Kumon’s math program is a very effective way to increase your child’s math ability and improve their math grades in school. However, one of the main problems parents face with the program is that many students find the handouts repetitive and boring and are very resistant to completing the work.

For many students, this is particularly the case when starting a new Kumon level and the handouts become more difficult and require more concentration. This is why Kumon’s math program begins with an Easy Start level, in which the student begins the program at a level that they can complete quickly and easily, thus gaining confidence in their own abilities. It is inevitable, however, that as the student progresses through the program, she will eventually find a new level that is more challenging for her. This is when many students become reluctant to complete their work.

One of the first ways to overcome this problem is to consider if the student is struggling so much that their workload has become too heavy. When they meet a new level, some students find the work so difficult that it can take up to an hour to complete a single booklet, especially if they have difficulty concentrating. In a case like this, it can be beneficial to split your booklets into two parts and only complete half a booklet a day. This makes the work seem less overwhelming and can help motivate the student. When they can complete the job in the standard completion time, they can go back to making a full booklet every day.

One of the methods Kumon uses to motivate students is to give them stickers on a chart for completing their workbooks. When their table is complete, they are awarded a small prize. This works very well for young children, for whom rewards are often a great source of excitement, but is less successful with older students who may not be motivated by such techniques. In this case, parents can often successfully identify some type of achievement and reward structure that works for their child. Goals for this can be set by the parents in conjunction with the Kumon instructor; an example would be the successful completion of a level. Parents can then identify what reward would be appropriate. This may be an amount of money, an outing, or another privilege that the parent feels is an appropriate reward for the goal achieved.

One of the goals of Kumon is for students to develop advanced study skills and be able to study independently. This is best achieved when the student truly takes ownership of their own learning from it. One of the best ways to accomplish this goal is to hold the student accountable, under her age-appropriate guidance, for grading and marking her own work. Not only does this make them find the mistakes they make, but it also requires them to identify where they went wrong with the problem and correct it accordingly.

Using the above methods, it should be possible to make even a student who is very resistant to using the Kumon Method take responsibility for their learning, complete their booklets in the standard completion time, and do so as accurately as possible.

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