The importance of being self-motivated.
Kumon places a large emphasis on training students to work independently. This is because we try to teach students to learn by themselves without the constant need of a nearby teacher.
The Kumon worksheets are designed so as to facilitate the self-learning process. They replace, to a large degree, the traditional role of the teacher leaving students to work independently. When necessary, students refer to the many excellent examples strategically placed throughout the Kumon levels.
This type of learning is part of Kumon’s overall motivation process. Students feel best about getting an answer right when they know that they are responsible for arriving at it by themselves. Having a teacher spoon-feed answers to students does little to cultivate the habit of self-reliance.