9 Effective Exam Study Tips

6 Sep 2016 by Venetia Sng

Enjoying your September holidays? We don’t want to be a downer but the last semester is coming and the dreaded year end exams are just around the corner! We feel you and we want to help you study efficiently. Check out these awesome study tips we gathered for you, start planning and you are on the right track to your As!

#1 Pick a place and a Time

Everyone has their ideal place and time to study. Whether it’s in the bedroom at night or the library after school, find a study space and a regular study time that works for you and stick with it.

  • Set up your study space – Your study space should be comfortable and distraction-free. It should make you feel motivated and inspired.
  • Know your productive period – Some people work better in the morning, while others work better at night. Don’t study way pass your usual bedtime – pushing yourself late at night can break your concentration.

#2 Study Every Day

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Now it might sound scary but if you study a little bit every day you’ll be continually reviewing things in your mind which helps in understanding the subject better. It also helps you avoid the stress of last-minute cramming!

An hour or two everyday might be enough to stay on top of things. If you’re finding it hard to find time to study, you need to cut back on some of your other activities and plan your time efficiently. Which brings us to the next point..

#3 Plan Your Time

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It helps to have some plans in motion so that you can get rid of that heavy inertia and make the most of your study time.

  • Set alarms – Set alarms to remind yourself about your study plans. A regular reminder keeps your plans on track.
  • Use a wall planner – Stick a calendar or wall planner at a visible location and mark it up with important dates like exams and assignment due dates.
  • Make to-do lists – At the start of the week, make a list of the things that you need to have done by the end of the week. Make a to-do list for each study session as well, it’s very satisfying when you cross off the tasks at the end of the day.
  • Set time limits – If you don’t get something done in the set time for each subject, consider whether it’s the best use of your time to keep going with it, or to start working on something else.

#4 Discover Your Learning Style

Most of us have a preferred way of learning. Get to know your learning style and study in the ways you learn best.

  • Auditory learners learn by listening – If you’re an auditory learner you could try reading your notes aloud, have a discussion/reading group and record lectures to listen again later.
  • Visual learners learn by seeing – If you’re a visual learner you could use colours in your notes, draw flow charts or mind maps to help represent key points and use images for memorising.
  • Kinesthetic learners learn by doing – If you’re a kinesthetic learner you could use body movements or tapping to remember information and you can try pacing or moving around while reading to help with memorising.

#5 Review and Revise

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After every chapter, you should recap what you’ve studied in class. Thinking things over can help you to understand the concepts and help you recall them better.

  • Quiz yourself – Get a friend to quiz you on key concepts and offer to help your friends with their work too. Quizzes are great ways to find out what you know and what you still need to review.
  • Ten Year Series – They are our best friend back in school and they should be yours too. The TYS is great for revision because it makes you go through 10 years worth of exam questions!

#6 Take Breaks

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It’s important to take breaks while you’re studying, especially if you’re feeling tired or frustrated after working too long on a subject. Get away from your desk or study space and do a bit of physical activities like walking around the block or doing some sit ups. 

#7 Ask for Help

Don’t be afraid to talk to your teachers or lecturers about the things you don’t understand. Talk to your friends and have a discussion, it helps with clearing up the thoughts in your head.

#8 Stay Motivated

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When you’re studying it helps to keep in mind your reasons for doing all this hard work, like a course or career you’re working towards. Decorate your study space with inspirational quotes or photos of people you admire.

#9 Look After Yourself

You’ll study better if you take care of yourself. Make sure you eat well and get enough sleep and physical exercise. Don’t reward yourself with too many sugary or fatty snacks. It’s also a good idea to make sure you drink lots of water when you’re studying.

So what are you waiting for? Picard is watching you.


Want to know how you can improve your memory? Check out these six ways you can try to give that brain a boost!

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Be a Jet-Setting Student with MDIS

23 Aug 2016 by Teenage

From far-flung countries like Uzbekistan to home of our favourite K-pop idols South Korea, how would you like to travel to these countries as part of your studies? With Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) School of Tourism and Hospitality, you can.

Students of MDIS School of Tourism and Hospitality got the opportunity to travel to Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Seoul, Korea during the holidays this year for an immersion programme where they got to experience things that we wouldn’t think of on a regular basis.

While in Korea, they visited Yangdong Folk Village, which is a UNESCO Heritage Site.

MDIS UNESCO heritage site Yangdong Folk Village 2

They even had the chance to go to Golgulsa for a temple stay, not many would think of a temple stay for a holiday but it was a rather refreshing adventure for everyone.

MDIS Summudo practice during Golgulsa temple stay

And of course they wouldn’t miss out on the shopping and eating while in Seoul! All the egg cakes got them stuffed and the hanboks (traditional Korean dress) got a bit tighter.

MDIS Myeongdong

Students got to visit Uiduk University while in Korea and learnt that the students in Korea got to study in the Department of Airlines and Tourism if they aspire to be flight attendants and the Division of Food Service Industry for students who are interested in culinary and bakery. Apart from the specialised fields, the Korean students get to undergo experiential learning as well. 

MDIS Immersion Programme

While at Tashkent, the MDIS students got to interact with the Uzbekistan students and learn more about the local culture and way of life. It was a great networking opportunity for everyone as they’ve remained as friends even after the trip and kept in touch on social media platforms.

MDIS Tashkent

Read more about the MDIS School of Tourism and Hospitality here where there are Diploma and Advanced Diplomas awarded by MDIS, plus Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree awarded by the University of Sunderland (UK) to meet to your needs.

MDIS At Registan

Who knows, you might be flying off to Vegas or New York for your next trip! Till the next adventure! 


Work Towards Success In A Week

22 Aug 2016 by Teenage

Weekends and days off are meant for lazing around in your pajamas. But why slack around and waste the day away when you can make your life more productive and propel you towards success? Here are some things you should do within a week to get that butt moving.

#1 Get rid of clutter

Messying Room

It’s tough being neat as a pin 24/7, especially with schoolwork, friends and CCAs to deal with. But being overly messy can cause problems, like being slowed down because you can’t find anything you’re looking for, or more worrying ones like decreased productivity due to a messy desk. Take some time to sort things into place and you’ll find that everything in your life will go much smoother. 

#2 Earn some cash

Shopping, cafe-hopping, tech-collecting, travelling… Being a teenager (and broke student) is difficult when your wallet can’t match up to your hobbies. Instead of turing to your parents for more allowance, try to look for a part-time job! Not only will you be bale to fund yourself, you’ll be able to prep for the working world and gain helpful new perspectives that’ll surely come in handy. Our quick check online showed temp jobs in retail, F&B and events, so you’ll definitely be able to score a position as long as you make the necessary arrangements.

#3 Get fit

Keep Fit Running

Exercising brings you way more than the obvious fit bod and good immune system. Having a regular fitness routine also improves your concentration and motivation, not to mention reduct stress and improve your confidence. Also, you might even meet some new friends while doing so. Don’t be over ambitious though. Decide on an achievable routine depending on your schedule – no time to put in an hour of exercise thrice a week? Try short 15-minute workouts daily instead. 

TIP: Fast food is convenient but it definitely isn’t good fuel for your body – high-fat meals require our digestive systems to work harder, which will result in grogginess and a decrease in productivity. Choose healthier food and you will thank yourself for the right decision.

#4 Learn something new

It’s goods to keep learning even outside the classroom. You could pick up life skills like cooking/baking, or pursue interests in areas like modern calligraphy, or learn to play an instrument like the ukulele. Some of these suggestions can be easily picked up by online tutorials, but those who prefer guidance can sign up for workshops from places like The General Company, Shop Wonderland, or even various community centres if you’re on a budget.

#5 Take your interests to the next level

Baking Frosting

Whether you’re a budding writer, art enthusiast, inventor-to-be or emerging fashion designer etc., we’re sure it’s hard evolving your interests when your time has to be split between school, assignments and CCAs. Make use of whatever free time you have to hone your craft or create something new that you can add to your portfolio. It’ll help you get eons ahead of your peers should you decide to take the time and effort to do so, especially if you’re seeking a carer path with your interest.

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Have trouble waking up in the morning to get your day started? Here are some healthy habits you can adopt to be a morning person!

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How To Be A Morning Person

17 Aug 2016 by Venetia Sng

We know the many benefits of waking up early but we love our beds so much so that it’s easier said than done. Therefore we came up with some healthy habits you can adopt so that you can finally make it in time for those dreaded 8am lectures. The first step forward is always the hardest so stop procrastinating and get going now!

#1 No caffeine 

Morning Coffee

It’s fine if you need a little pick-me-up in the morning but remember to avoid caffeine after lunch as it takes a few hours for your body to fully metabolise it. Besides coffee and tea, take note that cola, green tea, energy drinks and some painkillers contain caffeine, so it’s best that you avoid them during dinner.

#2 Prep for your sleep

Hot showers relaxes the body and once you step out of the bathroom into a cold room, the drop in body temperature will cause you to feel drowsy. Ensure that your bedroom is a conducive environment for relaxing and if possible, set the temperature of the room to 21°C as it’s the optimal temperature for sleeping.

#3 Let there be light

Bright Bedroom Morning

Leave the curtains and blinds open for natural light to fill the room during sunrise. You will be naturally awakened by the change in room temperature and the warmth from the sun is sure to perk you up. If the sunlight is too strong for your liking, you can go for sheer curtains so that the sun wouldn’t hit your straight in the face but will fill the room with sunlight at the same time.

#4 Cut down on screen time

No matter if it’s your laptop/cellphone/tablets, screens in general inhibit the production of melatonin, a chemical in your body which is responsible for making you drowsy. Try to cut down on screen time before bed, if not, turn on the night shift mode on your mobile devices and set the timing for the screen to switch at least 2 hours before your sleep. This is so that you wouldn’t strain your eyes and give your body ample time to adjust for bed accordingly.

#5 Don’t snooze

Alarm Clock Snooze

We enter a deep sleep cycle or as some might call it REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep every 70 – 90 minutes and when you are disrupted during this period of time, you often end up feeling grouchy and tired. This explains why you end up even more exhausted despite clocking in an additional 20 minutes of sleep when you hit that snooze button. Stop making it a habit and wake up immediately after you alarm goes off – you’ll be more refreshed that way.

#6 Catch the “worm”

Have something to look forward to when you wake up in the morning. Whether it’s bumping into that cute guy at the bus stop or prepping that awesome breakfast to start the day or leaving the house earlier to catch more Pokémon on the way to school/work, get yourself psyched up for the day when you get out of bed.

When you get the hang of waking up early, give these other healthy habits a go! At Teenage, we believe that we all should aim to better ourselves constantly.

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5 Types of Singaporean Students

5 Aug 2016 by Venetia Sng

We’ve all been through school at some point in our lives and whether we like it or not, it’s very much like how they portray it in the movies or shows (maybe less drama). We talk about the most common types of students we see in school, everyone’s bound to have these types of students mentioned below in your class. Heck, you might even be one of them.

#1 The Mugger

Taking Notes Mugger Meme

They can be your saviour or your worst enemy. For days when you forget to do your homework or were on MC, the ‘Mugger’ could just save your day if they’re willing to share. If they aren’t the nice kind, they’ll be the ones reminding your teacher of the assignment that the whole class didn’t do but them.

#2 Neat Freak

Neat Freak Attack On Titan

You know that guy/girl who has everything on their tables placed at specific spots and has everything labeled including their stationery? Yeap, never lose a pen you borrow from them ’cause you’ll never hear the end of it. Plus if you’re sitting next to them, make sure your elbow never cross to the restricted areas (aka their side) if you don’t want death stares.

#3 Class Clown

Fairly Oddparents Class Clown

He/she wants to be everyone’s friend, they didn’t ask to be the class clown but wouldn’t mind it anyway ’cause they’re a people pleaser. No matter if they’re the good kind or the annoying kind, they just want to be liked and socially accepted.

#4 Queen Bee

Queen Bee Regina George Meme

This person believes everyone goes to school just to see her and basically everything else is about her. They start every morning by telling everyone what they did over the weekend, what new stuff they got and hates it when someone has the same item they have. If they feel that someone is threatening their position on “top”, they will do whatever it takes to end the person’s social life.

#5 Always Late

Always Late Meme

No matter if they stay very far or just 5 minutes away from school, they are always late and are forever sleepy. No one ever knows what they’re up to out of school and it’s will remain a mystery. They’ve tried all kinds of methods to sneak into school and have served enough detention to last a lifetime.

Teachers.. either they are godsent or made of your worst nightmares. No matter, Teachers’ Day is coming and we compile a list of the 5 (most common) types of teachers we see in Singapore here.

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