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25 May 2018

Cleo journeys from Kumon student to student doctor

It was 18-year-old Cleo's own experience with surgery that inspired her pursue a career in medicine.

“Having undergone surgery a few years ago, I really admired the way my doctor treated myself and other patients with the utmost compassion, empathy and respect”, Cleo said. “I was also blown away by his leadership skills, and the way he guided his team of interns and registrars.”

The first year Curtin University medical student aspires to become a “competent and compassionate” doctor, and an advocate for healthcare improvements. Cleo completed high school at Perth Modern School and has finished the Kumon programme at Kumon Canning Vale Education Centre.

Kumon’s maths and English programmes focus on raising children’s reading and calculation ability, as they are fundamental to success in all subjects at school. This gives students a solid foundation in maths and English and lays the groundwork for students to succeed in school and in later life. Kumon also develops students’ ability to think through challenges by themselves.

Cleo said she is grateful to Kumon for helping her develop the work ethic and self-discipline needed to pursue a career in medicine.

“Kumon instils discipline and self-motivation in students”, Cleo explained. “It is one of the main reasons why my work ethic is what it is today and for that I am very grateful.”

Kumon also tailors its teaching to needs of each student.

“In Kumon, you can progress onto the next stage or spend extra time revising difficult concepts,” Cleo said. “The programme is adaptable and flexible which really helps bring out the best in each student.”

Cleo, a former Kumon student and now first year medical student.

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