How Kumon helped Dulcie to develop life-long maths skills

22 July, 2014

How Kumon helped Dulcie to develop life-long maths skills

“I have photographs of her doing Kumon in a tent on safari in Tanzania!”

15-year-old Dulcie Griffiths started on the Kumon Maths Programme at the age of six, originally attending the Oxford, Botley Study Centre, before transferring over to the Oxford, Summertown Study Centre at the end of 2005.

Dulcie’s dedication and determination saw her move up the levels at a great pace, from practicing writing numbers up to 120 to completing the maths programme in October 2013, which saw her studying calculus and its application in order to understand functions. Dulcie recently sat her Year 10 exams at Oxford High School, achieving an impressive 100% for her first maths exam and 96% for the second.

Dulcie says: “Kumon has really helped me inside and outside school with maths over the years. Kumon helps you with studying maths as well as a way of understanding it. It was good to finish Kumon at quite a young age as now I have ability in maths for future years that some other students don’t. I know I will use this ability for the rest of my life so I am extremely pleased to have taken part in Kumon.”

Dulcie’s mother says: “Having seen how the programme worked from Dulcie’s older sister being on it, I didn’t hesitate to start Dulcie. Dulcie always enjoyed Kumon and never had to be told to do it – it just became part of her life (and mine). I have photographs of her doing Kumon in a tent on safari in Tanzania with only a hurricane lamp on as there was no electricity!

“Kumon gave Dulcie tremendous confidence in maths and I think this is one of its most valuable benefits. As the programme breaks down into levels, there is always an achievable goal in sight. Dulcie wanted to complete the programme by the time she was in Year 10 (and had to begin GSCE work) and always worked towards this goal. Kumon gave Dulcie the discipline to be able to achieve an allocated amount of work each day and this has stood her in good stead for school work and revision.”