Where are the top study spots in Singapore?
Top study spots revealed
By IN Crowders Heng Hui Mei, Rachel Yeak, Leong Jia Wei and Salwa Sayeed
Fri, Apr 23, 2010
The Straits Times
SCHOOL CLASSROOM (AFTER EVERYONE HAS GONE HOME)
Photo: ST, Ernest Goh
Unless your school locks all the classrooms immediately after school, this is a great place to study.
There are no beds or television programmes to distract you from studying.
You are also likely to take the examinations in your classroom, so it's a good idea to get used to the surroundings.
Some classrooms have computers, so if you're allowed to use them, you can also do your online assignments or research. Finally, you'll spend nothing on transport, so you save money and time. SINGAPORE MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY (SMU) CONCOURSE
Photo: ST, Caroline Chia
While SMU students may have priority if the place is packed, both the first floor and underground walkways have plenty of seating.
We like this relatively quiet spot, which is ideal for studying at the weekend. There are also plenty of food choices such as a food court or deli, within walking distance.
When you need a break, take a walk on the college green to clear your head. SWIRL GELATERIA IN BUKIT TIMAH ROAD
Photo: Swirl Gelateria
Teenagers living or studying in the Bukit Timah area love to visit this place for study dates.
If you want to take a break, there are magazines and board games.
But you'll have to buy a snack:
$4 to $7 for a gelato dessert or $10 to $22 for the pasta or pizza. A little pricey. CHANGI AIRPORT
Photo: ST, Stephanie Yeow
The viewing gallery is a perennial favourite of students, for its quiet environment.
But wear a padded jacket if you're hitting the books at Terminal 2 or 3, as they can get brutally cold.
Avoid Terminal 1 as it is undergoing renovation.
Unless you camp out in a cafe or food court, there are no benches, so be prepared to sit on the floor.
Bring a cushion, unless you have a well-padded butt. THE NATIONAL LIBRARY BUILDING'S SILENT ROOM
Photo: ST, Joanna Hor
The Silent Room is very quiet, as one might expect. The slightest sound you make, be it shuffling through your worksheets or asking your friend a question, will invite stares and frowns from other people in the room.
You might spend quite some time waiting for a seat too. But if you do get a place, and like the hear-a-pin-drop atmosphere, then it's the study place for you.
Bear in mind that you'll probably spend more time waiting for a seat than you will occupying one. FAST-FOOD JOINTS
Photo: ST, Melissa Sim
Having fast food on demand to keep yourself nourished during an intensive mugging session might sound like a good idea, but it's not all it's cracked up to be.
Fast-food restaurants in busy malls tend to be filled at meal times - making it too noisy to concentrate.
One unspoken rule in a fast-food joint is that students are encouraged to give up their seats when other patrons start to fill up the place. This can disrupt your study session.
The only redeeming factor is the free Wi-Fi you can slurp on. VIVOCITY ROOFTOP AMPHITHEATRE
This is not a good place to study. If you are not distracted by the constant drone of what looks like an air-conditioning motor, the mosquitoes or the scorching heat, then you might be tempted by the shops.
This place is better suited for hanging out with your mates or bringing a date.
The good thing about the rooftop is that you can stay as long as you want. There is also free Wi-Fi and the steps of the amphitheatre provide a kind of study table.