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By creating the perfect environment for your child to study, you can help to improve their concentration levels and contribute towards their academic success.

An independent school in Hertfordshire has put together the following advice to help parents create a comfortable and practical study space for their child at home…

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Find the right spot

It is a good idea to encourage your child to work and relax in different places. For example, it is best to do homework up at a table, as opposed to on the sofa. This reinforces the distinction between the two, and makes it easier for them to concentrate when they are studying.

The best space to set up a study area is in a spare bedroom, but not everyone has this extra space at home. Whether you are setting up a desk in your living room or using the kitchen table as a study area, you will need to ensure that distractions are kept to a minimum by the rest of the family.

Tidy up

A clean and comfortable workspace is key to a successful study session. An untidy desk can make your child feel uncomfortable and distracted. It is a good idea to add some storage boxes or folders to their desk area to help them keep a well-organised workspace.

Lighting

As well as brightening up the room, natural light has also been proven to keep your brain alert and aid productivity. Try to set up your child’s desk as close to a window as possible and plan their study time when they will benefit most from the daylight. For the darker months, you will need to ensure that you have installed adequate lighting.

Rules

It is important to set some rules so that your child gets the most out of their study time. Their new workspace should be a mobile phone free zone. Of course, they may need a computer or tablet to access certain information, but this should only be used for educational purposes and not to play games. Of course, it is important that you allow regular breaks for them to enjoy these luxuries and have a snack.

Planning

Preparation is key when it comes to sticking to a study schedule. Make sure your child has everything they need to hand. This will enable them to commit their full attention to the work in front of them. Try to ensure that they have all the equipment, stationery and books they need and lay out a selection of refreshments so they have no excuses!

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