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BE TRANSFORMED BY THE
CRITICAL READING & WRITING (CRW) STRATEGY

Strategy to Teach English in a Gifted Way
Designed by Ex-MOE HOD and PSLE Marker
With a Proven Track Record of Achieving A* (AL1) for PSLE English.

Learn More About Our Strategy

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Dear Parents of P6 Students aiming to attain A* to A (AL1 to AL4) for PSLE English by using our proven CRW Strategy!

Is your child
- lacking confidence in answering Synthesis & Transformation (S&T) questions?
- putting in the effort but still scoring 10/20 for Comprehension Open-ended?
- struggling with plot, character and language in Composition?

The problem is…

Students are struggling in S&T because they are unsure of the grammar rules, resulting in inconsistent performance for this section.

Students are losing marks in Comprehension Open-ended as they are unable to understand the context of the passage and lack answering techniques.

Composition is also seen as an obstacle for students as they lack the technique to improve specific parts of their composition and are unable to identify and fix their weaknesses in writing.

Here at Cognitus Academy

Having been trained to teach at the Gifted Education Programme (GEP), Dr Daniel Chua and his team designed a system that develops critical thinking while integrating practical English Language skills that are relevant for school exams.

The Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) Strategy continues to be refined by our curriculum team comprising our experienced Cognitus teachers, ex-MOE teachers, Heads of Department, Senior Teachers and PSLE markers.

Our teachers are not only proficient in delivering lessons that apply the CRW Strategy, but also participate in making the system more engaging and effective during our curriculum planning sessions.

Among our past students who have taken their PSLE English exams, 83% achieved AL1 to AL2, with the rest achieving improvement by at least one grade. Among the areas that they made improvements, the most significant grade jumps come from Comprehension OE, Compre Cloze, S&T and Composition.

How Cognitus Academy Gives Your Child the Edge

Our weekly lessons are divided into two parts. The first part brings world knowledge into the classroom while the second part develops our students' language skills.

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✅ Our teaching approach is guided by CRW Strategy, maximising lesson time for your child’s learning. Your child might have spent many months, even years, in some tuition centres but have not seen improvement because they do not impart proven strategies to fundamentally improve your child’s English.

✅ Our class sizes are kept small for your child’s maximum contact time with teachers. Let’s face it. Students are not learning effectively in schools because of massive class sizes and overworked (and overwhelmed) teachers. Looking for big tuition classes will be just as ineffective.

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✅ Our team is passionate and experienced, with a proven track record. Home-based one-to-one tuition can cost $70/80 per hour for experienced teachers. On the other hand, teachers who charge lower fees are often current students and untrained teachers. With us, you get value for money, but more importantly, value for your child’s precious time.

Through Our Training in the Gifted Education Programme (GEP)

we have developed the Critical Reading & Writing (CRW) Strategy, which was derived from the research of Professors Richard Paul and Linda Elder.

Credits: This framework is an adaptation and synthesis of Paul and Elder’s theory on Critical Thinking, and books on Critical Reading and Critical Writing.

We have refined our approach to the CRW Strategy,
with 4 levels of Critical Reading and 2 emphases on Critical Writing.

Our students apply the CRW Strategy to achieve improvements in their English results,
some progressing from C to Distinction.

Hear What Some Our Parents Say

Don't just take it from us!

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Grew More Confident

“Benjamin enjoys each lesson tremendously and finds that topics discussed during lessons have improved his general knowledge. He has also grown more confident.”
Parent of Benjamin, Primary 5
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Passionate and Nurturing Teachers

“Ms Nawirah is very passionate and nuturing. My son enjoys attending Ms Nawirah’s lessons. Under her guidance, he is able to write and do well in his composition test, how amazing is that!”
Parent of Aidan, Primary 3
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Always Looking Forward to Lessons

“Emily enjoys going for class every week. Dr Chua makes the learning process fun and interesting that Emily enjoys being taught by him, and always shares her positive experiences. Emily enjoys the company of the classmates in Cognitus and she is self-motivated to complete her assignment with quality to win a thumbs-up from her tutor.”
Parent of Emily, Primary 6
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Great Progression in Composition

“Thanks to Cognitus, I see the progress of my child. He has got his confidence on composition.”
Parent of Takuya, Primary 6
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Built Up Love for English

“My daughter has built up so much love and confidence for the subject ever since she has joined Cognitus. She always looks forward to her classes and does her English revision without much supervision.
Strongly recommend Cognitus to parents looking for a fun and effective English programme.”
Parent of Eritha Tan, Primary 6

Excellent strategies requires excellent execution

Our team of experienced teachers and English specialists are well-versed in the CRW Strategy and are fully dedicated to help your child grow and improve.

Ms Nawirah Nordeen completed her degree in Psychology with Magna Cum Laude. Always passionate about teaching English and committed to her students, she has guided hundreds of students since she started teaching in 2012.

Ms Shabbna earned her degree from the National University of Singapore, majoring in philosophy with a minor in English Literature. Before that, she achieved a sterling academic record for English scoring A* for PSLE, A1 for O Levels and 7 out of 7 for IB English at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).

Here are some of our students who achieved massive improvements in their English exams

Our team of experienced teachers and English specialists are well-versed in the CRW Strategy and are fully dedicated to help your child grow and improve.

Additional Support for Members of our Community

Apart from delivery the strongest English curriculum possible, what else can we do to add value to our students? While we will never stop innovating, we are currently supplementing our English courses with the following package we like to call Cognitus Plus.​

Cognitus Online

Our very own student portal, Cognitus Online, provides supplementary materials and past exam papers for students to practise. This is a portal that not only supports our online students but, also our students attending physical classes.
To learn more about Cognitus Online, click READ MORE.

Centre Library

Our teachers have hand-picked more than 200 titles for our centre library, which exposes students to a range of genres and literature. Our students have access to The Straits Times online and quality periodicals such as Time, National Geographic kids, BBC Earth, etc.
To learn more about our centre library, click READ MORE.

Students' Works

Every child comes to Cognitus Academy to improve their English. Wherever they are in their Mastery of English Composition is often their greatest area of weakness. We value the opportunity to guide our students to constantly improve their writing through multiple drafts and are proud to publish their drafts on our webpage.
To learn more about our students’ works, click READ MORE.

Parents Support Facebook Page

Our Parents’ Support Group on Facebook invites students and parents to ask challenging questions, which our teachers will reply.
To learn more about our Facebook page, click READ MORE.

Blog

Our Blog pages feature study tips, exam techniques and model compositions to support our students and parents.
To learn more about blog, click READ MORE.

So if you’re interested to help your child achieve these results using our CRW Strategy, we are offering a one-time 90-minute immersion session for your child.

Here’s what we’ll be covering in 90 minutes

Our weekly lessons are divided into two parts. The first part brings world knowledge into the classroom while the second part develops our students' language skills.

✅ Students should email us their recent test papers in advance for our teachers to look through. A 15-minute pre-lesson diagnostic assessment will be scheduled with the student.

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✅ Experience our teachers’ lively and engaging classroom teaching, as they optimise student engagement and provide easily comprehensible instructions in our 90-minute immersion session.

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✅ Evaluation of the student’s learning in class will be given to parents after the immersion session.

Class Size

Due to our small class size of 8 students, we are left with very limited slots for our Primary 5 and 6 classes.
Once these classes are full, we will not be opening any new classes for this year.

The CRW Strategy develops critical thinking and takes time to master. Although some students see improvement right away, most will take 2-3 months to see results.

In order to help your child improve his/her English results as soon as possible, schedule an immersion session with us today!

Programmes We Offer

At Cognitus Academy, we have developed a programme that models how gifted students are taught in the Gifted Education Programme, giving our students significant improvements in their English results.

Primary Regular English Programme

Find out how our GEP approach equips students in their reading comprehension and composition skills, while building strong foundation in grammar and vocabulary.

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Secondary Regular English Programme

Discover how we help students develop answering techniques for visual text, narrative and non-narrative comprehension, as well as writing skills across genres.

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PSLE Jump Start Programme

Don't wait for the holidays to attend our impactful enrichment programme! We have crafted a new structure for PSLE students to benefit from our Jump Start Programme all year long.

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General Paper Programme

Taught by a university professor with a doctorate, students engage in rigorous discourse about a broad range of GP topics and current affairs weekly.

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Primary Regular Writing Programme

Equipped with the building blocks of narrative, descriptive, expository and situational writing, students of every writing ability have found a range of useful tips to improve their writing.

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DSA English Programme

If your child wants to secure a place through DSA under the categories of English Language and Humanities, Cognitus Academy is here to help your child enhance his or her portfolio.

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Still can't decide?

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

Thanks for taking time to read about us.

These are the underlying principles behind
some of the strategies taught to gifted kids.

We want mainstream students to also benefit from them
because we have seen how powerful they can be.

If you want your child to try out our Critical Reading and Writing strategies,
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