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What Does A Great Study Space Look Like?
There are certain factors that create a space ready for learning to take place. Let's get practical!
A child's study space is critical to their ability to learn effectively.

Each of our children are different, and the way they learn is different. What may suit one child may only distract another.

Here are some tips to help you, as the parent, set up a great learning environment for your child!

  • Assign a specific place and a regular time
    Set a time that you know works best for you and your child, they need a space of time that allows them to think and not be stressed. It could be they sit at the dining table while you are cooking tea, or at a certain time they go to their room and study.Whenever it is, slot it in around your other commitments and keep to it. Make it easy on yourself-if there is a favorite program don't fight that-it could be a reward for doing their homework or an agreement that they start straight after. Be realistic. This sets up great habits for later.

  • Know your child
    Do they study better in a quiet room or listening to quiet music in the background? Ask your child what they think works best for them, then as the parent you can evaluate if it is working. It is important that your child feels a sense of ownership as well.

  • Refueling
    Are they going to do their homework when they first get home from school, or do they need a break and a snack before sitting down? I personally believe that children need a small breathing space, they have been studying all day and they have not eaten since lunchtime. Depending on your after school commitments, I allow a half hour of blobbing and refueling time. Give some great snacks like fruit, nuts, tomatoes, oatmeal muffins or would you believe, a little bit of chocolate-to boost their brain power.

  • TURN THE TV OFF!
    or any other distracting device. That is all. :)

  • Be comfortable
    Is the table or desk the right size for your child? Ideally your child should be able to rest their elbows easily on it. It should size up to somewhere between their waist and below their rib-cage when sitting.What about the chair? Try to avoid the swivel and tilt chair, make sure your child can place both feet comfortably on the ground while studying.

  • Let there be Light!
    Having a well-lit area for doing homework is super important- weak light tires you out more quickly and isn't good for your eyes. If possible, make sure the study space is near a window. You could set up a desk lamp that will be bright enough to see all the books clearly.

    DID YOU KNOW? The lamp should be to the left of right-handed person and to the right of a left-handed person.

  • Clear the clutter
    The area in which your child is doing their homework should be clear of clutter, including the desk or table. A clear area gives a clear mind. The less distractions the better.

  • Get organised
    Stock the study area with everything your child could need for their homework: pencils, pens, rubber, ruler, maths tools, paper, glue, scissors, dictionary, thesaurus etc.If your child does their homework at the table then have a 'Toolbox' stocked with everything they need. Have your child decorate the toolbox as this makes it something special for them, and store it somewhere they can easily reach.

    Getting the study space organised and ready to go, having the 'Toolbox' handy, breaks down the stress and lets your child know what is expected of them. Talking over these points with your child lets them feel valued and that they have a say in how homework happens. Making homework a positive experience creates habits that will see them through a lifetime of learning. Stay calm, stay focused and be supportive.
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