Successful studying in your child’s room

First of all, the quality of study will be impacted by the space in which your child will be studying. It must make them feel comfortable, no matter its size, arrangement or décor. Their entire focus should be on learning and allowing them to feel secure enough in a designated space is the key to success. They need to withdraw from the world for a while in order to do this. They need inspiration to study.

Other important factors are that the space is well-lit and well-ventilated. Make sure that you are available to them in case they hit stumbling blocks and need to ask a question. Let the rest of your family know that this is “study time” and keep the noise levels down as well as not allowing anyone to go in the room to distract them. Setting a timer might also be a good idea but make sure it isn’t one that clicks. Giving them breaks will help ease the study time. Make sure they have all the supplies they need in the desk drawers or on an open bookcase near their desk. These might include pencils, erasers, markers, crayons, stapler, tape, glue, construction paper and loose-leaf paper.

A bookcase will give your child an area to keep his supplies, as well as dictionaries, thesauruses, reference books and even a set of encyclopedias. You can set up “in” and “out” boxes on them to keep track of his progress and completed assignments. Also aiding in this would be to set up a dry-erase board or chalkboard. Along with your child, mark the assignments and dates they are due on the boards. As they are completed, they can be marked off. This will give your child a great sense of accomplishment. Monitoring will not only ensure that the assignments are done but also involves you with your child’s education which helps them have a sense of pride and that they’re not all alone in this.

Find comfortable furniture that encourages them to sit up. Because of their discomfort, they may be distracted by hard, straight-backed chairs. These may keep them awake but they’re not a good choice. There’s a fine line on comfort. They may fall asleep or daydream if you just allow them to do their studying while reclining on sofas or beds. It’s also not a good idea to place the desk to their bed for this very reason. It’s easily accessible for them to lounge and forget about their homework.

Their study area should definitely have a desk with a large work surface, a comfortable chair and good lighting. Their desk should not be facing a wall as this will make them feel left out even more of other kids playing outside or family activities going on elsewhere in the home. They will feel “boxed in” which will create an obstacle in their endeavors. They should be able to see the door when someone enters their room as this will make them continue to feel connected to the outside world. If the space is limited, a good solution is one of those bunk bed units with a study incorporated underneath it. They are more likely to study if they have an actual study area instead of using a bed, the floor or the dining table. This will also help on clutter around the house because all of their school books, papers and backpacks will be in their room.

Using objects of interest will promote interest and discourage boredom. Put a globe in their room to promote their geography studies. Maps are also a good tool for this purpose. They not only create interest and curiosity but are also suitable artwork for a child’s room in a design sense. Seashell collections, rock collections, leaf collections or crystal collections will keep them stimulated if they need to take a break from their actual studies and do something else with their hands besides writing. These natural elements may also help them think less about the fact that they aren’t outside. Having the outside be around them inside creates energy for them to continue with their work.

TVs in the bedroom should be eliminated. They not only make children much less likely to study but also don’t allow them to fully rest. Children score the lowest overall if they had a TV in their bedroom and also no computer at home. Those who started out with no TV but added one to their bedroom during the school year, scored lower than students who had their TV removed from their bedroom during the school year.

Instead of using the refrigerator as a bulletin board, create an achievement area in your child’s room. Seeing their awards, ribbon, trophies, papers with good grades and letters of recognition will give them a sense of accomplishment. This will reaffirm that they are doing a good job and getting recognition for it which will encourage them to keep up the good work.

It will also help if you make a space for books and school materials. As your child comes home, there should be a place to put their backpacks and books. As they hang up their coats, take off their hats and shoes, they will have a sense of unwinding from their day. Just as adults throw down their keys, put down the mail and take a deep breath as they enjoy the surroundings of their sanctuary known as “home”, children, too, feel that weight come off of their shoulders as they enter the door. Placing books on the stairs to take up to their room later is not a good idea safety-wise. Everything should have a place which will promote organization in all kinds of ways but especially in their study skills which will lead to their work habits later in life.

All in all, it is a team effort in making your child become a successful student. The teacher helps at school. Your help at home will create a team effort that will stay with them the rest of their lives.

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