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Accelerate grade improvements for Secondary English Writing through Critical Writing Strategies

Take an unfair advantage with our Secondary English Writing Workshop designed for exam success!

Have you wondered why your child is always stuck at B and C grades for Secondary essay writing?

What are the key common features of an A-grade essay for personal recounts, descriptive and expository essays?

Here’s the good news!

While the process can be elusive for struggling students, there are no secrets to scoring well for Secondary essay writing.

At Cognitus Academy, our team of curriculum writers comprising ex-MOE teachers and Heads of Department have developed a holiday intensive workshop that focuses on helping students write better personal recounts, descriptive, discursive and argumentative essays.

As promised, there will be no secrets to be revealed, just honest down-to-earth strategies and techniques, coupled with personalised feedback from our writing coaches.

By enrolling your child in our Secondary English Writing Intensive Workshop, you're not just investing in their academic success – you're giving them the tools they need to excel in all areas of their education. Don't miss out on this opportunity to help your child reach their full potential in English! 🚀

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, and our experienced Cognitus instructors.

Introducing our Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) Strategy for English

In our Secondary English programme, 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 O Level English exams. It's these skills that truly set our Cognitus students apart!

Workshop Details

In this four-day intensive workshop, students will develop critical skills for the following Continuous Writing genres.

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Personal Recounts
➡️ Students will learn the following:
- Plan a gripping storyline
- Master the 7 elements of a story
- Inject engaging complications into the plot
- Apply a descriptive writing style

Descriptive Essays
➡️ Students will learn the following:
- Understand the requirements of describing people, places, objects and events
- Structure the paragraphs to cover traits, features, perspectives and chronology
- Describe their subjects with their five senses

Discursive and Argumentative Essays
➡️ Students will learn the following:
- Apply brainstorming tools like SPECTRAL, SPICE and Levels
- Develop coherent and convincing paragraphs using PEEL format
- Apply research to come up with evidence that are specific, representative and descriptive
- For argumentative essays, students will also learn how to develop counter-arguments and rebuttals that show balance in perspective.

Every lesson is packed with content and ample opportunities to practise the skills taught. More importantly, our coaches will be giving students personalised feedback on how each student can make significant improvements.

Hear What Satisfied Parents Have To Say

Here are a few of our students who have made remarkable strides in their examinations

If you are ready...

📍 Goldhill Plaza

Run Programme Date and Time
Run 3
Secondary English
Writing Intensive
3 Sep to 6 Sep
12:30pm - 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 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?
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.
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.
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?

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.