One of the keys to academic success for your child is to provide them with a productive study area at home. You can turn any space within the child’s bedroom, playroom or dorm room into an efficient and organized study area with a little planning.
- Pick an area and a desk.
Find a smooth surface with room for your student to spread out study materials. Select a chair that is comfortable and that has good back support. And don’t forget to consider adequate lighting.
- Limit potential distractions.
Implement a phone and television-free zone to reduce temptation. Especially if the study zone is in a high traffic area of the home institute a firm study time where everyone in the family respects the student’s time to study.
- Create a schedule.
Establish a scheduling system at the beginning of the school year. Use a large monthly calendar and place it near the study area. Have your student list items such as due dates, exams and social events.
- Set up a filing system.
Develop a filing system that will go along with the calendar. Whether it is color-coded or not just make sure it is simple and easy to use. Example files would be project files, completed assignments, grades, reference materials, receipts, etc.
- Keep the area clutter-free
While you want to have supplies and references at hand clutter can cause distractions and can cost valuable study time if your student is constantly looking for items. Have enough room to adequately store books and supplies so they are accessible yet out of the way. Use baskets and bins to keep things tidy.
Implementing these tips can help provide a great atmosphere for studying.