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Wednesday January 24, 2018

Learning centre boosts skills of local maths whizzes 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 and have been classmates there together for a few years improving their math and English skills – now they are ready for high school. Kumon is one of 330 across Australia and New Zealand, with 53,600 students enrolled throughout. They are dedicated to maths and English tutoring, and designed a programme to help students develop self-esteem and the ability to self-learn. “[Kumon] improved my confi-

dence 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

Yana Gupta and Jasmine Devery are ready for their new learning adventure at Newlands College. PHOTO: Supplied

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. Yana and Jasmine recently graduated from Newlands Intermediate School and will soon attend Newlands College together. 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.

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