How to cre­ate a study en­vi­ron­ment at home

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A stu­dent’s aca­demic per­for­mance is in­flu­enced by a host of fac­tors, in­clud­ing the learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment both in­side the class­room and at home. While stu­dents may have only limited con­trol over the en­vi­ron­ment in their class­rooms, they and their par­ents can do much to cre­ate home study en­vi­ron­ments that are con­ducive to learn­ing.

Cre­ate a “dis­trac­tion-free” zone. To­day’s stu­dents are in­un­dated with dis­trac­tions. Whereas stu­dents were once most dis­tracted by ra­dios, tele­vi­sions and the great out­doors when study­ing at home, nowa­days kids must also find time to focus on their stud­ies with their tablets and smart­phones just a stone’s throw away. When choos­ing a study area at home, par­ents can des­ig­nate a “dis­trac­tion-free” zone where no tele­vi­sions, ra­dios, tablets and smart­phones are al­lowed. When kids study at night, be sure they turn off their smart­phones and only use their tablets as study aids.

Em­pha­size or­ga­ni­za­tion. Var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tion tech­niques can help kids be more ef­fi­cient when study­ing. En­cour­age young­sters to keep their home study ar­eas tidy as well, as un­or­ga­nized ar­eas can make it harder to focus or force kids to spend some of their study time clean­ing up.

Es­tab­lish quiet hours at home. Quiet hours at home while kids are study­ing can help them bet­ter ab­sorb their course­work, and that may lead to im­proved per­for­mance in the class­room. While it’s im­por­tant that a kids’ study ar­eas re­main dis­trac­tion-free, it can also help if dis­trac­tions out­side those ar­eas are min­i­mized. Keep tele­vi­sions and other po­ten­tially noisy dis­trac­tions turned off while kids are study­ing.

Keep healthy snacks on hand. Hunger can be just as dis­tract­ing as elec­tron­ics or noisy house­mates, so keep healthy snacks on hand. Such snacks will quell kids’ hunger pangs while also pro­vid­ing a boost of en­ergy.

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