Articles for parents

The importance of daily practice

Sep 2023
Toru Kumon understood the importance of consistent and diligent study in order to achieve success.

Many parents helping children to begin their Kumon journey may question how necessary daily study is for the success of the programmes - with so many other day to day tasks demanding attention during the week, would studying every other day instead be enough?

Asking Kumon students to study every day is indeed a big commitment, requiring dedication and perseverance, but we take this approach because we believe that completing an appropriate amount of work daily is simply more effective for the student than having longer study sessions with extended breaks.

Through this 'little and often' approach, our students learn more efficiently and make great progress as they apply what they have learned. This sense of routine also fosters effective study habits and a positive attitude to study.

Consider how you learn a new skill, such as a new language or how to play a musical instrument; you rely on strong focus and regular practise to develop your ability and improve your skill and knowledge. Therefore, it should be no surprise that students who harness the power of practice can achieve similar success in academic study by applying the same principle.

When Kumon was founded in 1954, Toru Kumon understood the importance of consistent and diligent study in order to achieve success. He believed in this principle so much that he began reinforcing it in his son's academic studies. Like parents today, Toru Kumon wanted his son to develop his skills to the best of his abilities. Daily practice was the fundamental stepping stone that helped his oldest son, Takeshi, achieve that goal.

The Kumon programmes continue to stress the importance of practising every day. Around the world, millions of students particate in the simple principle of daily practice. As many of our student success stories have demonstrated, these Kumon students have achieved remarkable results.

The commitment of daily study can be difficult but the results are worth it. Students committed to the Kumon programmes are rewarded with a deeper understanding and advanced ability with maths and literacy which lasts them a lifetime. They also learn a very valuable lesson - a little hard work every day can go a long way!