Preparatory Programmes

Our preparatory programmes are short weekly courses to help ease the transition into new educational systems and curricula. So you can focus on enjoying the experience of a new environment and have time to smell the roses.

Holiday Workshops

Our holiday workshops are 3-day workshops designed to give you an intensive and immersive experience doing writing and learning. In essence, fertile ground to develop and revise the skills to flourish in the years to come.

 

 

① Foundation Prep Programme

A strong foundation in English is a lifelong asset. Our proposition: it’s easier to lay the right foundation for writing well from a young age than to disentangle the effects of poor preparation, the gamut of which runs from grammatical sloppiness to uninspired vocabulary. Join us to start building the assets that will help your child stay ahead in an increasingly polarised world.

We have taken the fundamental Primary One syllabus, added intellectual sophistication and exposure to the mix, and designed our Foundation Prep Programme to be engaging, inspiring and charming.

Over the years, we have consistently seen our best and brightest accelerate through the levels to reach remarkable levels of intellectual development and giftedness by Level One and Two.

❶ Sentence construction

❷ Verbs and tenses

❸ Pronouns

❹ Rich and diverse vocabulary

❺ Constructing simple narratives

❻ The art of storytelling

Every Tuesday 3 to 5 pm

13 November to 11 December

70 per lesson per student

 

② Secondary One Prep Programme

Welcome to a whole new world of Secondary English. To survive, you will need an insightful knowledge of contemporary global issues, literary sensitivity, and most importantly, the ability to write with the right type of rhetorical flourish.

If you’ve been with us in Primary school, you’ve already cultivated a deep set of writing skills with a literary aspect. The programme will help you to translate, upgrade and apply these sophisticated writing skills across a new set of applications.

❶ Literary Comprehension

❷ Expository Comprehension

❸ Summary Writing

❹ Unseen Poetry and Prose

❺ Personal Recount and Narrative Writing

❻ Expository and Discursive Essays

❼ Argumentative Essays

❽ Situational Writing

Every Wednesday 5 to 7 pm

7 November to 12 December

70 per lesson per student

 

③ General Paper Prep Programme

To be honest, this is the best General Paper programme in Singapore.

Many General Paper centres conflate lectures, slides and a lot of talking, with little work done to show for it. That’s not how we do it at Academia. We provide substantial, intelligent and detailed content notes and essay plans. We do actual writing in class, with detailed and helpful individualised feedback. No mass-market talk shops here.

Our General Paper Prep Programme is taught by Mr Olivier Tan, our Academic Head of the Integrated Programme and Literature. The syllabus has been field-tested and designed by a former RI GP teacher and Oxford PhD, Dr Neil Coomber, our Director of Pre-University Studies. A diverse swathe of students, including Humanities students, have joined our programme and made remarkable progress in their General Paper grades.

Throughout the programme, you will learn how to apply content and skills through constant practice. Analyse keywords in essay questions, brainstorm and strategise, write topic sentences, and construct sophisticated body paragraphs that show what you know about contemporary global issues. It’s the first step towards achieving your General Paper goals.

❶ Essay

❷ Comprehension

❸ Summary Writing

❹ Application Question

Every Wednesday 715 to 915 pm

7 November to 12 December

95 per lesson per student

 

④ Lower Primary Composition Writing Workshop

The secret to writing well is to begin early. Train your child’s writing muscle and help them develop the skills necessary to write sophisticated, charming and contemporary compositions that comport with the highest global standards. Our Lower Primary Composition Writing Workshop is designed to help students expand their vocabulary bank and develop an idiomatic and literary writing style.

We will be conducting 2 sessions of the Lower Primary Composition Writing Workshop at our Ivy Campus.

Session A

Tuesday 20 – Thursday 22 November 2018

930 to 1130 am

Session B

Tuesday 27 – Thursday 29 November 2018

930 to 1130 am

400 per student

 

 

⑤ Level Two Upper Primary Composition Writing Workshop

The art of writing well encompasses a wide range of skills, from vocabulary mastery to an architectural approach to plot and structure. Learn these essential skills in our Upper Primary Composition Writing Workshop. Students will understand the necessary skills that will help them construct sophisticated and exam-appropriate compositions. Timed trials ensure that students are sufficiently prepared to write exceptional compositions that garner top marks even under examination conditions.

We will be conducting 2 sessions of the Upper Primary Composition Writing Workshop at our Ivy Campus.

Session A

Tuesday 20 – Thursday 22 November 2018

930 to 1130 am

Session B

Tuesday 27 – Thursday 29 November 2018

930 to 1130 am

400 per student

 

⑥ Literature Appreciation Workshop

The bewildering subjectivity of Literature in Secondary school is a source of frustration for many students. However, what many students don’t realise is that Literature, like any other subject, does have its own set of conventions and expectations. Writing a sophisticated literary analysis requires literary sensitivity to the text, a structural approach to your analysis, and precisely deployed vocabulary to construct your argument. This workshop will help you understand the method to the madness. You might even find that it is a deeply enriching and rewarding subject!

We will be conducting 2 sessions at our Ivy Campus.

Session A

Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 November 2018

12 to 2 pm

Session B

Wednesday 28 – Friday 30 November 2018

12 to 2 pm

400 per student

 

⑦ November Nostalgia

Join us for our November Nostalgia learning experience, the quintessential end-of-year English programme that unifies all the educational trends of the past five decades into a singular experience for our students. We invite new students to join us on this edifying journey and develop a plethora of skills that remain salient today.

New students may join our programme for a minimum of 4 lessons.

October – December 2018

400 per student