5 quick family outings to shake the exams stress away

This is the time of the year where most families start feeling the tense and stressful ambience in the house, especially if you have a family member that is taking the national exam soon in these 2 months.

While preparing hard for the exams should be the main focus, it is still necessary to give yourself a break once in a while to re-energise, re-focus, and study even better! What better way to do so than family outings where you can de-stress while still spending some quality family time with the people who matter.

Here are 5 quick family outings idea that family members can take their exam takers to:

1. Get some family exercise at a nearby park!

Three reasons why this is such a great idea. You get to rest your eyes. You get to exercise. You only have to spend at most 3-4 hours. On top of that, it is so convenient due to the number of parks we have in Singapore.

Here is a list of parks for you to consider according to locations:


  • Singapore Botanic Garden
  • Macritchie Reservoir
  • Labrador Nature Reserve
  • Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
  • Hindhede Nature Park


  • Chinese and Japanese Garden
  • West Coast Park
  • Bukit Batok Nature Park


  • Changi Beach Park
  • Pasir Ris Park
  • East Coast Park


  • Sembawang Park
  • Woodlands Waterfront
  • Punggol Waterway Park
  • Corney Island

2. Learn a new board game

Board games are a great way for family members to spend time and bond together (provided there is no one being TOO competitive). They are bound to create laughter and memorable moments that will be spoken of in the future. It is also a great idea to consider because at the same time where you are having fun, you are also exercising your brain (so you do not need to feel too guilty about heading out). There are many board games cafes out there for you to choose from to spend a few hours there to de-stress and have a great time!

3. Visit a Waterpark

This is a perfect way to escape the Singapore heat while taking time off studying but still having a splashing good time! Research has found that immersing in water helps to increase blood flow to your brain, and this increase in blood flow can help to improve memory, mood, clarity, and focus. This is especially relevant for those who are exhausted out from their daily studying. So if you want to be efficient and focus better, remember to take a breather by visiting a waterpark!

4. See and pet some animals

Yes, animals. We’re not joking when we say that animals are found to increase confidence and decrease stress in humans. This might just be the outing your child needs before the exam! It does not have to take long since just 3-4 hours is enough for this outing.

Singapore Zoo and Dairy Farm Nature Park can be places for consideration. There is a special 90-minute long “I heart Nature” workshop at Dairy Farm Nature Park for parent-child bonding, and participants can take part in craft activities and nature walks. If you find that these places are too out of the way, there are numerous pet cafes in more central locations for you to visit as well!

5. Museum visiting for a gloomy day!

What if it rains on the day of your family outing? We definitely need some wet weather plan for that. Luckily in Singapore, there are so many museums that you or your child can choose from. This can be a fun-filled half a day trip to explore more about the arts and culture, and also nurture creativity in your children. The best part is that many museums have activities already planned out for families so there is surely one that is suited to your family!

List of museums in Singapore:

National Museum of Singapore

Asian Civilisation Museum

Peranakan Museum

ArtScience Museum

Singapore Philatelic Museum

Singapore Art Museum

National Gallery Singapore

Mint Museum of Toys

Red Dot Design Museum


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Exam Preparation for Secondary School O levels - for parents and students

With 2 more months left till O levels, we know that many of you are trying to ramp up any studying sessions that you have currently. Some of you have been studying at a constant pace, while there are many who are still struggling with basic concepts or doing some last minute cramming.

No matter if you are somebody who is confident about facing O levels yet or are internally panicking as you read this, here are some tips for you to DO RIGHT NOW to prepare for the O levels.

Create a timetable from NOW till the BIG DAY

If you do not have a timetable currently, please do one RIGHT NOW.

I cannot emphasize how beneficial it is to have one. This is because merely the process of planning a timetable helps you to realise the amount of work you have to complete each day to be prepared for the big day. Without a timetable, it is very easy for you to procrastinate and you’re your work till a later date as you will believe that there is still time.

Furthermore, a timetable helps you to study multiple subjects in a day and to ensure that you have sufficient breaks in between studying to maintain maximum efficiency, which are two factors students tend to neglect.

Many tend to just focus on one subject per day, but it is actually easier for your brain to absorb and memorize information if they are of different subjects. There is also no point having a straight 14 hours study marathon if your brain is already saturated midway and you’re not focusing at all. So do remember that breaks are there to help you and not to waste your time.

The Ten Year Series (TYS) should be your BFF

It is common knowledge that exam questions over the years tend to be quite similar with a few surprises. The examiners always like to test on the same concept with just a different phrasing of the question. Since there are 2 months left only, you should definitely be practising your TYS right now. This is because doing it once is not sufficient at all. You should aim to redo the book at least 3 times.

Many students protest about this, as they felt that their knowledge level is still not adequate to be attempting the questions. However, by the time these students feel confident enough, there is simply not enough time left anymore.

Hence, even if you feel unprepared, just attempt the questions and understand the steps behind the solution. It is also more efficient to do so as TYS are usually organized by chapters, and thus, you can get a clearer idea of what you need more conceptual understanding or practice in.

Make Cheat Sheets

Cheat sheets are useful for both everyday uses and for just before the exam. Ever become frustrated because you have seen the question for the fourth time but you still cannot remember the formula to solve that question? This is exactly where cheat sheets can come in.

Throughout your current study period, write down any formulas or definitions you find hard to remember on a piece of paper that is called your cheat sheet. This way, you can always spend a short 10-15 minutes a day reading through this sheet of paper and as time goes, they will be ingrained into your memories.

This is also relevant for questions that you kept getting it wrong. Hence, you can refer to all of these just before the exam as well to remind yourself of the common mistakes you tend to make and the concepts you tend to forget.

Sleeping patterns FYI

If you know that you have many morning exams, please do not cultivate a sleeping pattern of waking up at 12/1 pm daily.

Research has already proven that performance is improved if you studied at the same period of time as your actual examinations. If you want to enjoy this benefit, do start this habit early as there will not be much effect if you just do it one day before the exam.

Also, do you know that humans sleep better in blocks of 3? This is why you might feel more refreshed after a 3 hours nap as compared to a solid 8 hours of sleep. This is because our sleep cycle spans for around 3 hours starting and ending with light sleep with deep sleep in the middle. Wake up in the middle of your deep sleep and you’ll feel extremely lethargic.

That is why you should use a sleep calculator (many available on the internet!) to calculate the most optimum time for you to wake up based on the time you’re sleeping at.

Join a Crash Course

Since there are still 2 months away from the actual exams, it might be useful for you to join a crash course where you can consolidate your knowledge, identify your weak topics, and learn how to answer exam questions in the shortest amount of time.

Crash courses, even though intense, are very effective ways to get you up to speed. These classes usually focus on popular exam questions and their solutions, common misunderstanding of concepts, examination tips, and sometimes even provide predictions of O levels questions. You can see why they are so popular nowadays.

So do join one if you feel that you need an extra boost.

With that, KRTC wishes you all the best in your preparation for O levels. Utilize these two months well, and you’ll definitely still see a jump in grades!

“It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it”


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What can crash courses do for you?

Hey students!

We have just wrapped up the first round of examination crash course last week! Our crash courses are usually held during June and September periods.

Over the course of the five days, our students underwent an intensive session with their tutors, and covered key topics, improving on weak subject areas, and got really motivated to ace their exams.

As we approach the September examination period, we just want to remind you that it is not too late to seek help! The worst thing to do is to accept that you are bound to lose marks to a topic that you “will never understand.”

If you want to get the additional 15 to 20 marks that will bring you from a C to B, or B to A, we strongly urge you to come and attend our crash course.

Here are some reasons you should consider attending:

1. It’s the final leg of the year.

The crash courses are focused on one thing: preparing you to tackle the exam ahead by covering all the key concepts that will be tested. We know that our students try very hard to gain new knowledge throughout the academic year.

The final few weeks before their papers are very crucial. The difference between studying in our class, and at home alone, with your siblings or your friends, is the environment and guidance.

In our classroom, we set a pace that is conducive enough for accelerated learning, and all students get hyperfocused on tackling the work together. Students get immediate help, saving time and effort. This ensures that you won’t become dejected after struggling with particular topics or questions.

2. Allow the teacher to evaluate the weakness of the students before the examination and work it.

Making a last minute discovery that you are unprepared for a topic is better than not knowing at all - at least you get the chance to overcome the topic right there and then.

Too many students go to exams and get dumbstruck when they encounter a question or topic that they forgot to practice for - and it’s too late by then. Save the heartache and anxiety by doing something now when you still can.

3. Brush up key concepts to serve as a reminder of what they learnt.

Crash courses are meant to help you cover the essential concepts in the shortest amount of time. It is a common misconception that crash courses are useful only for weaker students to brush up on their knowledge. Rather, crash courses can be useful for the stronger students as well. They serve as a good revision tool by going through all the key concepts and reinforcing them and allow such students to identify areas they still need more practice in.  

3. Give the students confidence that he or she is well-prepared for the examinations. 

Many people signed up for crash courses in a bid to push up their grades for the end-of-year or national examinations. Do you know that crash courses can also help to instil confidence in yourself for the examinations as well? This is one important aspect of exam preparation that people tend to forget - the psychological factor. Under the detailed and easy-to-understand explanations of key concepts, exam questions, and solutions by the teachers, coupled with timed practice and examination tips, a student will definitely feel more confident and ready to tackle the upcoming examinations, which is half the battle won!

Here’s how you can inquire for more information:

You can call us at +65 6684 8444, and ask for a crash course schedule. Our representative will help you assess your scope of needs and recommend the best ways to improve your results immediately.

Alternatively, you may also email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will address all of your needs.


Kent Ridge Education’s mission is to provide continuous and challenging educational programmes for students to strive for excellence. We provide a wide range of academic and enrichment programmes for Pre-school, Primary School, Secondary School and JC students. For more information on classes, contact: +65 6684 8444 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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