I hope you’re all well and enjoying summer!
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.
A study environment for children or adults plays a huge role in their ability to learn and retain information. For children it can mean the difference between acing their school exams or really struggling with studying. A Prep School in Middlesex have put together the following advice, tips and tricks for parents who want to create a suitable environment in their home for their children, which will help them perform better in school.
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.
Don’t forget about storage! Your child will need a place to keep their books and notes organised, in a filing cabinet, book shelf or just the drawers in their desk. Without some form of storage, they will never be able to find anything and will probably waste important study time searching for things through messy piles.
Your child could be spending considerable amounts of time in the same position. So it is important to ensure that the seat and desk are at the right height and layout for optimum comfort. This will avoid any back or neck aches creeping up and causing discomfort.
Try to avoid too many distractions and be careful not to make the space to pleasant for them, as they won’t want to do any work. For instance, setting them up in the same room as their PlayStation or TV isn’t a good way to get them focussed. Their new workspace should be a mobile phone free zone. Of course, they may need a computer or tablet to access certain information, but this should only be used for educational purposes and not to play games.