2015 Domain of Singapore Tutoring Experts' List of "Exotic" Public Studying Areas
Crazy weather, crazy amount of schoolwork. If you the student seriously require a change of study environment to maintain whatever sanity that's left of the soul, we totally feel you. After all, we were students once too. No, we will never even think of suggesting predictably boring locations like libraries or airport terminals-you have our word. That said, we believe you can still feel rather comfy, stretch your feet a little and get down to conquering them tutorials and past year papers with nary a distraction suffered. Let's begin shall we?
1. Changi City Point
We love its convenient location (situated literally beside Expo MRT station), and the fact the place becomes exceptionally tranquil after 9pm on most nights when the shopping traffic thins out. Plenty of seats and tables can be found in Basement 1, near the Cold Storage supermarket and Raffles Medical clinic.
2. Marina Square Shopping Mall
Truth be told, this upscale shopping place has become quite the ghost town of late, with a rather significant number of eateries and retailers having shuttered for good. Even during lunch hours and late afternoons, not many are seen strolling down the aisles and checking out stuff. This, and them oh so really soft cushioned seats (found at various spots throughout the mall at levels 2 and 3) should seal the deal, don't you think?
3. Bedok Mall
This shopping mall (which is linked to both Bedok MRT station and the central bus interchange) is extremely peaceful for most parts of the morning, as well as after 10pm generally. Seats, seats and more seats can be found everywhere at all 3 levels (Basements 1 and 2, Level 1), so if you are an Eastie you might wish to check things out here. Oh, and before we forget, should you require substantial real estate aka tables for your war chest of notes, books and calculators, say amen to Starbucks. Just bear in mind not to hog them seats for an eternity though.
4. Tampines North Community Club
A stone's throw away from both Tampines MRT and the central bus interchange, brightly lit study corners can be found at the first two levels of this CC. If you are hungry and want to grab a quick bite, Burger King is literally a few steps away (take note though it closes daily at 10pm, including Sundays and public holidays). What's not to love?
If you desire a view whilst poring over your books, then allow us to recommend this open space at the fourth (also the highest) floor of the building. Accessible by only a single stairwell from the second level, you will find yourself truly in another world as evidenced from the photo above.
Bonus Location: Capella Hotel, Sentosa
Say you relish the idea of going away to somewhere extremely tranquil to get all that reading material sorted out, and do not mind a little traveling, then Capella Hotel at Sentosa Island would be the perfect place. Whereabouts in its sprawling premises you ask? At the foyer area outside Bob's Bar facing the main building (which houses the guest reception and conference rooms by the way), and a level below it (accessible by a flight of stairs) just right outside restaurant The Knolls. Absolutely serene for most weekdays (both day and night to add). Obviously the physical environment is supremely cozy, so work hard at ensuring you don't doze off.
Before we forget, you can get there by hopping on a shuttle bus which picks up passengers at Vivo City (pick-up point is located right beside the exit area near J-Pot restaurant); alternatively you may wish to take the monorail (from Level 3 of the same shopping mall), alight at Imbiah station and trek 10 minutes or so to reach your destination. Plenty of direction signboards around, we doubt you will lose your way.
Remember, always observe proper decorum when studying in these public areas; when you need to walk away, WALK AWAY. Being confrontational is pure stupidity. HAVE FUN, AND GOOD LUCK FOR YOUR TESTS/EXAMS!
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