Considering schools across the UK and other parts of the world are currently closed, it’s important for children to have a well-designed study space at home where they can complete their work.
It takes more than a desk and a chair to form a productive environment for learning and parents will have to put in a little bit of effort in order to help their kids. Here are some tips from an independent girls’ school in Leatherhead.
Firstly, it’s important to make sure that the study space is clean and tidy as it will be difficult for your child to focus if the environment is in disarray.
You might have to invest in some storage boxes and bookshelves as a way to keep things neat and organised, but it will be worth it for more effective studying. What’s more, it will help your child feel more in control if they know where everything is stowed away and they won’t have to waste precious study time searching for missing books or stationery.
Another important element of a decent study space is the lighting.
If possible, try and set up the desk near a window so that there is plenty of natural light. Unfortunately, artificial lighting is more likely to result in eye strain and headaches. Not only is this unpleasant, it will also reduce productivity.
If artificial lighting is your only option, make sure your child takes plenty of breaks so rest their eyes.
It goes without saying that the study space should be free from all types of distractions, otherwise your child won’t be able to concentrate.
For instance, it should be away from the TV and any video games consoles, and should be nice and quiet. Of course, this isn’t always possible; we don’t all have home offices where we can send our kids to do their schoolwork.
However, as long as you stick to as many of the above tips as possible, there shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
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