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You can request for a tutor by submitting our online Request Form.

Upon receiving your request, we will Whatsapp you to discuss your child’s academic needs. We will spend the next few hours shortlisting several suitable tutors within our database and network for your consideration.

Our working hours are from 9am to 9pm, seven days a week.

Tuition usually commences within one week after you have selected a tutor.


The paid trial lessons can be 1.5 hours or 2 hours per session.


You just need to pay for the tuition session(s) that have been conducted. There will not be any extra charges for the change.


You can request to see the hardcopies of certificates of your tutor to be presented to you during the first lesson.

The client acknowledges that it is his/her responsibility to verify the suitability, credentials and qualifications of any tutor with whom he/she engages.


Improve Grades is Singapore’s leading private tuition agency and our matching service is free for students/parents requesting for tutors. This is because our agency commission is charged to the tutor, not to you.

The client will pay to Improve Grades half of the fees payable in the first 4 calendar weeks. This amount is the commission to Improve Grades for matching the tutor to the client, and will be borne by the tutor.

Thereafter, the client will pay the tuition fees directly to the tutor.

If lessons are postponed during the first two weeks, the commission payable to Improve Grades will be based on the tuition session conducted the subsequent week(s).

The tutor shall collect all fees due to the tutor from the parent after the two weeks. Improve Grades will not assist in any recovery of fees.


The client is required to pay tuition fees only for the number of hours of lessons given by the tutor.

If you decide to stop the tuition after the first lesson, you are required to pay for only that lesson.

Please transfer the fee for that lesson to Improve Grades and we will transfer the tutor’s fee to him/her.

Tutors are not authorized at any time to collect the payment on Improve Grades’s behalf.

Tuition fees are to be paid every 4 weeks to the tutor, unless otherwise agreed between the client and the tutor.


We will provide our bank account information for you to make payment via internet banking or ATM transfer directly to Improve Grades’s bank account.

If the client fails to pay us, Improve Grades reserves the right to terminate the Assignment. This is in fairness to the tutor, who might need to give the available slot to another client if this Assignment does not materialize.

Once the payment is received, it will be acknowledged in the form of a receipt, issued to the payer (Parent/Requestor/Guardian) via Whatsapp, sms, email or other electronic communications medium. We will also provide details of the Tuition Assignment that can include: tutor’s name, hourly fee, date of commencement of tuition, subject(s), level, duration of each lesson and frequency, etc.


Once the client accepts the tutor’s candidacy, the client will not be able to change the schedule of the First Lesson.

Clients are allowed to make changes in the schedule after the First Lesson is over. However, Improve Grades hopes that this is not necessary as the tutor has already reserved that slot of time for you.

If you want to make changes in the schedule, please consult with your tutor to ask if he/she is able to change the schedule or not.

The tutor is to bring his/her identity document, academic transcripts/certificates and relevant documents for the First Lesson for verification purposes.

If the tutor is unable to conduct the First Lesson of a tuition assignment, the tutor must call Improve Grades at least 3 business days before the actual lesson. If the tutor fails to notify Improve Grades of his/her cancellation/postponement, an administrative charge of S$30 will be imposed on him/her.

If the tutor fails to contact Improve Grades with a valid reason to inform us about the tutor’s absence from the lesson, the tutor’s profile at Improve Grades may be blacklisted. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


Tutors will conduct lessons at the student’s residence unless otherwise specified and agreed upon by both the client and the tutor.

If the client has a request for the tuition to be conducted at another location (eg a friend’s home), Improve Grades will ask if the tutor is able to accommodate the request.

Improve Grades and the tutor will not be responsible if the given location is occupied or not available for use for the lessons and the officially scheduled timings will still be counted as a paid lesson.


There is no obligation or contract to complete a fixed number of lessons, except for the First Lesson.

If at any time the client is not satisfied with the tutor, the client may request a replacement or termination. However, the client is responsible for paying the fee for the number of lessons given prior to termination.

Improve Grades will discuss separately with the client and the tutor regarding future tuition arrangements, and Improve Grades will change the tutor for the client. There will not be any extra charges for the change and the client needs to pay just for the tuition session(s) that have been conducted.

If the client cancels a tutoring assignment before the tutor completes the agreed number of lessons for the first 4 calendar weeks, Improve Grades assumes full claim to 50% of the tuition fees for the total number of lessons delivered in the month. For example, if the client had requested for 8 lessons per month, but the assignment was cancelled after the 5th session, Improve Grades will be paid pro-rated commission for the 5 lessons conducted.

Improve Grades will not be liable for any payment charges or issues arising from the cancellation of tuition assignments by the client.

If the client terminates the Assignment because the tutor is often late, skips lessons without valid explanations etc, the tutor will bear Improve Grades’s full commission fee.

If the tutor cancels the Assignment after confirming acceptance (that is, the client’s contact information and address have been given to the tutor), the tutor will need to compensate the commission which amounts to 50% of the fees payable (as stated in the confirmation Whatsapp, sms, email or other forms of electronic communications messages) for the first 4 weeks.

If the tutor wishes to cancel a Tuition Assignment before the end of the first 4 calendar weeks, the tutor is to inform both Improve Grades as well as the client at least 3 days before the next lesson date. Improve Grades will recover our legal share of the one-time commission of 50% of the fee for the first 4 calendar weeks from the tutor. Tutors are encouraged to have a long-term commitment as the clients have vested their trust in them.


The tutor will receive full or pro-rated payment for the number of lessons rendered, provided the tutor has complied with the Terms of this Agreement.

The client has the right to terminate the tuition if the tutor is unable to produce the documents certifying his/her credentials. In such cases, the tutor has to pay Improve Grades the amount of money equivalent to the tuition fee for the day, as commission.


Improve Grades is Singapore’s leading private tuition agency in Singapore. While we try to provide clients and tutors with the closest tutor match possible, we cannot guarantee a satisfying match. We hold no responsibility or liability for problems, unhappiness, or disputes that are a result of the tutor or client.

Improve Grades will not act as an arbitrator for any disagreements that arise between tutor and client.

However, Improve Grades may try to mediate whenever possible and reserves all rights to blacklist any party who is at fault. Improve Grades also reserves the right to terminate or deny services to any client or tutor (actual or potential) at any time.


Users shall indemnify Improve Grades, our subsidiaries, content contributors, sources, affiliates, officers, shareholders/directors, agents or other partners and employees, from all costs and expenses, claim, liabilities, (actual or consequential) of every kind and nature known and unknown, arising out of any use of the Website or Services.

Users acknowledge that Improve Grades is not liable for direct, indirect, consequential or any other form of loss or damage that may be suffered by any users through the use of the website including loss of data or information or any kind of financial or physical loss or damage.


References to “Our”, “Us”, “We” and “Improve Grades” shall be references to Improve Grades.

References to “You”, “Your” and “Users” shall mean references to user(s) visiting this web site, as the context requires, for any reason regardless of whether you have a registered account.

References to “Tutor” or “Tutors” shall be references to user(s) who have registered. He/She has explicitly stated his/her interest in receiving tutoring assignments.

References to “Client”, or “Clients” shall be references to user(s) who formally makes a request to engage Improve Grades’ services. He/She has explicitly stated his/her interest in hiring a tutor from us.

“First Month” refers to the first 4 weeks of active lessons, and is not based on the calendar month.

“Commission” refers to the amount Improve Grades levies for a successfully matched tuition assignment.


At the point of time which the contact details of the client or tutor(s) are given to either party, Improve Grades reserves all rights to collect the full commission. This is regardless of whether the tuition cancelled or postponed.


In view of the implementation of the recent Personal Data Protection Act, we require your explicit consent to contact you for tuition related matters. The client and the tutor explicitly agree to Improve Grades and our network contacting you via Whatsapp, phone call, sms and/or other electronic communications channels to conduct tuition matches. By registering with Improve Grades you have given us explicit consent to contact you through various electronic media, including Whatsapp, calling, and sms, etc.

Improve Grades is the leading private tuition agency in Singapore, and we have placed thousands of reliable tutors with students at all academic levels and subjects, across Singapore.

Our experience in knowing what works and what does not ensures that all you need to do is let us know your requirements and preference.

Tutor matching is free, and the referral fee is charged to the tutor.

Most of our tutors have been a part of our network for many years. Semester after semester, they guide our students through unexpectedly difficult exams, projects or assignments.

As Singapore’s leading private tuition agency, we are able to immediately tap on our expertise and network to recommend reliable and experienced professional tutors to you.

Tuition can start within this week.

Our expert tutors can help your child organize their time, prioritize the different assignments and sequence of knowledge, and develop critical thinking and time management skills.

Learn the correct study skills and academic content from Singapore’s leading private tuition agency.

While learning the content is very important to scoring higher grades, the attitude of tutors and their students plays a major role.

As Singapore’s leading private tuition agency, we are particularly careful about compatibility, because your child has no time to waste when you want to prepare him or her for better academic performance.

Improve Grades has a team of qualified tutors who specialize in teaching university and polytechnic level modules, for undergraduate students who need private tuition and are studying at NUS, NTU, SMU and universities with a presence in Singapore.

We are able to recommend the ideal tutor to you because the Improve Gradess in Singapore have joined our team.

Improve Grades is Singapore’s largest private tuition agency.

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  • Since 2012, our private tutors had taught students from each of the primary/secondary schools and junior colleges in Singapore. More than half of our students scored A’s for their school and national exams
  • We know how to teach you, so that your grades can improve within 4 lessons
  • All our pre-screened home tutors had scored A’s in the subject that they teach
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  • We asked 30 of our tutors who are/were senior MOE teachers to read and mark “model answers” that were purchased commercially. All of the teachers did not know the sources of the “model answers”, and close to 90% of the answers received C or B grades. You should therefore trust only your text books, and practice writing the answers either by yourself, with your parents/classmates, or with your tuition teacher
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  • Our tutors teach all academic levels and tracks – primary school (Gifted Education Programme), secondary school (Express, Integrated Programme and International Baccalaureate), junior college (H1, H2 and H3), as well as polytechnic and university undergraduate modules
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  • Within 6 hours after you have told us your requirements, we will show you between 4 to 10 profiles of tutors who had successfully helped their students’ grades improve
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  • This prevents the dangerous mistake of using irrelevant information when you answer exam questions

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  • Any knowledge gaps that you have can therefore be quickly and properly rectified, so that you do not make the same mistakes during the exams
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Accelerate your ability to give spot-on answers during important exams

Is there a "right" way to study? Yes. There is.
All of your classmates who scored an A at the recent school or national exams are studying correctly.
They have parents or home tutors who teach them how to understand content, revise, and answer the difficult exam questions.

Do you find yourself struggling to keep motivated when studying?

Maintaining the momentum to study for long periods of time can be difficult.

Whether you are a primary school student preparing for the all-important PSLE, or are in secondary school/JC trying to motivate yourself to complete your revisions for the GCE O/A Levels, figuring out how to stay focused and avoid distractions while studying are challenges that all of us face.

Experts from Improve Grades have compiled a list of 10 practical tools and proven techniques to help keep you focused on your learning, and to understand the progress you are making.

You will get the motivation that you need in order to keep working hard on your studies.

Every one of these techniques can be adapted to suit you and your learning preference and style.

We therefore encourage you to try out a few of them to see which methods benefit you the most.


One of the key motivations behind being able to stay focused while studying is to understand exactly why you want to study in the first place.

Your overall objective is “I want to do well in my exams”, and you need to be precise with the details of how you go about achieving it.

If you want to obtain a certain grade, write it down.

If you are aiming to attend a particular university, include that in your medium-term goals.

Anything that you can do to make your goals as vivid and real as possible will make them more impactful.

Some examples of goals that you may want to achieve can include:

“I want to achieve [insert grades] in my A-Levels so I can study [subject] at [insert name of dream university].”

“My close friends/cousins are aiming for [name of school/course]. I want to be with them, so I need to achieve similar grades.”

“I want to develop my [insert skill] so that I am better prepared for the workplace and can buy a BTO within 5 years after graduating from university.”

“I want to cultivate correct study habits. Exam questions are always very tricky, and I want to be able to answer as many exam questions as I can.”

Whatever your goals are, write each of them down and keep the list visible and prominently displayed near your workspace.

This way, you can remind yourself of your motivations for studying each time you feel that your concentration and enthusiasm are slipping.


Have you ever found yourself sitting down at your desk or table, opening your laptop and then thinking “now what?”

One of the most important components of helping you to stay focused on your studies and therefore achieve your goals is to create and implement a study schedule that helps you establish a routine.

At any time in our lives, not having a disciplined school timetable will lead us to inefficient ways of managing our time.

For some, a timetable has been a chance to fit in studying around a busy schedule of other commitments like enrichment lessons or CCA, while others who do not have a timetable have just simply struggled to manage their own time.

Setting a study timetable is an excellent way to track your progress towards your goals, establish a routine, as well as provide you with a sense of accomplishment at the end of your day of studies.

Therefore, even if you cannot always adhere to your scheduled daily routine, you know you can still add some productive predictability to your day when you have an organized study schedule.

Here are our top tips to make study schedule that fits in around your lifestyle:

A. Include all your goals/deadlines – Are you studying for upcoming exams? Or perhaps it is the school holidays now, and you just need an interim timetable until you return to school? Whatever your deadlines/objectives are, make sure you create a schedule with all these important dates in mind – it gives you a final date and goal to aim for;

B. Add in “play”’ time – One of the most important factors that help you to stay focused on your studies is to allow yourself a healthy study-life balance. Schedule regular breaks, days off, and free time in the evenings, so that you can have enough time to relax and recharge when doing the things you love;

C. Colour-code subjects and topics – Colour-coding your timetable is an effective way to ensure that you are spending enough time on each subject or topic. Highlighting each subject or topic in a different colour will help you – visually – see if you are actually balancing out your studying and revision in the ways that you ought to.


As well as creating a study schedule, it is also important to create a study routine that helps get your mind into the flow and focus of studying.

A good place to start is to create a pre-study routine, such as setting up your desk space, going for a brief walk around your neighbourhood, creating a daily to-do list, or doing a 10-minute yoga session to focus your mind.

Taking this time in these ways to set up your mind to be prepared for your studies will help you to physically prepare you for a study session.

It will also help to train your brain to recognise and transition into a focused state more effortlessly.

The more you practice these routines before sitting down to study, the more association your brain will have with needing to focus and motivate you.

As a result, you will use your time more effectively, spending less time trying to get into the flow of your work.

You’ll stay more focused during your set study times, ultimately resulting in a more effective and efficient learning session.


Once you have created your schedule and developed your pre-study routines to help you get into the mood for studying, you have to share your schedule with your family and close friends.

This helps you avoid being distracted during the moments when you want to focus on studying and revising.

There is also a greater benefit to sharing your schedule in this way: you’ll gain more accountability for your work.

By making a pre-commitment to your family and close friends about when you’ll be studying, you will be more likely to stick to your schedule.

It is just another way to help you stay focused and alert while studying.

Have a WhatsApp/Telegram group with your friends?

Encourage everyone to share screenshots of their study schedules so you know when not to message and distract each other.

Even better, see if you can try and negotiate some slots when your timetables are in sync, so you have set periods of free time to chat with one another.

This way, you can avoid getting distracted and not have to worry about missing out on any fun time together.


Did you know that, on average, it takes us 23 minutes to refocus on our work after being interrupted?

If – like most of us – you find yourself picking up your phone as soon as you see the screen flash, or checking your emails as a new alert pops up, you’ll know that phones, apps and websites can put an end to all of the productivity you need to have.

Turning off your notifications, or – even better – putting your electronic devices completely out of sight/on flight mode will help keep your mind away from all distractions and help you to stay focused on your studies.

According to a recent research project carried out by Harvard University, when we receive a social media notification, our brain sends the chemical dopamine along our reward pathways, making us feel good.

Dopamine is associated with all the things we love, including food, exercise, and gaming. And more recently, social media.

Over time, these dopamine highs become addictive, and we crave that positive feeling more.

This then causes our attention spans (for studying) to begin to shorten, as we find ourselves looking at our phones more and more.

Therefore, eliminating these transient “feel-good” distractions at periods of time when we need to focus can help us to train our brains to stay focused for longer periods of time.

It can also help us avoid becoming addicted to our smartphones and other electronic devices.

Of course, we can’t eliminate all distractions.

Sometimes, it can be easy enough to zone out and find yourself staring at the wall for a few moments.

But hiding anything that you associate with fun, relaxation, or socialising, will really help you to keep on-track and not get distracted.


The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method based on 25-minute stretches of focused work broken by five-minute breaks.

Longer breaks – typically 15 to 30 minutes – are taken after four consecutive work intervals.

Each work interval is called a pomodoro, the Italian word for tomato (plural: pomodori).

Its premise is very simple: select a task to work on, set a timer, work (completely uninterrupted) until it rings, and then take a short break.

Usually, it is recommended that you study for 25 minutes and have 5 minutes off, and then repeat until the task is completed.

But it really comes down to what works best for you.

It’s been found that short breaks increase our ability to concentrate, allowing your brain help to quickly restore its energy and focus, and then prepare for the next stint of focus time.

The Pomodoro Technique will ensure your overall study sessions are more focused and ultimately, effective.

But beyond helping you to stay motivated while studying, the Pomodoro Technique also gives you better awareness of the time it takes you to complete different tasks, allowing you to build a more effective study schedule.

You can count up how many “durations/slots” of studying you’ve completed in this way, and gain a more accurate judgement of how long it has actually taken.

Not convinced? Try timing yourself completing a task and see how long it takes.

Then, try completing a similar task using the Pomodoro Technique and see which method takes the least amount of time. You might just be surprised!

Remember, the key to the success of the Pomodoro Technique is to work straight through the targeted time duration, without interruption.

This means no replying to Instagram messages, no hopping off to watch TikTok.

Just straight-up study time.


Another great way to keep focused while studying is to regularly remind yourself of all the work you’ve completed so far.

Often, studying, especially at the start of a long stint of revision, can feel like a huge, tiring task.

However, if you can monitor your progress as you go, and keep a record of everything you’ve achieved, you should be able to remain focused – propelled by the sense of accomplishment.

There are two main reasons why tracking your task completion is so beneficial:

  1. It’s easy to monitor if you are meeting the objectives set out in your study schedule
  2. Seeing your progress is really important to boosting your morale and helping you to keep motivated

Sometimes, simply studying by itself can be an activity which is not always easy to measure.

However, if you keep track of all the tasks you’ve completed, you will have a much better idea of progression and how much closer you are moving towards your goals.

On top of this, you will be reminded of how productive you have been.

This will help in the long-term of keeping you focused on your studies and goals.


We know how beneficial exercise is for our physical health, but did you know the effects it can have on your brain, its ability to stay focused, and retain new information?

Studies have shown that regular exercise is not beneficial only for your body, but also your brain.

Research suggests that in the short-term, increasing blood flow to the brain with exercise can help you to improve your focus for up to two or even three hours!

Exercising regularly has been shown to improve our overall mood and sleep, while reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety – all of which can affect our cognitive function and ability to concentrate.

To start experiencing the benefits of exercise, begin with introducing a few brisk walks around your neighbourhood to get your heartrate up.

We suggest that you start with a short walk before a study session, to get the blood flowing to your brain, as well as during the day to stimulate you during moments when you might feel sluggish/sleepy.

Eventually, you can also look at running, or even start aerobics exercises.

Yoga can also be great at helping you to de-stress and stretch out at the end of the day, while activities like Pilates and weight-training can strengthen your core and other essential muscles.


When used correctly, giving yourself small but regular rewards can help you to stay focused while studying and maintain concentration for longer periods of time.

You can use this positive reinforcement while studying, by rewarding yourself whenever you meet a study goal, complete a particular project, or simply after spending a long period of time sitting at your desk working hard.

No matter what it is you are rewarding, the more you associate good outcomes with studying, the more motivated you will feel when you next sit down to study.

For them to be effective, rewards need to be something you enjoy.

Now, just because some of your friends may see a trip to the supermarket as a reward, others may see it as a chore.

Make sure you choose something that you really enjoy: this can be a day off at the end of a hard week, or a break to watch your favourite TV show at the end of the study session – so you are compelled to repeat the behaviour in the future.

One thing to keep in mind with rewards is the distinction between using internal and external rewards.

External rewards are physical things or experiences that you may rewards yourself to, such as a nice cup of tea, or a day off.

Meanwhile, internal rewards refer to a particular emotion or internal state of mind, such as feeling of pride after completing a particular piece of work.

Interestingly, psychological studies have found that if the long run, internal rewards are more effective than external rewards in motivating students to keep studying because you gain a chemical release from the task.

Therefore, as good as an external reward may be at helping you stay motivated, allow yourself to soak up all those positive feelings that are also associated with learning.


As with everything in life, you will discover that reviewing things is the best way to track progress and make improvements.

When it comes to checking in on your study goals and progress, you should fit time in to review and monitor how effective the tools and techniques you are using are at helping you to reach them.

The more effective your study tools are, the more motivated you will feel, and more likely to stay focused during your studies.

Taking five minutes at the end of each week, month, or even year, to review your habits, routines and progress can help you identify patterns in your workflow and optimise the areas which are not as beneficial as you would have hoped they may be.

Some students like to use SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis to monitor their strengths and weaknesses, while others like to run through every method they use and will have an intuition about whether it has been effective or not.

Of course, objectively, completing end of module tests and past papers can be another great way to see if your studying is working.

Marking yourself will help you to identify any areas for improvement, giving you a next set of goals to focus on.

Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children.

Getting bad grades in school, or not belonging to preferred groups of friends can make us feel isolated and lonely, and can increase stress and anxiety.

Stress occurs when you feel like the demands placed on you – such as school, or relationships – exceed your ability to cope.

It can be a reaction to a temporary situation, such as waiting for a bus that is already very late, or it can last a longer time if you’re dealing with problems in school or with relationships, the illness of a loved one, or other significant situations.

While some stress can be beneficial, such as stress that motivates you to perform well in a sporting event, untreated stress over the longer term is linked to serious health concerns including depression, heart disease, obesity, and a weakened immune system.

After a traumatic event, we may start to develop strong and lingering reactions.

We may go through any of these stages (not necessarily in this same order of occurrence):

  • Changes in appetite (eating much more or much less than usual)
  • Changes in quality of sleep (much shorter, much longer, and not enough deep, restful sleep. Increased frequency of nightmares)
  • Feelings of frustration, anger, sadness, disbelief, shock, numbness, anxiety, grief, nervousness, excessive worry, or depression
  • Difficulty in focusing and making decisions

Here are some healthy ways you can deal with stress:

  • Take breaks from watching, listening to or reading news stories. Reduce your time on social media. It is good to keep updated, but sometimes the latest developments in your friends’ lives or in your community might be upsetting. Consider limiting access to news and social media to just two or three times a day, and try to disconnect your mind from the phone, TV and electronic devices for a while. This can help you calm down
  • List the projects and commitments that are making you feel overwhelmed. Identify which commitments are priorities, and cut back on anything that is nonessential. Setting limits on nonessential obligations is important to reducing chronic stress
  • Try to do some activities that you enjoy. Make time to unwind
  • Find a distraction. Give yourself a break when you are feeling stressed out. Eat well-balanced meals, get enough sleep and find more ways to take better care of your physical and mental health
  • When you feel anxious, take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Find a comfortable place to sit and relax your neck and shoulders. Place one hand over your heart and the other across your belly. Inhale and exhale through your nose, paying attention to how your chest and stomach move as you breathe. Try doing this exercise 3 times a day for 5 minutes, or whenever you have overwhelming thoughts
  • Be nice to yourself, to those around you, and to those who need words of encouragement more than you do. Realizing you have the power to make someone’s day better can keep negative thoughts from taking over. It also gives you something productive to focus on instead of your seemingly never-ending stream of sad thoughts. It can be hard to start something new when you are overwhelmed by your thoughts. If finding a distraction feels daunting, try setting aside a small chunk of time – say 30 minutes – every day or every other day. Use this time to either explore potential distractions or dabble in existing ones
  • Cannot stop thinking about someone you envy? Instead of having it ruin your day, let these feelings help you make better choices. The next time you are visited by the green-eyed monster, be proactive and jot down ways you can go about reaching your goals. This will get help you channel your energy into taking actionable steps
  • The way you respond to your thoughts can sometimes keep you in a downward spiral of negativity and despondence. Look at yourself in the mirror and make a list of at least 10 achievements (big or small) that you had this past week, and note your role in them
  • Exercise regularly, even if the only thing you feel like doing is walking a maximum of 200 metres around your home. Just being out there with a new view – away from the physical environment that is causing you to feel anxious – can often be enough for your tired mind to take a much-needed break. A brisk walk or other aerobic activity can increase your energy and concentration levels, and lessen feelings of anxiety. Physical activity increases your body’s production of good-feeling endorphins and decreases the production of stress hormones
  • Talk to others. Sometimes, even a short chat with a complete stranger or a trusted friend/relative can lift our moods
  • Look at the bigger picture. How will all the issues floating around in your mind affect you 5 or 20 years from now? Will anyone still really care that you forgot to buy enough ice for the lemon tea for the class party? Don’t let minor issues turn into significant hurdles.

When some of us were still students, we intensely hated studying with an almost physical passion.

It was extremely hard just to sit down and open a text book.


Because it seemed so pointless. We knew that no matter how many times we read the text book, we would remember almost nothing.

And re-reading over and over and over again in the hope something will stick was just … painful.

It wasn’t until years later that we discovered what an incredible memory that we all have.

The problem was not that we had a “bad” memory – we had just never been taught how to use what we had.

Let us now go through some concrete steps of how you can memorize better, and how you can pay closer attention even when you don’t enjoy the subject or topic:


Memory is not a physical part of your brain.

It’s a mental function or a skill that can be learned and improved.

Think about this: If you have never learned to ride a bicycle, why should you be surprised when you keep falling over?

Therefore, if you have never learned proper memorization techniques, why should you expect to remember anything quickly and effectively?

Memory is a skill.

Learning to ride a bicycle does not require a miracle.

Neither does the ability to remember and memorize better.


The 3 R’s of Remembering are:


Most people rely on their “unconscious” memory.

They do not intentionally do anything in their mind to memorize new things – they just hope they will be able to remember it almost by magic.

The 3 R’s are simple to understand, but it is better to think of memorization in an even simpler way: Memorization is about building connections between pieces of information in your mind.

The important words are “building connections”:

We like this explanation: first, because you cannot build something without thinking about it. You have to take intentional action.

Second, that action has to be focused on creating a connection or link, a bit like building a bridge.

To memorize super-effectively you need to keep practicing the 3 R’s until they become daily habits, and consciously or intentionally build connections using some specific memory techniques.


Back in 1885, Hermann Ebbinghaus created the “Forgetting Curve” that demonstrates the concept of how we forget information.

After we learn something, it naturally starts to fade from our memory over time.

We can stop this decline by reviewing or refreshing the information in our mind.

If we review again and again, the strength of the memory is increased, and its “decay” is slowed down.

By strategically spreading out the time between review sessions, you can review the same information less often but still strengthen your knowledge and memory.



Things that make sense are easier to remember than those that don’t.

For example, “chicken rice” is easier to remember than “ecir nekcihc”.

If new information is meaningless or confusing, a good memory technique will start by adding meaning to the concept.

Rearranging the letters “ecir nekcihc” to “chicken rice” would certainly do that.


Information needs to be well organized in your mind to be easily accessible.

Think about finding content that you need to access in say, Chapter 7 of your Science book, or a word in a dictionary.

You can easily navigate around and find what you need because there already exists an organized, predictable system.


Association is about connecting or linking new information to knowledge or facts you already have stored in your head.

A simple example is how we remember the difference between ‘”your” and “you’re”.

We think of your pencil because the pencil belongs to you.

We think of how you are feeling because you just said that you’re feeling great now that you can remember things better.


Human memory is predominantly visual. Images are fundamentally more memorable than words.

If you close your eyes and remember some childhood memories – favourite hobbies, your best friends whom you would always meet during recess, or anything at all – you will notice that you use visual images to recall each of those details in your memory.

Visual memory is incredibly powerful.


The final basic principle of learning and memorization is Attention.

Obviously, you can’t remember something if you don’t want to learn it in the first place.

This is where lack of attention comes in.

The biggest reason people “forget” anyone’s name is because they did not want to pay attention when they were first introduced to each other.

If they had been paying attention, they certainly would remember that person’s name!

According to researchers at Harvard University, the best brain foods are the same types of food that also protect your heart and blood vessels.

These include the following:

Green, leafy vegetables. Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collards, and broccoli are rich in brain-healthy nutrients like vitamin K, lutein, folate, and beta carotene. Research suggests these plant-based foods may help slow cognitive decline.

Fatty fish. Fatty fish are abundant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, healthy unsaturated fats that have been linked to lower blood levels of beta-amyloid – the protein that forms damaging clumps in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Try to eat fish at least twice a week, but choose varieties that are low in mercury, such as salmon, cod, canned light tuna, and pollack. If you are not a fan of fish, ask your doctor about taking an omega-3 supplement, or choose terrestrial omega-3 sources such as flaxseeds, avocados, and walnuts.

Berries. Flavonoids, the natural plant pigments that give berries their brilliant hues, also help improve memory, research shows. A study done by researchers at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that women who consumed two or more servings of strawberries and blueberries each week delayed memory decline by up to two-and-a-half years.

Walnuts. Nuts are excellent sources of protein and healthy fats, and one type of nut in particular might also improve memory. A 2015 study from UCLA linked higher walnut consumption to improved cognitive test scores. Walnuts are high in a type of omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Diets rich in ALA and other omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to lower blood pressure and cleaner arteries. That’s good for both the heart and brain.”

Our goal as students is not just to reach 90 or 100 years of age, but to remain mentally sharp throughout our exams and careers.

We want to keep our brains healthy, reduce the risk of debilitating brain disease, and to say mentally fit throughout our lives.

As the control center of your body, the brain is in charge of keeping our heart beating, and lungs breathing. The brain allows us to move, feel, and think.

Research has shown that these are effective aids that give us much mental stamina and memory boosts:


Fatty fish is an excellent food for the brain.

Fatty fish includes salmon, trout, albacore tuna, herring, and sardines, all of which are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

About 60% of our brain is made of fat, and a good portion of that fat in the gray matter within our brains is comprised of omega-3 fatty acids.

Our brains use omega-3 acids to build brain and nerve cells, and these fats are essential for learning, decision-making, emotions, and sharpening memory.

Other additional benefits to our brain include possibly slowing age-related decline, and probably delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Some studies have shown that omega-3 deficiency in the diet might lead to learning impairments and depression.

Generally, eating fish – whether the fish is loaded with omega-3 or not – seems to have positive health benefits.

Some research also suggests that people who eat fish regularly tend to have more gray matter in their brains.

Gray matter contains most of the nerve cells that control decision making, memory, and emotion.

Overall, fatty fish is an excellent choice for brain health.


Blueberries and other deeply colored berries deliver anthocyanins, a group of plant compounds with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Antioxidants guard against both oxidative stress and inflammation, conditions that can contribute to brain aging and neurodegenerative diseases.

Some of the antioxidants in blueberries have been found to accumulate in the brain and help improve communication between brain cells.

According to one review of 11 studies, blueberries could help improve memory and certain cognitive processes in children and older adults.

Try sprinkling them over your breakfast cereal, adding them to a smoothie, or enjoying them fresh, as a simple snack.


Broccoli is packed with powerful plant compounds, including antioxidants. The nutrients found in broccoli may help protect the brain against damage.

Very high in vitamin K, this fat-soluble vitamin is essential for forming sphingolipids, a type of fat that is densely packed into brain cells.

A few studies in older adults have linked a higher vitamin K intake to better memory and cognitive status.


Pumpkin seeds contain powerful antioxidants that protect the body and brain from free-radical damage.

They are also an excellent source of magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper – all of which are important for brain health:

Zinc. This element is crucial for nerve signaling. Zinc deficiency has been linked to many neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and Parkinson’s disease.

Magnesium. Magnesium is essential for learning and memory. Low magnesium levels are linked to many neurological conditions that include migraine, depression, and epilepsy.

Copper. Our brain uses copper to help control nerve signals. And when copper levels are out of control, there is a higher risk of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s.

Iron. Iron deficiency is often characterized by brain fog and impaired brain function.


According to one study involving over 900 people, those who ate chocolate more frequently performed better in a series of mental tasks, including some involving memory, compared with those who rarely ate it.

Chocolate is also a mood booster, according to research.

However, it is still not clear whether that is because of compounds in the chocolate or simply because the tasty flavor makes people happy.

Dark chocolate and cocoa powder are packed with a few brain-boosting compounds, including flavonoids, caffeine, and antioxidants.

Dark chocolate has a 70% or greater cocoa content.

These benefits are not seen with regular milk chocolate, which contains between 10 to 50% cocoa.

Flavonoids are a group of antioxidant plant compounds.

The flavonoids in chocolate gather in the areas of the brain that deal with learning and memory.

Researchers believe that these compounds may enhance memory and also help slow down age-related mental decline.

  1. NUTS

Research has shown that eating nuts can improve hearth health.

Having a healthy heart is closely linked to having a healthy brain.

A 2014 study found that women who ate nuts regularly over the course of several years had a sharper memory compared with those who did not eat nuts.

Several nutrients in nuts, such as healthy fats, plant compounds, antioxidants, and vitamin E, may explain their beneficial effects on brain health.

Vitamin E protects cells against free-radical damage to help slow mental decline.

While all nuts are good for your brain, walnuts may have an extra edge, since they also deliver anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.


You can get almost all the vitamin C you need in a day by eating one medium-sized orange.

We can also get high amounts of vitamin C from other foods like bell peppers, guava, kiwi, tomatoes, and strawberries.

Vitamin C is a key factor in preventing mental decline.

According to one study, having higher levels of vitamin C in the blood was associated with improvements in tasks involving focus, memory, attention, and decision speed.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight off the free radicals that can damage brain cells.

Also, vitamin C supports brain health as we age and may protect against conditions like major depressive disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

  1. EGGS

Eggs are a good source of vitamins B6 and B12, folate, choline and several other nutrients linked to brain health.

These nutrients may help slow the progression of mental decline in older adults by lowering levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that could be linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Also, being deficient in two types of B vitamins – folate and B12 – has been linked to depression, dementia and age-related mental decline.

Vitamin B12 is also involved in synthesizing brain chemicals and regulating sugar levels in the brain.

Choline is an important micronutrient that our body uses to create acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and memory.

Eating eggs is an easy way to get choline, given that egg yolks are among the most concentrated sources of this nutrient.

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