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Setting Up a Study Space

Setting Up a Study Space
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Whether its reading quietly or building a castle, homework is an important part of the learning process since it gives students extra opportunities to practice what is learned in school.  Therefore, having a good study space for your learner is crucial to helping him or her develop necessary study habits. 

  • Where your study area is located is not quite so important - what matters most is that it is quiet and comfortable enough for your learner to relax and concentrate.  For younger learners, you may want to have the study space where you can easily supervise and help.  Setting up a space on a kitchen or dining room table is a good place.
  • Lighting: it is very important that the work space is well lit.
  • Make the area clutter-free and quiet.  Be sure that the study space is free of excess books, noise, papers, and other items because these can be distracting.  
  • Have supplies ready: it's always a good idea to have a few extra sharpened pencils, erasers, and art supplies in a pencil or supply box.  That way, if something is needed, your learner will be able to find it quickly and be less distracted.
  • Turn off the TV and stereo.  They are too distracting for a quiet study space. 
  • Set a specific daily time for homework.  Don't leave it until before bedtime.  For big projects, consider a weekend morning or afternoon. 
  • Be positive about homework.  Tell your child how important school is.  The attitude you have about homework will be the one your child has. 
  • Help but don't DO the homework.  Homework is an important way for students to develop lifelong learning skills
  • Watch your learner for signs of failure or frustration.  If necessary, let your learner take a short break 
  • Reward good homework behavior.  If your learner always completes his or her homework and is working hard, be sure to praise the effort and celebrate it