Our Five-C-Method™ and Cognitive Load Theory

Clarity is Power.

Many parents feel they are left in the dark when it comes to their children’s performance and ability. Or there is a mismatch between their ability and their performance as shown by the school report. School reports do not say much. In addition, it is almost impossible to get to meet the school teacher more than twice a year. Yet, when you meet them, the feedback given is quite general with no direction for a future focus or plan.

To provide the clarity every parent needs, we conduct different types of assessments: Diagnostic, Formative, Summative and Benchmark assessments. In addition, our curriculum is communicated with parents who get to see what their child learns with us. Let’s talk about the various assessments we provide.

Benchmark Assessments

Our initial diagnostic assessment has four goals:

It is for

Students who wish to sit the selective test, the scholarship test or the OC test.

Goals
  • Clarity on students’ performance
  • Clarity on students’ potential
  • Learning plan to achieve your goal
How
  • Conducted by our assessors (teacher or head teacher)
  • Meeting with you for 30 min to give you full analysis of the assessment
  • Provide you with a learning plan

This assessment is conducted for students who want to join the OC program or the Selective and Scholarship program. The objective is to uncover students’ level of performance, areas of strengths and weaknesses and more importantly their untapped potential.

It will be followed by in-depth report with the head teacher. Our assessor will discuss the assessment with you and answer all your concerns and questions. The assessment also shows where the student stands in terms of their ability to join the program as is, or whether an intervention plan is needed.

This assessment is conducted by an educational expert.

Diagnostic Assessments

  • To uncover the areas of proficiency & measure any misconceptions.
  • To highlight the reasons behind any deficits.
  • To reveal the untapped potential of a student.
  • To measure where the child is at.
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Following the clarity stage, the focus is on

Cognisance
  • Conceptual Understanding – to create independent learners and critical thinkers. We believe that once students…
  • Problem-Solving Skills – using our unique, evidence-proven method that takes students through the four stages…
  • Comprehensive Command of all Components of English – oral reading, reading for meaning and answering…
  • Intensive Coverage of the Maths & the English Curriculum – which aim to teach students more than they learn….
  • Teaching – our teachers are qualified, experienced and trained in Cognitive Load Theory. They are experts in their field.
  • Research-Based Material – all our material is developed by us in accordance with cognitive load theory…

Cognisance

  • Conceptual Understanding – to create independent learners and critical thinkers. We believe that once students…
  • Problem-Solving Skills – using our unique, evidence-proven method that takes students through the four stages…
  • Comprehensive Command of all Components of English – oral reading, reading for meaning and answering…
  • Intensive Coverage of the Maths & the English Curriculum – which aim to teach students more than they learn….
  • Teaching – our teachers are qualified, experienced and trained in Cognitive Load Theory. They are experts in their field.
  • Research-Based Material – all our material is developed by us in accordance with cognitive load theory…
confidence

Confidence

A confident child

  • Believes in their own ability to do things
  • Has a genuine sense of their own worth
  • Takes responsibility for their actions
  • Is not afraid of making mistakes.

Self-confidence comes from a sense of competence. When children are empowered with problem-solving skills, a solid foundation in Maths and English, and are encouraged to make mistakes and learn from them, they enjoy learning and become more competent.

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Connection

Connection at GEA is at more than one level.

At one level connection refers to the students’ engagement in the classroom and in the real world. At GEA this is guaranteed by the critical selection of only the most enthusiastic and passionate teachers who are able to achieve this.

The GEA textbooks also allow for students to have discussions in class and engage with the material and with each other. It is proven by research that these activities help to promote their connection between abstract concepts to the real world, thus strengthening their conceptual understanding. Students thus become connected and engaged in and outside the classroom

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Cultivation

This is where all things come together.

Parents who have clarity and students who are confident, connected and engaged, and are empowered with a solid foundation in mathematics and English, and most importantly problem-solving skills, inevitably not only reach their full potential, but also expand it and reach beyond it. Students will be equipped with a love for learning and life-long skills.

Our Unique Problem Solving Strategy: The UPSL™ Strategy

The UPSL™ strategy has been developed by Dr Majeda Awawdeh based on her research. Dr Majeda used the principles of Cognitive Load Theory to simplify the steps involved in solving a word problem. She created a template to help students perform the steps effectively. The steps are straightforward and easy to grasp.

  • Understand it (U)
  • Plan it (P)
  • Solve it (S)
  • Look back and learn from it (L)

This is the template that is provided with maths questions. Students need to use the template to automate the steps.

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Understand It

In dot point, list the information given and what you need to find.
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P

Plan It

Plan it by drawing a diagram or a picture or anything that might help you.
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S

Solve It

Execute your plan.
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L

Learn It

Here you look back at the question and see if you can do it in a different way and learn from it.
UPSL™ Strategy – High School
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UPSL™ Strategy – Primary School
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Testimonials

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Dear GEA staff and teachers, I can’t believe Ema’s Year 6 journey is over. The last 2 years were very difficult in many ways and obviously made Ema’s preparation for selective and scholarship exams quite challenging. I have to thank all of the GEA staff and teachers from the bottom of my heart as even though there was a lot of “unknown” in our kids’ lives they made Ema’s study journey so much easier. Clear communication, very approachable staff helping us to navigate with online learning and most of all dedicated teachers helping our kids with their preparation for the exams and overall progress in their studies…

Julian-Yaman

I cannot Thank Global Education Academy enough, I thought by enrolling my son to a private school he is receiving the best education possible. I was so wrong.  Since kindergarten, his report was not that great, and I was a super concern, and whenever I raised my concerns with his class teacher I was told not worry, every kid is different and that he was doing well.

After reaching out to Global Education Academy within the first two weeks I could see the difference.  Homework is an easy task to do with no time at all, no calls or emails from the school, after school learning at Global is something he is looking forward to it. Even on Saturday he is happy to go.

I am not sure what magic spell Kate is using on my son, but it is working! Thank you, Kate, for making my son believe in his ability, I am super confident that he is in good hands. I cannot wait to see his school report.

If you are struggling to try to find answers on what to do to help your children to thrive in their learning, Global Education Academy is the solution

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“Hello, I thought I’d share some positive feedback on my son, Zac, tutoring experience from GEA Kogarah. He thoroughly enjoys his lessons with Ms Caroline each week so much so he looks forward to them. He finds learning fun even being on zoom. I have to say that if it wasn’t for her tutoring “pro-ess” and ability to keep him engaged he would definitely be further behind with the impact of COVID / homeschooling. Please pass on thanks and kudos. Cheers”

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“Just so you know yesterday I observed Aidan doing his online tutoring classes and I must say I was impressed. Your platform is much better than what his school is currently using and I actually think he enjoyed the work which is great! He seemed quite focused and engaged with what the class is doing which was good to see.”

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