Here are tips for creating the ideal study space.
School is well underway, as are homework, quizzes, tests, and grades. In fact, many students have reached or are just hitting the end of that first quarter marking period that’s a telling sign of just how their academic success for the year is going so far. Some kids are on a steady course and need to keep up the good work.
For others, this time of year might be a wake up call that they have to get to work. And that doesn’t necessarily mean to work harder—just better in how they approach homework, studying and overall academic attitude. An ideal study space goes a long way to do that.
Creating the ideal study space will be different for different students. There are those who need to work in total quiet with no distractions, while other kids tend to focus better when there is activity around them. Some students might do well in the cocoon of their room, yet others see their room and immediately want to take a nap. For students who do most homework on a computer, there needs to be an electrical outlet for charging nearby. If a student is one to spread out paperwork and such, a large work surface is key. Because creating the ideal study space is an individual project, there are certain key ingredients to keep in mind.
Top 4 Tips for Creating the Best Study Space
- A good environment. Make sure the space your student chooses, whether their bedroom, the attic or the kitchen table, suits their personality. If they need to be out of the way of normal household commotions in order to focus, take that into account. Or, if they like to hear what’s going on and will likely wander from a quieter spot in order to engage, consider that as well.
- Stocked with supplies. When a student is prepared, their frustration or stress value goes down. If, for instance, your child is rethinking a math problem, but has to spend 10 minutes searching for a pencil with an eraser before he or she can make a second attempt, that is time and effort wasted. It’s important to have a stash of pens, pencils, erasers, calculator, ruler, sticky notes and whatever else is required on hand. A comfy place to sit (not too comfy that it allows napping) is of utmost importance too.
- Take away distractions. Set up rules that dictate a time and a place—away from study space—for items like phones, mp3 players, game stations, televisions and more.
- Comfort zone. Make things available for the space that will help them feel calm or energized—whatever works for your child. Have a place for them to plug in their music (and not from a phone that could be a distraction), choose a spot where they can light a candle or snack while working.
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