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Boost Your Child's Writing Proficiency

Equip Your Child for Success in Our Primary Writing Jump Start Workshop!

How Your Child Can Significantly Improve Their Composition Grades and Achieve AL1!

Do you know that writing is a skill that takes a long time to develop?

Are you frustrated that short, intensive writing classes are not helping your P3 to P6 child become a strong writer?

Built on critical thinking strategies, Cognitus Academy’s Writing Programme produces strong results and lasting improvement through the Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) Strategy.

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 grades.

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

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 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

In our Primary English program, we focus on building essential skills at every step of the way. Starting with the basics of paraphrasing and identifying main ideas, we create a strong foundation for success in exams.

As we progress to the more advanced levels of critical reading, like analysing and evaluating text logic, your child becomes uniquely equipped for excellence in the PSLE English exams. It's these skills that truly set our Cognitus students apart!

Let's dive into more details below!

Hear What Satisfied Parents Have To Say

If your child is aiming to score high marks for Paper 1 Composition...
here's what you need to know!

Students often face difficulties in developing story ideas and knowing how to express themselves creatively in writing. They may also make mistakes in grammar and punctuation.

The truth is, writing is a skill that takes prolonged practice to master. Your child may invest a lot of time practising essay writing skills, but the efforts do not always bear fruits.

Referring to model essays may help, but more often than not, memorising someone else’s compositions hampers students’ creative thinking and they are unable to produce their own exceptional compositions.

Here's how it works

There are two components to this programme – the Writing Jump Start Programme and the Regular Writing Programme.

Writing Jump Start Workshop

Every new student who is interested to enrol in our Regular Writing Programme will have to attend the Writing Jump Start Workshop for four 1.5-hour sessions, usually over the school holidays.

This is the skills-intensive portion of the programme where students will learn the essential writing skills and techniques.

Regular Writing Programme

The Regular Writing Programme is the writing-intensive portion of the programme.

Here, students begin their journey of becoming better writers in weekly 1.5-hour sessions throughout the year. Students will apply the skills and techniques learnt in the Writing Jump Start Programme through continuous practice and perfect the way they write.

It is important for students to attend both skills- and writing-intensive programmes in order to achieve Writing Mastery and score AL1 in Continuous Writing.

Here’s what to expect in our Writing Jump Start Workshop

Writing Jump Start Programme

Our writing coaches will be guiding your child in these targeted sessions, and in just four sessions, your child will pick up on strategies to whip up top-notch composition pieces—paired with precise vocabulary and spot-on grammar!

We take writing seriously—it's a powerful way to express oneself, after all. Our methods and the feedback we give on your child's work? Well, that's proof of the serious dedication we bring to the table for your child's learning journey. 🚀📝

We cover the following four topics:

Effective Planning
“He who fails to plan, plans to fail.”
 
Does your child struggle to hit the word limit, lose track of their story or fail to answer the question at all? These are some common problems students face when they first start writing. If this is the case, there is a 99.9% chance that your child did not plan before writing. 
 
The first 15 – 20 minutes of any composition task are crucial for students to position themselves to write the best possible story. We understand how importance it is and teach students how to plan by breaking down the question and picture to conceive a riveting plot for their story. 
 
We introduce students to plot elements that they can incorporate in their story to differentiate their story from their peers’ stories. We provide students with a unique framework to plan their story to ensure a complex plot that is fully developed. These skills ensure that students are best situated to brainstorm a truly creative idea and enjoy the time spent writing.
 
With these skills, your child will:
✔ Perform a question analysis
✔ Perform a picture analysis
✔ Select and incorporate the best plot element
✔ Complete a plan effectively
✔ Ensure complexity and development of plot
Intriguing Introductions, Compelling Conclusions
Does your child always begin their stories with “It was a sunny morning”? Do they always end their stories by recounting a lesson learnt?
 
These do not show a child’s creativity and are unlikely to get them top marks. The marker will not only be marking your child’s composition, but hundreds of others. Therefore, your child has 15 seconds to grab the marker’s attention and entice them to read the story. A strong opening almost always means a strong composition.
 
We share techniques for an intriguing introduction that grabs the marker’s attention. Furthermore, we introduce techniques for writing a compelling conclusion so that your child ends their composition strongly, too. We will teach your child not to always fall back on a standard “lesson learnt” but to demonstrate that they are intelligent and reflective storytellers. 
 
With these skills, your child will:
✔ Understand the need to start and end strongly
✔ Be equipped with the requisite techniques
✔ Craft intriguing introductions
✔ Craft compelling conclusions
Setting the Scene, Show, Don't Tell
Does your child still tell what a place looks like and how a character is feeling? Does your child still struggle to show despite reminders from teachers and writing coaches?
 
Almost every school-going child has heard of “show, don’t tell” but most of them still struggle with this fundamental skill. There is a greater effect in showing your character’s face turning red, eyes growing wide and hands clenching into fists than simply telling me they are angry.
 
We take care to explain the narrative effects of setting the scene and employing expressive writing to students.
We guide students in using their five senses to craft descriptive, vivid phrases and tell their story compellingly.
In the same vein, we introduce them to simple strategies for setting the scene which informs the examiner of the story’s physical location and draws them into the storytelling world.
 
With these skills, your child will:
✔ Understand the need for highly expressive writing
✔ Have the beginning of a repertoire of descriptive phrases
✔ Employ descriptive phrases of their own
✔ Craft settings that are informative and exciting
✔ Write a wonderfully vivid story
Complex Characterisation
Do the characters in your child’s story seem one-dimensional? Are their appearances, thoughts and behaviours described in detail?
 
The characters in your child’s story must be as dynamic as possible to rope the reader into the story. Characters are, after all, a vehicle for the story to unfold. Whether your child writes a story in the first or third person, they must flesh out all characters.
 
We share our unique framework for characterisation which enables your child to flex their creative muscles and create a character (or two) who the reader can identify with. We discuss creating complex and realistic characters and the ways in which traits and quirks can be presented. Crucially, we teach your child the linguistic features and conventions of dialogue, which allow your child to include the character’s speech in their story.
 
With these skills, your child will:
✔ Create dynamic and creative characters
✔ Reveal characterisation through speech and behaviour
✔ Employ accurate linguistic features of dialogue
✔ Use dialogue accurately to further the plot

Example of student's composition with individualised feedback

Teacher notes the use of good techniques and corrects student's composition

Marks are given to students for them to assess on their improvements

If you are ready...

📍 Goldhill Plaza

Run Programme Date and Time
Run 26
Writing Jump Start Workshop
28 May to 31 May
1pm - 2:30pm
Run 27
4 Jun to 7 Jun
1pm - 2:30pm
Run 28
11 Jun to 14 Jun
1pm - 2:30pm

*All schedules subject to changes. Classes are usually fully subscribed 1 month in advance. Sign up now to avoid disappointment.

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.
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 English Programme to enrol in?

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 their 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.