Strategy to Teach English and Mathematics in a Gifted Way
Designed by Ex-MOE HOD and PSLE Markers
With a Proven Track Record of Achieving Distinction
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A PROGRAMME THAT DEVELOPS DEPTH AND BREADTH THROUGH CRITICAL THINKING
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 Math skills that are relevant for school exams.
Our strategies continue to be refined by our curriculum team comprising our ex-MOE teachers, Heads of Department, Senior Teachers, PSLE markers and experienced Cognitus teachers.
Our teachers are not only proficient in delivering lessons that apply our tried and tested methods, but also participate in making the system more engaging and effective during our weekly curriculum planning sessions.
We have developed the Critical Reading & Writing (CRW) Strategy, 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 AL5 to Distinction.
The 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.
Our curriculum structure includes asking probing questions in class to encourage students to explore, discover and build their confidence in Math.
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How Cognitus Academy Gives Your Child the Edge
Our teaching approach is guided by English CRW Strategy and Math DEPTH Framework, 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 results.
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.
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 most importantly, value for your child’s precious time.
Hear What Some Of Our Parents Say
Don't just take it from us!
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
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
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
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
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
Our Teaching Team
Cognitus Academy takes 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 English programmes.
Having been a teacher trainer at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Dr Daniel Chua has not only crafted a solid curriculum for our students, but also an effective training programme for our teachers.
At Cognitus Academy, teachers form the foundation of our English and Mathematics programmes. Prospective teachers are screened meticulously and undergo a rigorous 3-month training programme to develop core competencies of a teacher. Teaching interns also develop academic and philosophical roots in their pedagogy by studying the relevant materials in-depth and observing senior teachers in action before they enter the classrooms to teach.
After the completion of formal training, new teachers will continue to go through robust training and meet regularly to sharpen their problem-solving skills, explore innovative and effective curriculum for students, and refine teaching methods to enhance the students' mastery of the subject.
Our curriculum and pedagogy are continuously refined and updated in accordance with the changes in the education system by our curriculum team comprising of ex-MOE teachers, Heads of Department, Senior Teachers, PSLE markers and experienced Cognitus teachers.
Here are some of our students who achieved massive improvements in their English exams
Apart from delivering the strongest English and Math curriculum possible, what else are we doing to add value to our students? We are currently supplementing our courses with the following package called Cognitus Plus.
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.
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.
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.
Cognitus Plus for English
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.
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.
In order to optimise precious time in every lesson, we have kept our class sizes small. Small class sizes ensure that every student gets the attention from their teachers and have meaningful interaction among classmates and teachers. Such a setting is conducive for clarifying doubts and sharing different points of view.
The most effective English and Math strategies develop critical thinking and take 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 their results as soon as possible, schedule an immersion session with us today!