How to Set Up an Effective Study Space for Your Child

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By setting up the perfect study environment for your child to complete their schoolwork, you can help to improve their ability to concentrate and essentially contribute towards their overall academic success. An junior school in Surrey has put together the following guidance to help parents create an effective study space for their child at home, which is especially helpful during the global pandemic, whilst many schools are still closed. 

Make sure that your child isn’t studying and relaxing in the same place. In other words, it is far better for them to do homework up at a table, rather than on the sofa. This supports the distinction between the two, and makes it easier for them to focus when they are studying.

If you’re lucky enough to have a spare bedroom, then this would be a great place to set-up a study area for your child. Unfortunately, though, not everyone has the extra space in their home. Regardless of whether you are setting up a desk in your living room or even just using the dining table as a study area, you will need to ensure that there’s nothing around that might distract your child. Interruptions from the rest of the family should also be kept to a minimum.

What’s more, the space will need to be neat and tidy. An organised and comfortable workspace is key to a productive study session. On the other hand, a cluttered desk can make your child feel uncomfortable and inattentive. It would be wise to add some storage boxes or folders to their desk area to help them keep their workspace in an orderly condition.

Lighting is also an important consideration. As well as brightening up the room, research has concluded that natural light improves brain function, keeping you alert and therefore supporting productivity. Try to set up your child’s desk as close to a window as possible and plan their study time when they will benefit most from the daylight. If this is not an option, make sure they are taking regular breaks so that they don’t suffer with eye strain or headaches.

You might need to establish some rules when it comes to your child’s study environment. For instance, there should be no mobile phones or games consoles in the area. Prepare a schedule so that your child knows when they should be working and when they can relax and play.

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