These days, homework has become a regular part of the daily routine of our kids, from the early years of Prep "readers" to the many hours expected of VCE students. An important factor to how successful homework sessions are the environment in which the study takes place. Which is why we've compiled a checklist for you to organise an A+ study space!
1. Identify a space
- An area separate from bedrooms is ideal, as they are a place we generally associate with relaxation and space. If you dont have a study or spare room, get creative and make an area by separating a corner of your bedroom with something like a cupboard
- You also need a quiet space. However, we all know in most households this can be rather difficult to achieve! So organise times with your family so they know to keep down the noise and not interrupt you.
- Remove distractions
- Your study space should be a No Phone Zone. Make a poster to stick above your desk to remind you.
- Enforce a time-controlled block on social media and any other distracting websites on your computer during study times. If you find it difficult to self-enforce this there are some great apps to help! SelfControl is a great example (for Mac users), orFreedom is a similar app for other PCs.
- Get comfortable
- Invest in a comfy and supportive chair, a desk that has enough space for you to open up all of your books and computer and some form of storage (think shelves for folders or baskets).
- Ensure you have a good light source, either natural or from a lamp, to keep your eyes in good health!
- Reduce clutter and keep organised
- Eating should be left to the dinner table, not your desk. If you're hungry just take a quick break!
- Have a bin underneath or beside your desk for any rubbish.
- Folders for loose paper are important in keeping your work together so you dont lose any important sheets. This is the same case on your computer label files and folders appropriately to make documents quick and easy to find.
- Stock up on supplies
- Have a drawer full of all the essentials pens, pencils, erasers and paper. Other equipment such as a calculator (plus spare batteries), tape, a stapler and a ruler, or also important to have access to.
- Make your space visually appealing
- Use the wall behind your desk to pin up some colourful, homemade posters on some of the concepts or topics you're learning about. Include some motivational quotes or photos to keep you inspired.