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Unlock AL1 Success for PSLE Mathematics!

Our tailored approach ensures they not only understand but excel in every exam!

From our experience...

👉🏻 Some students face difficulty in scoring well because they find problem sums with model drawing tricky.
👉🏻 Certain Mathematics topics like Speed, Ratio, and Percentages can be intimidating for students, making it hard for them to grasp the concepts.
👉🏻 Careless mistakes tend to trip up many students in Mathematics. Sometimes, the focus is more on passing rather than aiming for a higher score.

But here's the good news! We believe it's never too late to make improvements. We've worked with students who joined us just weeks before PSLE and saw a two-grade improvement.

Sure, it was a tough journey, but the results were worth it! Let's turn the tide and make Mathematics more manageable for your child.

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 Maths grades.

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 Maths 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.

Roadmap for Distinction

Here, Cognitus Academy has prepared a path to success in PSLE Mathematics examination for your child.
With the end goal in mind, we provide the following programmes for your child.

Primary 3 to 4 is a critical year for your child to build the foundation for learning more complex topics.

Coming from Primary 3, we want to make sure your child not only enjoys Maths but also rocks at handling those not-so-tricky problem sums.

Your child's grasp of big-league topics like fractions and whole numbers, plus their knack for model drawing, hinges on how they tackle Maths in Primary 4. It's a golden chance to boost their Maths confidence, so let's not miss out! 🚀✨

Primary 5 is the year that your child formally transitions into PSLE mode.

If your child is finding Primary 5 Maths a bit tricky, it might reflect in their grades. It's high time they start getting the hang of the right concepts for those PSLE Maths questions.

As they move up the primary ladder, new Maths topics roll in. Without a solid Maths foundation, tackling those exam questions can turn into a bit of a challenge. Let's make sure they're all set! 🌟📚

Primary 6 is the final lap towards PSLE.

By this point, your child should have picked up the smarts to ace that PSLE Maths exam. But if they are still dropping more than 10 marks because of tricky careless errors, or not too sure about certain problem sums, not to worry!

Without a strong foundation in Maths, tackling those exam questions can get a bit dicey. Good news? It's never too late to kick off the journey to boost your child’s Maths skills with us 🚀

Conquering Mathematics through the DEPTH Framework

Our DEPTH Framework provides 5 key elements to help students learn Maths 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 Mathematics.

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 Maths 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) Mathematics 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 Maths 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 Maths, 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 Maths.

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:
- Maths Mock Exams
- Primary 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 offer them for both our existing students and those who are new to us!

Mock Exams

In addition to our regular Maths lessons, students can sign up to do up our own set of Cognitus Academy Mock Exam Papers that are intentionally a bit more difficult than the regular school exam papers.

What makes our Mock Exams Programme stand out is the comprehensive scorecard we share with you.

This detailed report precisely highlights your child's strengths and pinpoints areas where they might have missed a mark. It's akin to a roadmap guiding them toward achieving an AL1 for PSLE Mathematics! 🚀

Termly Assessment

Have you ever considered how your child's academic performance compares with peers from different schools?

To address this, we conduct termly assessments for our students, evaluating their current progress and benchmarking their standing relative to classmates across diverse schools.

These assessments encompass the most challenging questions drawn from past year exams, allowing us to diagnose individual weaknesses. Following this assessment, we diligently reinforce any unclear grammar rules and impart effective exam strategies.

Interested to find out if Cognitus Academy's Primary Regular Mathematics Programme fits your child's learning needs?

All new students are offered a 2-hour trial lesson to get a taste of the quality teaching and engagement in our classrooms.

✅ 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 2-hour trial class.

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

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 is your Mathematics programme different from other Mathematics tuition programmes?
Cognitus Academy applies the DEPTH Framework where we ensure that learning does not simply come from drill and practice. DEPTH Framework focuses on real-life application of Mathematics and problem-solving skills. We follow a structured lesson plan where students apply their knowledge in bite-size practices and move on to problem sums to build their confidence. Students who are strong in Mathematics will be stretched through practices with non-routine questions.
My child is not doing well in Paper 2 (Problem Sums). How will your programme help him/her?
Our diagnostic process starts from learning the needs of every student. Once we have identified the main cause of the student’s error, we will embark on a remediation plan that runs parallel with our regular lessons. Students often struggle because of conceptual misunderstanding, lack of comprehension for the question, lack of confidence and carelessness. From there, we will focus on the best course of remediation for your child.
How does my child build up his/her foundation in Mathematics?
One key foundation in the DEPTH Framework is the ability to connect mathematical concepts with real-life examples. Starting from the concrete application of Mathematics, your child can then develop understanding in using abstract (numbers and models) forms of presentation for their interpretation and solution of each question. Our experienced teachers will also pace your child towards success by helping them to create small victories that lead to big success in Mathematics.
If my child has Mathematics questions from school that he is unable to solve, can he consult the centre’s teachers?
Certainly! The purpose of conducting a small-class Mathematics 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.
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.
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.

Still can’t decide which Maths 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.