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How to Make a Stellar Study Space at Home for Your Student
Students do a lot of learning in their home environment, which makes it important to have a good study space. As a parent, you may not think much about the study environment, but for students, it can make all the difference.
Study spaces can take on a lot of different forms, so finding one that works for your space and your student is crucial. Here are some key steps you can take to create a stellar study space:
Evaluate the noise
A study space should be quiet and free from distraction, both audibly and visibly. Find an area of your home that doesn’t have a lot of foot traffic or distracting items (like your TV, video games, etc.). Make sure it doesn’t serve as another living area either; while kitchen tables can provide good work space, they’re not ideal if there’s a lot of commotion in the kitchen.
You may also want to consider eliminating all or some electronics in a study space. While music can be helpful to the study process, social media accounts may not be. Limit screen time that doesn’t directly relate to studying.
Comfort is key
A good study space is one in which your student feels comfortable. Depending on his or her specific needs, you might opt for a table, desk, TV tray, or whiteboard as workspace. Throw in some comfortable seating, a pair of earphones, and a supply of office essentials, and you’re all set.
Make sure that your student has a say in the setup—if he or she helps to build the space, your child may be more likely to spend productive time studying in it. And you never know how invested your child might get! He or she may want to hang photographs or inspirational quotes, stock some favorite snacks, or leave a few books nearby.
A good study space is typically organized in some way, and helping your student keep everything in line in this space may help him or her keep everything in line regarding school work.
Make sure there’s an agenda or calendar in the space, as well as a whiteboard or large pad of paper. Sticky notes are great for reminders and placeholders, and they’re great for flashcards as well.