If you’ve ever had to work through noise, you will know how difficult it can be. When revising children need a peaceful environment where they can focus and concentrate on their studies. This should ideally be away from the busier zones of the house such as the living room and kitchen, and hallways that have a lot of foot fall. If a separate study space is not an option, there are a plethora of ways that you can create a suitable area for your child. Below are some tips from an independent school in Surrey.
Space is key when deciding on a study space as children need ample room to move around freely, lay out their notes and store their work. If you have an additional room in your house, we’d highly recommend creating a separate study room where you can create the perfect atmosphere for studying and your child can stay organised. As highlighted above, this should be somewhere free from noise and distractions.
If the above isn’t an option however, we’d recommend looking at means of noise cancellation such as headphones they can use for their studies.
Another factor to consider is lighting. A gloomy and dark room isn’t the most inviting or motivating and can lead to strain on the eyes. Natural lighting is the best, but if you don’t have many windows, we’d recommend that you have a look at lighting solutions such as desk lamps to help keep their space illuminated.
While devices of course can be a major source of distraction, children should still have some sort of access to technology as it is needed for studying. To get around this you will need to look for solutions, such as device restrictions on their desktop/laptop and screen time limits.
If they don’t have access to a computer or devices in their study room, you should add a clock so that they can tell the time and manage it effectively.
The most important thing they will need is a desk. They will need somewhere they can sit down comfortably, lay out their notes and work for prolonged periods of time.
A wall calendar is an excellent way for children to manage and prioritise their work. It allows them to see how far they are in relation to their deadlines, whether there will be any conflict and plan their studies accordingly.
Of course, children need plenty of stationary to take notes and complete their work.
These are just a few tips for setting up a study space. Remember whilst creating this study zone to consider your child and involve them as after all, this will be their study space and where they spend their time. Ask them for their take on things, such as the colours you opt for and what they will need to get themselves organised. Everyone’s brain works differently and while you may prefer having everything filed away, they may prefer more visual solutions.