(Written by Lindsey Mcmahon) One of the most important skills that a child can learn is effective study habits. A child that can study effectively on their own is prepared for many challenges that occur throughout life and set up for excellence. You can help your child learn effective study habits by equipping your child with a distraction-free, organized study space.
You can transform part of your child’s room into a study zone that will provide your child with a place to study with minimal distractions. However, if your child’s room is full of distracting toys and clutter, your child will have a harder time focusing on their work.
Use this guide to help create a study space for your child that minimizes distractions without sacrificing fun.
- Create a study zone
Create a study zone for your child. The study zone should be an age-appropriate table or desk set against a wall or in the corner. All other bedroom furniture items should be behind the desk and the child should not be able to look out any windows when seated at the desk. Provide the table or desk with everything the child needs for daily work, such as a computer, comfortable chair, and enough space for writing and spreading out school books.
- Stock the study zone
Stock the study zone with everything the child needs for study, like rulers, erasers, pencils, pencil sharpeners, paper, and anything else your child needs for school. Store everything in an organized fashion. A small wall-mounted bookshelf can be a good place to store books or school supplies. Use small containers or canisters to store writing supplies. Drawers can hold paper and other study aids.
- Organize the room
A cluttered room will cause distractions from studying. Keep your child’s room free of as much clutter as possible. If you have the space, store toys elsewhere that can cause distractions. Fewer toys in the bedroom will not only reduce distractions, but will also make the room easier to clean. Provide a clear storage space for each item remaining in your child’s room.
- Add personality with furniture
You can add personality to your child’s room with furniture. Choose a bed in a fun shape or color. Provide a variety of furniture pieces in the room, like a colorful rug, floor seats, and table and chairs. Choose furniture that is easy for your child to get in and out of. Children love furniture made in their size.
- Keep things fun with color
Allow your child to choose the color scheme in his or her room. Bring fun to the entire room and study area by stocking the room with bright colors or fun shapes. Allow your child to create their own art pieces to hang on the walls.
Follow these steps and your child’s room will be ready for both study and play. The key to an effective study zone is to reduce distractions and make the space fun for your child. Following this strategy will help foster effective study habits in your child and prepare your child for the future ahead.
If you’re interested with case studies about the most productive ways of setting up a room, you can get more information on the article: Effective room arrangement by Carolyn Evertson, Ph.D. & Inge Polle, Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University.
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About the author: Lindsey Mcmahon is a part-time guest-blogger and a full-time private tour organizer. Her interests are education, parenting and health but she is constantly extending her field of view to incorporate interesting news suggested to her by her readers.