that teaching method, but from what I* have seen it seems like it is very helpful, similar to the old math I learned in school 50 years ago and worked fine for me over the years

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I don't have experience with Kumon. But if you're looking for the best way for your student to learn math, I would highly recommend Stanford University's mini "course" on how to learn math. It's free and informative. Just google "Stanford how to learn math" and click on "how to learn math for students- Stanford Lagunita". This may help you make a more informed decision. Best of luck!

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Kelly in Huffman, TX
Sept. 28, 2017

I did Kumon as a child for 5 years. Kumon requires a lot of discipline on the child's behalf - so, depending on how motivated your child is to learn and progress in Kumon, you as a parent may need to play a role in motivating your child to get his at-home Kumon Packets done (about 4-5 per week). It is a lot work (or so I remember), out the pay-off is incredible. I just graduated with my Master's degree, which required a lot of math and reading. I still am grateful to this day for Kumon and how it furthered my math and reading ability (I can still do things in my head that many others have to do by calculator, thanks to Kumon!!). I hope this helps.

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I work at kumon, and I have only seen success and growth in almost all of the kids at my job. Practicing is the number 1 effective way to get better in math, and that is what Kumon is all about. For whichever days the child does not have an in-class session at kumon, he has a small packet of homework to complete. This ensures that the child practices the math every single day, which contributes for steady improvement. Hope this helped! I very much recommend you look into Kumon as well :)

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Lynda in Chicago, IL
July 6, 2017

It really depends on what type of learner you son is maybe trying a more hands on approach(using blocks and such). However my parents used this approach when home schooling me and I'm surprised by how fast I can understand and connect topics from things I learned years ago now that I am in college.

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Having used Kumon, I have to say some it gets quite repetitive. I came to loathe having to continuously do the same problems daily over and over. I became more advanced in math than all my classmates; but once I stopped, I forgot most of the material I learned. However, it is a great way to practice what you already know. I don't suggest using it to get ahead or better learn material.

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User in Haughton, LA
Feb. 15, 2017

Repetitive practice is absolutely crucial for math.

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User in Las Vegas, NV
Nov. 24, 2016

Yes. It is all about practice, practice, practice. Repetition after Repetition. I had similar experience when I was elementary student back in Korea. It is good to master basic skills to tackle future challenges.

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User in Carnegie, PA
Oct. 2, 2016

It doesnt work!! They are all about money

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User in New York, NY
Sept. 4, 2016

I think it's trustworthy and standard, but if you find a private tutor who can adjust their style to better fit your son, that might be a good fit, too.

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Speak to a Kumon Representative in your area and have questions prepared to ask. Also ask if you and your child can sit in on a session. Than shop around to other centers to compare. There is Sylvan, Huntington, and Mathnasium to give some examples. Good luck!

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User in El Paso, TX
March 20, 2015

Yes, I like working with tutors that cover more than one subjects.

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User in Houston, TX
Aug. 20, 2016

I'm a math teach so I was retired now, but I can help any student to learn Spanish. Besides, I can help to children 8 years old or more about elementary Math or middle math. I have my certification and my native language is Spanish.

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Though I Believe in repetitive learning, there are other ways to teach a child. I will have to assess the learning style of the child and see where repetitive learning fit him/her

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though I believe in repetitive learning, that is not the only way to teach math. There are other strategies I would use in getting a child to understand math. Repetitive learning may be one of them. However, it depends on the individual child because every child learn differently.

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My advice would be to shop around to compare curriculum, educational atmosphere, and fees. Talk to directors of different learning centers to get a feel for their academic approaches and ask if you can observe some classes going on. You'll soon find out if the services they are providing are worth the money they are charging. Let your child observe the environment as well to see if it fits their level of comfort and challenge.

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User in Saint Louis, MO
March 14, 2015

I really like Kumon. I think that it is easier for the children to grasp what they are learning.

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User in Aurora, IL
March 14, 2015

The idea with Kumon on is that the procedures become rote memory. The child doesn't progress until he performs his current level at the recommended speed. Personally, I prefer other tutoring programs. You can create repetitive study at home without paying a dime. I recommend Khan Academy. They are a free online program and cover all sorts of subjects. They have engaging activities and videos that explain WHY things work, not just how to do them.

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Kumon is excellent! For 3 yrs. now my neice/nephew utilized it elementary school. Your finances must be good to maintain services with them. Kumon methods are research and result proven.

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User in Orlando, FL
May 12, 2016

I love Khan Academy honestly! They are great in the math tutoring area!

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