We’re not all lucky enough to have an empty guest bedroom at home that we can set up to form a home office for studying and other work. However, when considering a study space for your child, there are a few important factors to think about to make it work, even if it’s just in a corner of another room in the house. Here are some top tips from a private school in North London.
Where possible, try and set up the desk near a window to make use of natural light, as this isn’t as harsh on the eyes. It has also been proven to improve brin function. Poor lighting, especially when reading or using a computer, can lead to eye strain and headaches, which won’t result in good quality work. Your child will also need a comfortable chair that is an appropriate height, so they don’t have to bend their wrists unnaturally or slouch when studying. Again, this will just lead to aches and pains.
Ensure the surrounding area is nicely organised, without any clutter, so that your child can concentrate on their schoolwork rather than any mess. They should also have all of the relevant study supplies within arms reach so that they don’t have to waste time looking for a textbook or piece of stationery. You might need to invest in a bookshelf or some storage boxes to keep everything in order.
The study space should also be free of any distractions, like a TV or games consoles. Your child needs to be able to give their full attention to their schoolwork, otherwise it will take twice as long and won’t be anywhere near as thorough. There should be quite an obvious distinction between your child’s study space and leisure space. The rest of the family should be respectful of your child when they’re studying and allow them to concentrate.
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