5 Things to Do During Your Recess Week

Excited that it’s coming but have no idea what to do during recess week? Fret not. Here are five things you can to do during your recess week break!

1. Catch up on your beauty sleep. 

Why fall asleep on your notes in school when you can fall asleep on a comfy bed at home?

Sleep appears mundane at first glance, but there’s more to the snooze than just a boring snore. Following a period of sleep, memories are actually less fuzzy! In fact, studies have shown that sleep is important for the maintenance of normal levels of cognitive skills such as speech, memory and flexible thinking. That might mean the difference between an A and a B+ on your next assignment!

So make full use of this short break to refuel before the gruelling semester ahead.


2. Binge watch your favourite TV series.

And probably binge-eat along with your movie marathon too
And probably binge-eat along with your movie marathon too

Clueless about what to watch? Or have you already run out of shows? Here’s what I’d recommend:



This psychological thriller will get your heart pumping. What’s more, with just 12 episodes, this anime can be easily completed within the break.



For all Korean drama fans out there, this hot new drama is a must-see. A combination of crime, thriller and romance, this drama will keep you at the edge of your seat.

If you’re in need of a good laugh yet tremble at the thought of committing to an entire series (the horror!), here are some good old comedy shows for you:

Impractical Jokers


Four friends play practical jokes on unsuspecting strangers in a hidden camera format. With a whole ton of episodes and new videos coming out regularly, you won’t run out of entertainment.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon


From silly games with celebrity guests to readings of humorous tweets, this show will definitely tickle your funny bone.


3. Get a temporary job. 

University is not cheap, why not make use of this time for a few extra dollars to fund your education/bingsu addiction?

Gotta get the dough for the scroll
Gotta get the dough for the scroll

Ad-hoc event management jobs, warehouse assistant jobs, freelancing- you name it, you got it. These jobs usually pay very well and require little commitment.

4. Hop on a plane for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of student life


Home to one of the world’s largest religious monument, Angkor Wat, Cambodia is a great destination to be humbled and awed by the richness of their history and culture.

Angkor Wat, a symbol of history and culture
Angkor Wat, a symbol of history and culture


Lounge under the sun with a good book and a cold beverage; nothing screams “chill” more than a beach getaway to Bintan.

Soft sand, clear seas, sunny skies – the perfect recipe for relaxation
Soft sand, clear seas, sunny skies – the perfect recipe for relaxation


If shopping is your cardio, Bangkok will be the paradise for you. Home to thriving night markets, get your fashion fix and unleash your gluttonous side right here at the bustling capital of Thailand!

Shop till you drop!
Shop till you drop!

For the poor ones, like most of us, fear not. There is still hope; refer to Number…

5. Revise for your midterms.

Rihanna knows what’s up

Let’s face it. Recess week, unlike the holidays, is a short break to catch up on readings, tutorial activities and webcasted lectures. Way more important especially if you have a midterm looming just around the corner.

Can’t study at home? Here are some places in NUS for you to camp at:

Central Library

One of the more popular study spots, seats can be snapped up pretty quickly so be prepared to chope them fast. May the best ‘choper’ win.

Benches around school

They’re perfect if you like to engage in chit-chat with your friends during the occasional study break – you don’t have to be all hushed and quiet as people in the library.

ERC at UTown

With personal “cubicles” and a cooling air-conditioned environment, this location tops the list for privacy and conduciveness for efficient mugging.

Go early to chope your favourite seat! You’d be surprised how packed some of these places can be, even during the holidays.

What’s your favourite thing to do during your recess week? Let us know in the comments section below or on our Facebook page! 🙂

Soh Yu Ting
Yu Ting is a Psychology and Life Science student. In her free time, she enjoys doodling, speed-watching her Korean dramas and scouring through Tumblr for the best memes in the world.