A Guide to Creating a Productive Study Space for Your Child

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Every parent wants to see their child succeed in school and beyond. Creating a productive study space can help. High schoolers can benefit from having their own designated area in the home to study and complete homework assignments. Not every study space is suitable for each child; however, high schoolers have their own individual learning styles. Work with your student to determine how he or she works most effectively and tailor the space to those needs.

Designate an Ideal Space

The ideal space for your child depends on the type of learner he or she is. Some students need a completely distraction-free zone in which to concentrate. If this describes your child, then perhaps the ideal study space is in his or her room. Other children work best when an adult is nearby. In these cases, perhaps the family room would be ideal; however, it’s best to keep the television and other electronic gadgets turned off during homework time. If your child does concentrate better with a little noise, consider investing in some meditation music to play during study time.

Select the Right Supplies

Now that you’ve designated an ideal space, it’s time to set it up with the proper equipment and supplies. Your child may prefer to work at a desk that has plenty of space for spreading out projects and books. Some children may prefer a standing desk; however, while others prefer to work on the couch or floor with a lap desk. Make sure the study space has adequate lighting and is well stocked with paper, pencils, and any other items your child may need.

Provide Organizational Tools

Help your student stay organized with tools such as a large wall calendar or a whiteboard to keep track of assignments. Provide desk organizer tools such as a pencil cup and file folders for organizing work for separate subjects.

Orinda Academy is a private college prep school that maintains close collaboration among teachers, students, parents, and outside specialists. The educators at our college prep school tailor instruction to suit each student’s learning style. If you have any questions about our curriculum or student life at our high school, call our campus in East Bay at (925) 357-9719.