Providing your child with a well set up and organised study environment is the first step to ensure he makes the most of his study time and avoids the pitfalls of distraction. While remaining focused can be a challenge, these tips will help your child to stay on track.
Avoiding distractions is the number one rule for creating a great study environment at home. Distractions can come in many forms including television, radio, social media, pets, mess, other family members and even food. Unplanned distractions can have a devastating effect on study. Store mobile phones and tablet devices away from study areas. Avoid music with lyrics and don’t use headphones as they can hinder the retention of information. If working on your computer, do not respond to emails or be tempted to check social media. Keep pets out of the study area and only eat during set breaks.
Have a dedicated study space
Choose a quiet area for the desk away from any social spaces in the home such as the kitchen or living areas which tend to be noisy. Ensure the space is well lit, but not too bright, and if using natural light, position the desk so it faces away from any windows which may be a distraction. Choose a comfortable chair, but if you are likely to be distracted by spinning or rolling a desk chair, then it may not be the best option. Ensure that the space is well ventilated and cool, but not too cold. While not always practical, try to keep the study space only for study.
Use motivational images, quotes or photos to decorate the study area, but be careful that they don’t end up being a distraction.
Ensure the desk is large enough to keep everything you will need within easy reach, saving time. Create clearly marked folders for each subject so that notes and resources can be located quickly and easily. Try to minimise clutter, as keeping a clean and organised study area allows you to focus on the task at hand.
Prepare a schedule
Plan study time carefully, allocating blocks of time to different areas of study and for rests. Schedule a 10 minute break every 50 minutes. Use the break to get some fresh air, play with a pet, grab a snack or chat with family members. The schedule should also include co-curricular activities and longer breaks. Include a set dinner time, so that study can be organised around this longer break, and share the schedule with family members so they can plan things around you.
Enlist family support
Family support is an underrated factor in creating a great study environment at home. Your family can offer encouragement and positive reinforcement. Support can be something simple, like making sure dinner is served at the allocated time, or having a family member drive you to and from school or co-curricular activities so that you can maximise your study time. A good tip is to schedule in time for family members to help you with your revision – it can help you to feel less isolated during study.
And finally, remember that the key to academic success is effort and perseverance. You can hear more about how to create a great study environment at home by watching this video showing Trinity students explaining what worked for them.
Trinity Grammar School offers an extended-hours study programme giving students the opportunity to share a meal with the boarding community, and receive academic mentoring from Old Boys under the supervision of Library and teaching staff.
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