2018 Domain of Singapore Tutoring Experts' List of "Exotic" Public Studying Areas

Not getting much love from Starbucks nor Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf these days because your behind got glued to a seat poring over one fat stack of lecture notes for too long (usually accompanied by the mere purchase of a single drink)? Hey we know you ain't feeling so great with them constant judgmental glares from others over your shoulders, and then subsequently being "invited" to vacate your stronghold erected however discreetly in a corner. Employing that possibly stale but rather true empathetic rejoinder: we were students once - been there, done that. Not to mention even the most basic ice blended mocha isn't exactly wallet friendly. Seeking equally conducive, yet far cheaper (or should we say completely free) revision havens in the public domain? Glad you asked, because we have once again assembled a fresh set of recommendations just for you, the truly conscientious one, to properly do your thing sans the din, distracting chatter and uncomfortable stares. Oh, you are most welcome.

The Centrepoint, Levels 2 and 3

For some odd reason crowds remain indifferent to The Centrepoint embedded in the Orchard shopping belt despite its $50 million, 16 month extensive overhaul which concluded in late 2016. Truth be told, personal surveys revealed the following: in the afternoons and shortly after 8.30pm in the evenings, overall footfall within this mall was terribly dismal to say the least. In fact, sometimes things got so quiet one could hear a pin drop. Well, what doesn't work for retail surely works for the student. Get parked in one of those uber comfy chairs or curved couches showcased in the photos above, and knock yourself out.

2. Market Square @ Downtown East, Level 2

Located a single stop away from the Pasir Ris Bus Interchange, this is one sprawling setup housing a vast number of F&B and entertainment establishments. A laid-back, homely feeling permeates existing spaces at anytime of the day, so the only real problem you might face is having the will to eventually extricate yourself from the premises you have grown overly fond of. By the way, indoors or outdoors revision, take your pick. In particular, we adore two areas, one situated right outside a Starbucks Coffee outlet and the other which occurs in the vicinity of the Sakura International Buffet Restaurant.

3. Marina Bay Link Mall, Level B2

The coast is largely clear past 8pm on weekdays when office workers from the nearby central business district knock off and head home, so grab yourself a bench, kick back and get positively lost in your revision. While many eateries are typically shuttered by then, you can still always count on the likes of Subway, Soup Spoon and Burger King to refuel if hunger pangs strike midway. Come weekends where most businesses aren't open for trading in the immediate vicinity, obviously it gets even better as you can get your studying done in complete solitude round the clock. Did we forget to mention Marina Bay Link Mall stands adjacent to the fare gantry area of the Downtown MRT station?

4. China Square Central -Nankin Row

First things first, Nankin row is a building which houses tenants including an assortment of cafes, restaurants and bars. During the day, it is rather vacant save for a few folks who swing by during lunch hours; in the evenings however things liven up considerably as crowds converge on the premises to drink and make merry. Moral of the story: make yourself comfortable in any of these endless array of seats from morning till about 4.30pm, then its probably time to take flight.

A friendly reminder: do not attempt to hitch a ride on this trishaw.

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!