Back To School During This Pandemic For Graduating Students

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It’s back to school season again! For students already feeling overwhelmed by the new academic year during the pandemic, especially our graduating cohorts, fret not! 

Tutopiya is here ease your worries and anxieties with these tips!

Here are some tips to help our graduating students glide back to school smoothly during this pandemic. 

Here’s a quick summarised infographic of the points that will be touched on. 



1 – Be prepared for more frequent HBLs in term 3

Back to school has never felt so different before with safety distancing measures in place and the compulsory mask-wearing t all times.

Students never thought one day school would be mostly home-based until the pandemic happened. 

For the new academic year, schools will reopen fully with most co-curricular activities (CCAs) and school activities allowed, and higher-risk activities suspended or limited to a smaller group cap.

According to the Straits Times, Schools will conduct home-based learning (HBL) for students for at least two days a month, starting from the third term of next year. 

This is so that it becomes part of the new normal, coronavirus pandemic or not. 


This change will affect all Secondary and Junior College students. 

2 – Take notes of important dates 

Noting important school dates, terms and holidays will help you to plan ahead in due time for your national examinations at the end of the year. 

For Primary and Secondary students

School Terms

Semester 1
Term 1Monday 4 Jan to Friday 12 March
Term 2 Monday 22 March to Friday 28 May

Semester 2
Term 3Monday 28 June to Friday 3 September
Term 4Monday 13 September to *Friday 19 November

School Holidays 

Semester 1
Between Terms 1 and 2Saturday 13 March to Sunday 21 March
Between Semesters 1 & 2Saturday 29 May to Sunday 27 June

Semester 2
Between Terms 3 & 4Saturday 4 September to Sunday 12 September
At the End of School YearSaturday 20 November to Friday 31 December

For JC students

School Terms

Semester 1
Year 1Year 2
Term 1Friday 29 January to Friday 12 MarchMonday 11 January to Friday 12 March
Term 2 Monday 22 March to Friday 28 May

Semester 2
Year 1Year 2
Term 3Monday 11 January to Friday 12 March
Term 4Monday 13 September to Friday 26 NovemberMonday 13 September to end of ‘A’-Level exams

School Holidays 

Semester 1
Year 1Year 2
Between Terms 1 and 2Saturday 13 March to Sunday 21 March
Between Semesters 1 & 2Saturday 29 May to Sunday 27 June

Semester 2
Year 1Year 2
Between Terms 3 and 4Saturday 4 September to Sunday 12 September
At the End of School YearSaturday 27 November to Friday 31 DecemberEnd of ‘A’ Level exams to 31 December

Scheduled school holidays for 2021

Youth DaySunday, 4 July

(The following Monday, 5 Jul 2021 will be a scheduled school holiday)

Day after National DayTuesday, 10 August
Teachers’ DayFriday, 3 September
Children’s Day

(for primary schools and primary sections of full schools only)

Friday, 8 October

You can also view the whole list on the official MOE site here.

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3 – Planning ahead for back to school

Planning ahead of time will not only help you get a better sense of what the academic semester or year will look like but also mentally prepared you for what is going to approach! 

This is extremely crucial for our graduating students since you will most likely be cramming revisions and making more time for tuition consultation and tutor consultations. 

Tutopiya has curated our very own planner printables for our students to use, visit the page to find the link to download! 

What better way to start the year right by organising your school calendar and planning things out ahead of time! 


4 – The back to school game plan 

With the pandemic ongoing, our students have found ways to keep themselves motivated and energised during this period to keep their heads up and continue to push hard for their studies. 

Finding a study buddy! 

Many students find themselves more motivated to study when they have study buddies. 

Find your friends to study together (but of course with safe distancing measures) or alternatively, you can video call your friends at home and study ‘together’!

Finding the right study space

The school would still encourage students to head back home after they are done with school for the day. However, Tutopiya knows that it is not everybody’s cup of tea to study at home. 

Here’s a list of some study places you can head to during Phase 3. 


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5 – Building mental stamina to keep going! 

Back to school planning should not just be about the first few weeks of school. 

Graduating students have to be conscious about not burning out too soon and be able to sustain themselves all the way up till their nationals. 

Start by creating positive study habits for this back to school season to keep yourself going for the rest of the year! 

Here’s how you can increase your productivity level and keep going! 

In a nutshell

This is not going to be an easy year for our graduating cohort students again but Tutopiya believes every student have the ability to succeed! 

Tutopiya also offers Live Online Tuition for students aged 7 to 20. Graduating students are more than welcomed to experience a FREE live online tuition with our experienced school teachers and full-time tuition teachers. 

Simply fill up the trial form and be contacted by our friendly staffs asap! 

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” 

Welcome back to school students!


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