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

Designed by Ex-MOE HOD, PSLE English Marker
Proven track record of achieving A* for PSLE
We help your child improve by at least one grade and reach for A*

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Dear Parents of P6 Students aiming to attain A* 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 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 PSLE students, an average of 83% achieved distinction (A and A*), with many improving by at least one grade. ​

One of the areas that students make the most significant improvements in is Composition. Guided by our dedicated team of teachers, students start seeing improvements within 3 months!

How Cognitus Academy Gives Your Child the Edge

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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.

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.

Don’t take our word for it!

Hear what some of our parents have to say about our programme!

Has been a short runway, but am glad you were there to guide him and clear any doubts he has with English. Especially his S&T! He used to score just 2 points for that section, and I was so worried for him. Ryan was so happy he scored A for PSLE!

Parent of Ryan Chew

Primary 6

Enjoyable and friendly learning environment. Lesson
is cut into bite size, making it easy to follow and understand. Class size is small, the teacher is able to give full attention to every student and answer to their questions before class ended.

Parent of Emily Hiu

Primary 6

Well planned lessons and curriculum. Engaging
teacher.

Parent of Twylla Teo

Primary 6

Thanks to Cognitus, I see the progress of my child.
Got his confidence in Composition!

Parent of Takuya Udagawa

Primary 6

The teacher has in-depth understanding of the usual problems faced by students when handling sections like Synthesis, Oral, Situation Writing and Comprehension. He is able to devise alternative ways to ensure student’s understanding.

Parent of Jun Yang

Primary 6

Selene is more confident in writing and able to write much more than 120 words now! After this course, I'm convinced that what they went through in school is inadequate and we made the right decision to send her to a creative writing course.

Parent of Selene Goh

Primary 4

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.

Dr Daniel Chua​

Founder and Director
As a seasoned PSLE exam marker and innovative educator, Dr. Chua guided his inaugural Primary 6 class to achieve at least an A grade, with 82% scoring A* for the PSLE English Examinations.

Ms Nawirah Nordeen

Education Consultant / Teacher
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 Feroz Khan

Education Consultant / Teacher
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

Additional Support for Members of our Community

These are what a Cognitus student gets on top of these amazing lessons

Our Blog

Our Blog pages feature study tips, exam techniques and model compositions to support our students and parents.

Parents’ Support

Our Parents’ Support Group on Facebook invites students and parents to ask challenging questions, which our teachers will reply.

Cognitus Online

Our very own student portal, Cognitus Online, provides supplementary materials and past exam papers for students to practise before their exams.

Subscriptions

Our students have access to The Straits Times online and quality periodicals such as Time, National Geographic kids, BBC Earth, etc.

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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.

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

We have developed our CRW Strategy, which was derived from the research of Professors Paul and Elder.

✅ 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

1
Primary
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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3
Secondary
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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2
General Paper
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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5
Writing Masterclass
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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4
Exam Masterclass
Covering exam-specific techniques, these courses reveal tips on improving exam results. Mock exams help to identify your child’s weaknesses and offer an opportunity to pitch your child’s standard across a range of schools.
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6
DSA Masterclass
Find out how Junior Model United Nations and the Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition can set candidates apart from the rest when they submit their DSA portfolio.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does your programme benefit my child?

    After more than ten years of refinement, our Critical Reading & Writing (CRW) Strategy has helped hundreds of students improve their English results by at least one grade, with several achieving Distinction (A and A*) for PSLE, O Levels and A Levels. The CRW Strategy is adapted from the Critical Thinking framework that is being used to teach students in the Gifted Education Programme (GEP). 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. The CRW Strategy also develops students’ writing ability, helping them in their Continuous Writing and General paper essays. We are proud to share our students’ essays with you in our Blog. For more information about the CRW Strategy, you can see Our Strategy, Primary English Programme, Secondary English Programme and General Paper Programme.

  • How qualified are teachers at Cognitus Academy? Are they NIE-trained?

    Cognitus Academy shares 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 90-minute immersion session 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 the time and resources at our centre. Therefore, we will arrange for an immersion session 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 Cognitus Academy 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. 

  • Do you conduct lessons during School Holidays and Public holidays?

    We do not conduct lessons during gazetted Public Holidays because the centre will be closed.

    We do, however, conduct lessons during MOE-designated School Holidays. Regular weekly lessons will continue during the 1-week holiday in March and September. During the 1-month holiday in June and December, we will be conducting our popular enrichment programmes and regular lessons, which are optional for students to attend.

  • Do you offer online lessons?

    Yes, Cognitus Academy offers online lessons. You may refer to our class schedule here.

  • How many students are there in a class?

    We keep our class sizes small for conducive learning. Our maximum capacity for a class is 8 students for both physical and online lessons.

  • Why are Primary English lessons 90 minutes long? Is it enough for my child to make improvements?

    For Primary English lessons, Cognitus Academy conducts 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.

  • Why does Cognitus Academy assign homework every week? Is it possible to complete the worksheets during lessons?

    After a full 90 minutes of teacher engagement and teaching, students will need to complete part of their assignment as homework, which will take approximately 30-45 minutes. Our teachers value every minute of class time that we have with our students and would not want to use up precious teacher-student time for students to complete worksheets. We are aware that some centres require students to complete their worksheets during the lesson and mark the students work before the lesson ends. Students who struggle to catch up may eventually copy the answers from the teachers during correction time. Every child is different and learns at a different pace. Rushing through the lesson and practices may lead to missed opportunities to guide students according to their individual needs.

  • 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 Parents’ Support Group on Facebook invites students and parents to ask challenging questions, which our teachers will reply
    – Our teachers conduct weekly Cognitus Connect sessions online to meet with groups of students to answer their questions and revise strategies for comprehension and writing strategies.
    – Our student online portal, Cognitus Online, provides supplementary materials, such as past exam papers, for students to practise before their exams.
    – Free use of The Straits Times online account
    – 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?

    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.

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