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Strategy to Teach English and Mathematics with our GEP Approach Designed by ex-MOE HOD and PSLE Markers With a Proven Track Record of Achieving Distinction

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What are some challenges that PSLE students face?

➡️ For English, the addition of new elements like Situational Writing and Comprehension Cloze Passage, as well as the more demanding sections like Synthesis and Transformation and Comprehension Open-ended, can understandably create some stress for students and parents.

➡️ For Mathematics, while the topics themselves may not be too difficult to grasp, the problem-solving aspects in exams call for various problem-solving strategies and techniques. It takes time to get the hang of these approaches.

Here’s why parents trust Cognitus Academy to help their children overcome these challenges

1️⃣ Following methods used in the Gifted Education Programme (GEP), Cognitus Academy has designed a system that develops critical thinking while integrating practical English Language and Mathematical skills that are relevant for school exams.

2️⃣ Our teachers will assess your child's strengths and areas needing improvement in English or Mathematics through regular class tests and termly Mock Exams. We'll provide a detailed and precise diagnosis.

3️⃣ During regular class tests and termly Mock Exams, our teachers will identify areas of weakness and propose a plan of action for helping our students improve.

Message from our Founder

Dr Daniel Chua

Founder and Director

Greetings, parents! I’m Dr. Daniel Chua, a former Head of Department in the Ministry of Education (MOE), an experienced PSLE exam marker, and a former lecturer at the National Institute of Education (NIE).

During my tenure as an MOE teacher, I had the privilege of instructing highly talented students from the Primary Gifted Education Programme (GEP). However, I also recognised that many of my non-GEP students possessed remarkable but untapped potential.

To address this, I decided to impart some of the critical thinking skills typically taught in the GEP to all my students. To my great satisfaction, these skills enabled them to significantly enhance their English and Mathematics grades.

This forms the foundation of our Critical Reading & Writing (CRW) strategy and DEPTH Framework. My team and I employ a ‘gifted’ approach in teaching students of all proficiency levels, ensuring that they too can excel in the respective subjects.

Our Teaching Team

We take pride in helping our students achieve breakthroughs in their results.
We are able to do that because of the strong team that we have built to teach, organise and administer our robust programmes.

At Cognitus Academy, our teachers are the heart and soul of our English and Mathematics programmes. We take great care in selecting our educators, and they go through an intensive 3-month training programme to build their teaching skills.

Our curriculum and teaching methods are always evolving to keep up with changes in the education system. This transformation is led by our curriculum team, which includes ex-MOE teachers, Heads of Department, Senior Teachers, PSLE markers, and our experienced Cognitus instructors.

Introducing our Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) Strategy for English

Our 2 main Primary English Programmes are developed based on the CRW Strategy.

The Primary Regular English Programme focuses on Paper 2 components.
The Primary Regular Writing Programme focuses on Paper 1 composition writing.

Let's dive into more details below!

Primary Regular English Programme

We incorporate the Critical Reading approach by breaking it down into 4 steps of text analysis required for Paper 2.

Level 1: Paraphrasing
Students are to understand the given text and be able to express the context in their own words (such as in Comprehension Open-ended)

Level 2: Identifying the Main Idea
Students identify and determine essential ideas and consolidate important details (such as in Comprehension Cloze, Visual Text Comprehension, Oral: Stimulus-based Conversation)

Level 3: Analysing Text Logic
Students examine the elements of the story to gain a deeper understanding of the reasons behind events (such as in Comprehension Open-ended and Cloze Passage)

Level 4: Evaluating the Text Logic
Students assess and interpret the author's emotions and intentions, and draw conclusions from the text source (such as in Comprehension Open-ended: Evaluative question)

Primary Regular Writing Programme

We incorporate the Critical Writing approach by breaking it down into 2 forms of writing.

Substantive Writing
Students will learn to be clearer, more purposeful and more aware when putting their ideas and experiences into written form.

Reflective Writing
Students gain self-knowledge and develop the ability to question and evaluate their own writing.

Taking everything into consideration, we have refined and crafted our Writing Programme to help guide your child in applying these techniques in their Composition.

We bring students through 3 drafts of writing for each Composition topic, where our teachers will comment on the different aspects. As the students incorporate these feedback into their 2nd and 3rd draft, they will see the improvements made by earning more marks than the subsequent draft.

Introducing our DEPTH Framework for Mathematics

Our DEPTH Framework provides 5 key elements to help students learn Math effectively.
This framework evaluates students’ current ability, helps to clear doubts, and exposes students to exam-based questions.

Deepened Curriculum, Heightened Learning

Apart from what is learnt from the school syllabus, students will develop a deeper insight into the curriculum. Getting a grip on those core ideas not only boosts their understanding but also amps up their knack for using tricks to tackle those trickier, deep-thinking questions.

Eliminated Errors and Misconceptions

Doing drills and practicing not only boosts your math skills but also helps you catch those little mistakes you might make. We're all about helping you understand your own quirks, so you can nail those calculations with precision!

Practical and Authentic (Real World) Math Teasers

Wrapping your head around learning without real-world examples can be a bit tricky—it's like needing a roadmap! That's why we're all about connecting math to everyday problems. It not only makes things real but also boosts your understanding and thinking skills.

Think Critically and Mathematically

So, when it comes to thinking critically, you need to have habits of mind and problem-solving skills. Now, when you blend critical thinking with math, it's like adding a splash of excitement and making the whole learning experience way more engaging!

Honed Precision

Students will learn how to be quick and accurate in their calculations. But it's not just about getting the right answers—it's about building this awesome way of thinking that you can use over and over again to tackle those tricky, not-so-routine questions.

Hear What Satisfied Parents Have To Say

Here are a few of our students who have made remarkable strides in their examinations

360-degree Framework to Super-charge your Child's Academic Journey

Weekly Lessons

Weekly lessons provide guidance and teaching of crucial skills and concepts that will enhance your child’s learning of English and Mathematics.

Through weekly practices and homework assignments, your child will develop mastery and fluency in all important areas of learning.

Timely Detailed Feedback

After every lesson, teachers will send lesson updates through email, informing parents about key topics covered and homework that needs to be submitted. Teachers will also update parents about students' progress and highlight areas that students can make significant improvements in.

Diagnostic Sessions using Past Year Papers

Dr Daniel Chua and his senior teaching team conduct "AL1 Strategies Sessions" where the teachers will go through solutions for past year exam papers with students and their parents. These are crucial for the preparation of PSLE for students to understand and avoid making the same mistakes in the exams.

Holiday Boosters

We have a range of additional programmes designed to supplement weekly lessons in order to maximise learning time during school holidays.

Our Holiday Programmes include:
- PSLE Intensive English Workshop
- Secondary English Intensive Programmes
- English and Maths Mock Exams
- Primary Maths Intensive Programmes
- Secondary Maths Intensive Programmes

Introducing Cognitus Plus

Cognitus Online

Efficient and user-friendly interface with access to our repository of past year school exam papers for student-driven independent learning.

Cognitus YouTube

Uncover instructional films pertinent to your child's needs and encourage them to engage in self-directed learning. 

WhatsApp Support

Parents will be able to keep in touch with our teachers should there be any enquiries anytime.

Additional Materials

We also feature our Students' Works, publish Blog Articles and have a Centre Library for students to browse throuhg our collection of books for reading.

How we prepare our students for exams

While the programmess listed below aren't a standard part of our weekly lessons, we highly recommend them for both our existing students and those who are new to us!

AL1 Strategies Sessions

Getting ready for those upcoming exams and need some extra practice? Our AL1 Strategy Programme offers students the opportunity to engage with past-year MOE papers under authentic exam conditions.

Following this, we conduct a comprehensive review, providing valuable insights into critical areas for improvement and strategies for achieving higher scores. 📚✨

Mock Exam Programme

Want to know if your child is PSLE-ready? We've got our own set of Cognitus Academy Mock Exam Papers that are intentionally a bit more difficult than the regular school exam papers.

What sets our Mock Exams Programme apart from the others is the comprehensive scorecard that we will provide to you. It shows exactly where your child aced it and where they might've lost a mark or two. It's like a roadmap to PSLE success! 🚀📚

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Discover our Weekly Programmes

PRIMARY LEVEL

English and Mathematics

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SECONDARY LEVEL

English and Mathematics (E/A)

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*We offer the option of online lessons for our Weekly Programmes

Discover our Holiday Boosters!

PRIMARY HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES

- PSLE English Intensive
- Primary Writing Jump Start
- Primary Mathematics Intensive
- English and Mathematics Mock Exams

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SECONDARY HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES

- Secondary English Intensive
- Secondary Mathematics Intensive
- Secondary 1 Jump Start

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*We offer the option of online lessons for our Holiday Boosters

Frequently Asked Questions

How does your programme benefit my child?
After more than ten years of refinement, our Critical Reading & Writing (CRW) Strategy and DEPTH Framework has helped hundreds of students improve their results by at least one grade, with several achieving Distinction (AL1) for PSLE, O Levels and A Levels.
We have infused the essence of the Critical Thinking approach and created the CRW Strategy that has an impact on students’ Comprehension Open-ended, Comprehension Cloze Passage, Comprehension Short Answer Questions (SAQ) and Summary. Our CRW Strategy develops students’ writing ability, helping them in their Continuous Writing. We are proud to share our students’ essays with you in our Blog.
Our DEPTH Framework condenses Mathematical techniques into 5 key elements that students should put more emphasis on. Students will have to not only be quick with their understanding and calculations of Math questions, but also to be right in their answers while not making any careless mistakes.
How qualified are teachers at Cognitus Academy? Are they NIE-trained?
We share the same concern with the parents of all our students. We want the teachers teaching your child to be the best at what they do and demonstrate the professionalism befitting an educator. All Cognitus Academy teachers undergo a stringent interview process, rigorous training programme and aptitude tests before they are allowed to teach our students. All our teachers have completed university education with high achievements and have wealth of experience teaching English, including writing. Guided by Dr Daniel Chua, an NIE-trained ex-teacher and a former NIE lecturer himself, our teachers meet weekly for professional development and mentoring. 
 
Not all our teachers are former MOE teachers. While we believe that the training and experience of a former school teacher can be invaluable, our observation has been that students taught by former school teachers may not always do well when it matters. Otherwise, parents would have sought their children’s school teachers for guidance. Armed with our strategy and teacher development programme, we believe that our team of teachers will help your child improve and excel.
Do you offer a trial lesson for new students before they commit to termly lessons?
Yes, we offer a trial lesson for students who are new to Cognitus Academy. We understand that parents need to know that our programmes can meet the needs of their children before they commit their time and resources at our centre. Therefore, we will arrange for a trial lesson in one of our available class slots for new students to try out the teaching approach, lesson material and classroom environment before joining us. The teacher will conduct a brief diagnostic session with the student 15 minutes before the lesson. After the lesson, the teacher will conduct a 15-minute feedback session with the parent. Please note that the teacher may conduct these sessions over a phone call due to the teacher’s lesson schedule.
Do you offer replacement lessons if my child misses a lesson?
To fully benefit from the programme, students are strongly encouraged to attend lessons consistently. In the event that students are unable to attend a class due to school events or medical leave, we offer replacement lessons to be scheduled within the same lesson week. Students are allowed to join an existing class of the same level if there are available seats. Should your child be unable to attend a replacement lesson during the week, lesson materials will be passed to him/her in his/her next lesson. While we will try our best to schedule a replacement lesson for our students, we regret that replacements classes are not guaranteed. We also seek your understanding that fees collected are not refundable because resources have been committed to provide the lesson for your child on the scheduled time. 
How many students are there in a class?
We keep our class sizes small for conducive learning, around 10 for English and up to 20 for some Maths classes. The aim is to provide the best individualised support for students within a group. Our consistently good results are a testament to the effectiveness of our class sizes.
Why are Primary English lessons 90 minutes long? Is it enough for my child to make improvements?
For Primary English lessons, we conduct 90-minute lessons that are engaging, energetic and paced appropriately to maximise our students’ learning. After experimenting with different lesson durations, we conclude that a 90-minute session is optimal for primary school students because it gives them optimal concentration, helps them absorb the strategies and lessons taught and leaves them wanting for more at the end of every lesson. Students are expected to reinforce the lessons taught through homework assigned by teachers every week. A small class size also allows our teachers to fully focus on each student’s areas of weakness and give targeted support.
How is a typical Primary Mathematics lesson like?
Each P3 to P4 lesson runs for 90 minutes. Each P5 to P6 lesson runs for 2 hours.
– For the first 15 minutes, we will go through corrections from previous homework. This step is critical in helping students correct misconceptions.
– The next section of the lesson will focus on conceptual and skill teaching, where the teacher explains the topic of the day by adopting a “I do, we do, you do” approach. First, the teacher demonstrates the skill to be taught. Next, the teacher and students work out the questions together. Finally, the student is able to solve the questions independently.
If my child has questions from school that he/she is unable to solve, can they consult the centre’s teachers?
Certainly! The purpose of conducting a small-class tuition is to create a structured, yet individualised learning experience for our students. Please send all your child’s questions from school and individual practices our way.
What else is Cognitus Academy doing to enhance my child’s learning?
In addition to weekly lessons with our teachers, Cognitus Academy offers the following channels to help our students improve their English results.
– Our Blog pages feature study tips, exam techniques and model compositions to support our students and parents
– Our student online portal, Cognitus Online, provides supplementary materials, such as past exam papers, for students to practise before their exams.
– Our teachers hand-pick more than 200 titles for our Centre library, which exposes students to a range of genres and literature.

Still can't decide which programme to enrol in?

We understand that choosing the right programme is an important decision because we have worked with hundreds of parents who are just as concerned as you about their child’s results. If you would like to discuss your needs with one of our curriculum specialists, fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you.