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ILLAC Program
(Primary)

Who is it for ?

For P1 to P6 students, in either English, Maths or Science.

Click here for program for age 2-6, Preparatory P1 and Secondary

What is it about?

 

The ILLAC Program is a powerful and effective programme that uses the theories of neurology and psychology to help students learn faster and perform at their peak. The programme uses brain priming activities to prep the brain to work at its tip-top condition before any exercises they need to embark on; be it Cloze Passage, Comprehension, Problem Solving or Science Experimenting, the children’s brains are primed for receiving the necessary information that they need in order to perform at each task.

Throughout each session, your child’s working memory, mental flexibility and inhibitory control will be systematically stimulated through our specially-designed activities to ensure they not only excel in class but also in life. The programme also includes Speed Reading and Character Education to ensure your child is not only excellent in his/her studies but also has excellent decision-making skills in life.

Benefits of the Program

Direct Benefits

  • Your child will be able to reach his/her peak performance!
  • You will no longer need to worry about your child’s results because scoring ‘A’s are easily within reach!
  • Your child will no longer dread learning but look forward to every session with us!
  • Your child will have a solid foundation in whichever subject he/she is taking with us.

Indirect Benefits

Your child will enjoy

  • an enhanced Working Memory – able to solve, for example, complicated Mathematical problem sums and answer long Comprehension questions.
  • a heightened Inhibitory Control – able to focus better and have a longer attention span in class.
  • an improved Mental Flexibility – able to learn and process different information easily and creatively.
  • An enhanced and stimulated development in executive functions places your child on the upper tier of the population in achievements from preschool, to university and even adulthood (Bailey, 2007; Eakin et al., 2004)!
  • Fantastic verbal and non-verbal reasoning – Able to express themselves comfortably and accurately
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved communication and social skills
  • improved social and moral competence

How exactly does it work?

In each 2 hours session, your child will be doing speed reading for about 10min, brain-priming activities that stimulate the executive functions before every worksheet component, one-on-one consultation with the teacher every 10min and teacher’s whiteboard teaching every now and then. Every 2 hours of learning with us is packed with brain-stimulating work and learning that ensures your child is not only receiving tuition but real solid enrichment for the brain!

English

Each examinable component in the English examinations taxes on at least 2 executive functions, above the knowledge needed to answer each question. The conventional way of teaching English is to drill Grammar Rules, teach answering techniques and do worksheets after worksheets. However, such methods are slow and ineffective. At ILLAC, we stimulate the students’ executive functions according to the components they are being trained for at each moment and ensure that they learn effectively and efficiently.

It’s very common for children to choose answers based on the fact that it sounds correct, however, English is a language that functions based on rules. There are altogether 12 different tenses and tonnes of other different language rules in the English language that children need to be familiar with. Therefore, when answering Grammar MCQ, children need to have a robust working memory in order to be able to apply all the rules that are required, have the inhibitory Control not to jump into conclusion and choose the first option they think is right, and to be flexible enough to know when to apply which rule in different contexts.

Sample Question:

Mrs Wee ___________ in the school for 20 years. The school _________ her a Long Service Award next week.

a) taught…gave
b) teaches…gives
c) had been teaching…is giving
d) has been teaching…will give

In the question above, students need to be able to identify that

  1. the clue “for 20 years” indicates a “period of time” therefore Perfect Continuous Tense needs to be used.
  2. Since she will be awarded the following week, it would suggest that she is still doing the “action”, so it should be Present Perfect Continuous Tense instead of Past Perfect Continuous Tense.
  3. “next week” is a general time in the future and Simple Future Tense needs to be used.

Therefore the answer is (d).
If children had relied on “which one sounds correct” as a guide, all answers would have sounded correct, therefore resulting in a guess-work of 25% probability of getting their answer correct.

 

Mathematics

In Singapore Math, there are 12 heuristics in the primary math syllabus and each taxes on at least 2 executive functions, above the knowledge needed to solve each sum:

Sample Question:

A farmer has 25 cows and chickens altogether. If the total number of legs among all the animals are 90, how many chickens are there in the farm?

Solution:

Besides taxing on the working memory to remember the steps to solve the problem using the Assumption Method, students will also need to ensure they exercise a lot of inhibitory control to use the correct numbers, differentiate the items and not make any careless transference of numbers in the process.

When do I use the Assumption Method?
When 2 totals and 2 items are given in the question.

What item should I assume?
If the question asks for “chickens”, assume all to be “cows”, because in that case, the final answer will be “chickens”.

Assume all to be cows.
Step 1: New total -> 25 x 4 = 100 legs
Step 2: Difference between new and old total -> 100 – 90 = 10 legs
Step 3: Difference between the items -> 4 – 2 = 2 legs
Step 4: Divide the differences -> 10 ÷ 2 = 5

Ans: 5 chickens

 

 

Science

Science education in Singapore focuses on the process skills that children need to obtain by the time they graduate. Each process skills taxes on at least 2 executive functions, above the knowledge needed to answer each question:

 

Sample question:

The bar graph below shows the amount of digested and undigested food in the different organs of the human digestive system after a meal is eaten.

Based on the above graph, name the organs A and B. (1m)

Solution:

Besides tapping into their knowledge of the Digestive System, children will also need inhibitory control to ensure they observe the graph very carefully, noting all the similarities and differences of each bar. They’ll also need mental flexibility to be able to analyse 2 different items in each bar.

Answer:

A: Gullet
B: Small Intestine

The subjects we offer include:

ENGLISH

To help your child master the English language, every single worksheet component is preceded by a brain priming activity that stimulates the brain to learn and to become heightened in its ability to deal with the questions that follow. Brain priming is a process that could effectively increase the processing speed of the brain and stimulate memory so that learning becomes more effective.

Besides stimulating the brain for effective learning, the program adopts a very systematic approach to teaching Grammar.

We use very concise terms in explaining the Grammar rules and will never tell your child to analyse their mistakes by saying “if it doesn’t sound right, it’s most likely wrong”.

Unfortunately, children would not know it sounds wrong if they are always saying it wrongly, would they?

This is precisely why a very clear and systematic approach to teaching Grammar is very important.

To further strengthen your child’s ability to take on the world stage, we stimulate your child’s IQ with newspaper articles and moral dilemmas to help them negotiate around this global economy.

Yes, your child will be reading articles from the Straits Times and many other media from around the world! Children love it! They look forward to reading these articles and are always asking for more despite having to answer comprehension questions pertaining to these articles. This is one way in which we arouse interest and motivate students in loving to learn!

Last but not least, we adopt the VISUAL WRITING™ technique in developing your child into a young author. Visual Writing™ taps into the child’s ability to visualise and to transform that vision into words. This method is uniquely ours and it has gained a loyal following since its induction in Singapore. It is extremely easy to understand, helps save tonnes of time in planning, yet so powerful in delivering high quality compositions.

This method of writing helps even the weakest student in class write a full page of composition with ease.

With the above strategies in mastering the English language, your child not only becomes confident in school, he is a master learner who is ready for the world of knowledge.

MATHEMATICS

To help your child master Mathematics, brain priming activities, that stimulates the brain to learn and to become heightened in its ability to deal with Maths questions, are used throughout the worksheets. Brain priming is a process that could effectively increase the processing speed of the brain and stimulate memory so that learning becomes more effective.

Being experts of the curriculum, we approach Mathematics from the most challenging component, Problem Sums.

It is the struggle of most students and the nightmare of ALL parents.

Our program faces this head-on and provides the most impactful approach to ensure the mastering of the mathematical problem-solving skills.

All our students are able to glide through problem sums with ease and hardly cringe even at the face of some of the hardest (those that reaches Facebook if you know what I mean ;).

Above that, we also ensure lots of IQ-stimulating activities to drive your child into high gear so that they can effectively deal with the demands of any Maths questions with a logical deduction ability that is turned on and ready to rev.

No expense is spared into providing concrete manipulatives that students need in order to understand the abstract mathematical concept.

Thus, you will see many different mathematical manipulatives used in class to help the weaker students achieve the highest level of understanding.

With the above strategies in mastering Mathematics, your child not only becomes confident in school, he is a master learner who is ready for the world of knowledge.

SCIENCE

Seriously, it’s the easiest subject to tackle. Being experts of the curriculum, we present Science topics in a simple and easy to understand Study Map™ which students can easily replicate.

Through the Study Map™, students know exactly what is required of each topic and use this knowledge to answer any questions in the exam papers. This technique is fool-proof and has helped many students score their A* in their PSLE.

But why stop at exam papers when Science is more than that?

We challenge your child with questions that deal with daily life and answer their own Science questions with hands-on experiments that excite not just the student but the teacher too!

Science will never be the same again with ILLAC.

With the above strategies in mastering Science, your child not only becomes confident in school, he is a master learner who is ready for the world of knowledge.

SPEED READING

Speed Reading is a fixed component in our ILLAC program regardless of subject chosen. We train them to speed read using our very own Super Reader application on the iPad (you won’t be able to find it in iTunes, don’t bother ;).

We teach children to speed read using visualisation skills which broaden their ability to comprehend stories that they read in an instant.

Speed Reading takes place every single session (about 10min per lesson), hence the more times they come in in a week, the faster they are able to speed read!

But why speed read?

Imagine your child being able to read at half the time he usually takes, understand the demands and finish what is expected all in a jiffy.

You will not only save your breathe in chasing him to finish his work, he will have more time to relax and engage in other stuff which he likes!

BLISS…

Speed reading will also prepare your child for higher academic achievement by ensuring that he will be ready to read, visualise and understand anything that he needs to digest in order to prepare himself for the world-stage.

Character Education

You might think this is not important, or why would you need to sign up for an enrichment class that teaches “character”. Actually, character education is more than just teaching children to be good, our “Character Education” teaches students situational analysis, exposes them to current affairs, and guides them in developing decision-making skills.

Research shows that students who go through high-quality character education perform better academically due to their heightened ability in making good decisions in life.

Character Education in ILLAC takes many forms. Most of our Comprehension Passages and Cloze passages teach either a moral or is based on current affairs that stir thinking. Teachers will also take about 10min per lesson to conduct discussions in class using our Character Education materials. From there, students develop oratorial skills in presenting their thoughts.

These are what our parents say!

What is the schedule ?

You can choose between once a week per subject, or twice a week, 2 hours each subject/lesson. Multiple combinations of classes are available, please call or email us to find out the most updated schedule.

How to register ?

You can call, Whatsappemail or visit us at our centers at Vision Exchange #06-15 or West Coast Plaza #01-16/17/18.