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SECONDARY 1 REGULAR MATHEMATICS PROGRAMME

Most Secondary One students face the following challenges with Secondary Mathematics:

- Unsure of how to manipulate algebraic expressions correctly
- Unable to apply concepts into real-world problems
- Lack the ability to present written solution clearly

From our experience…
- Many Secondary One students lose out on setting a strong foundation for Mathematics when they think that they can relax during Secondary One.
- Many parents and students are unaware that Secondary school Mathematics can be very different from Primary school Mathematics?

Why your child needs help with Secondary One Mathematics right now

➡️ The methods that Primary students are so well-trained in, like Model Drawing, Guess-and-Check, Assumption…etc, are no longer accepted in Secondary Mathematics.

➡️ In Primary Mathematics, the focus is on basic numeracy skills (whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentage) and the application of the various heuristics in problem solving. However, the required content knowledge of terminologies, theorems and formulae are limited.

➡️ In Secondary Mathematics, if students are unfamiliar with the important mathematical facts, they will find it impossible to try to “figure-it-out” during exams.

➡️ A weak foundation for Secondary One Mathematics will make the rest of your child’s Secondary Mathematics journey an uphill task.

At Cognitus Academy, our students will get to develop a keen interest in abstract mathematical concepts, learn how to present the solutions coherently and strengthen their skills and techniques in solving the questions efficaciously.

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 DEPTH Framework. 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, and our experienced Cognitus instructors.

Conquering Mathematics through the DEPTH Framework

Our curriculum methodology provides 5 key elements to help students learn effectively during our Mathematics lessons.
This framework evaluates students’ current ability, helps to clear doubts, and expose 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. Understanding the core concepts deeply will also enhance students’ ability to apply heuristics to handle higher-order thinking questions.

Eliminated Errors and Misconceptions

Drills and practices develop fluency and heighten students’ awareness of their carelessness when solving Mathematics questions. Training students to understand their own tendencies greatly improves the accuracy of their calculations.

Practical and Authentic (Real World) Mathematics Teasers

Learning out of real-world context requires abstract thinking. This requirement stumps some students who need to see concrete examples. Students will learn to link Mathematics to authentic real-world problems, enhancing their number sense and conceptual development.

Think Critically and Mathematically

Thinking critically requires habits of mind and problem-solving skills. Merging critical and mathematical thinking makes the learning of Mathematics exciting and engaging. Learning Mathematics in this way unlocks the fun and challenging aspects of the subject.

Honed Precision


With carefully selected tasks for each lesson, students will learn how to be quick and accurate in their computations. Beyond procedural accuracy, students will also develop structural thinking that provides repeatable steps for analysing non-routine questions.

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Developing Concepts in Secondary One

Our Secondary One Mathematics Programme focuses on building foundations for acquiring critical knowledge, sharpening critical thinking skills and applying concepts effectively.

Acquire Knowledge

➡️ Learn about the number systems based on their properties
➡️ Explore the concept of algebraic variables and learn how the relationship between the variables can be represented in algebraic and graphical forms
➡️ Learn the terminologies related to finance, such as interests, instalments, utilities bills, personal income tax and exchange rates
➡️ Discover the geometrical properties and formulae of polygons

Sharpen Skills

➡️ Use prime factorisation method to find the highest common factor and lowest common multiple of numbers
➡️ Acquire basic mathematics skills, such as Rounding Off based on Significant Figures, Arithmetic and Algebraic Manipulations and Statistical Data Handling
➡️ Learn to represent and convey mathematical ideas through the use of algebra and other mathematical symbols
➡️ Master the forming of algebraic equations in a wide array of real-world context and solve the equations using a systematic and logical approach

Apply Concepts

➡️ Differentiate word problems involving highest common factor and lowest common multiple of numbers
➡️ Apply the four operations of real numbers involving temperatures, heights above and below sea levels
➡️ Apply the terminologies and formulae related to finance, 2-D and 3-D figures into solving problems in real-world contexts

Secondary One Mathematics Topics

Our Secondary One Mathematics programme is modelled closely to the latest MOE syllabus.
We will be covering the following topics in our lessons:

Topics
Prime Numbers, Highest Common Factor, Lowest Common Multiple
Number System and Real numbers
Approximation and Estimation
Algebra Manipulation and Factorisation
Linear Equations and Inequalities
Linear Graphs
Patterns
Percentage, Ratio, Rate, Speed
Geometry and Construction
Perimeter, Area and Volume
Statistics: Mean Median Mode
Algebraic Identities
Expansion and Factorisation of Quadratic
Quadratic Equations

Cognitus 360 to Super-charge your Child's Academic Journey

At Cognitus Academy, we provide your child with comprehension learning through Cognitus 360. This framework accompanies your child at every stage of their learning journey with us, ensuring that all their learning requirements are catered to.

The Cognitus 360 includes a carefully crafted process that addresses your child's diverse needs in conjunction with their weekly lessons!

Schedule a Call

Once you indicate your interest in our programme, our teachers will give you a call. Be prepared to answer their questions about your child's strengths and weaknesses in the relevant subject. This will enable our teachers to further elaborate on addressing your child's weaknesses with our curriculum.

Attend Our Weekly Lessons

Weekly lessons provide guidance and teaching of crucial skills and concepts that will enhance your child’s learning of English.

Through weekly practices and homework assignments, your child will develop mastery and fluency in all important areas of learning.

Past Year Exam Papers for Deeper Diagnosis

We maintain a comprehensive library of past year papers with answer sheets as supplementary resources for students to practice.

Students should identify their areas of weakness from their Mock Exam scorecard and independently work on these areas using the past year papers provided.

Access Lesson Recordings

Our online lesson recordings are shared with students who are unable to attend the lesson live and opted for our Live Online Lessons, providing opportunities for students to engage in self-paced learning before attending the next lesson. Your child will never fall behind!

Holiday Workshops for the Extra Boost

We have a range of additional programmes designed to supplement weekly lessons in order to maximise learning time during school holidays.

Introducing Cognitus 360 Plus

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 through our collection of books for reading.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is your Secondary 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 lesson like?
Each lesson runs for 120 minutes.
– For the first 15 minutes, we will go through corrections from previous homework. This step is critical in helping students correct misconceptions.
– The remaining part of the lesson will focus on problem sums where students are taught effective and efficient steps to solve higher-order thinking questions.
What is the difference between IP/IB and O level Mathematics?
90% of the IP/IB Mathematics topics are similar to that of the O level Mathematics. Our programmes are created to teach our students the concepts and to stretch them further to higher order thinking. Hence, IP/IB students will continue to feel engaged during lessons while the O level students’ potential are stretched.

Still can’t decide which Mathematics 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.