For many, September is a time of change – especially for our children. It could be that final year and a transition into A levels or that major shift of being 11 years old and starting secondary school.
Whatever stage of education your child is at, now is the perfect time to help them make that transition an easier one. Here are my ten tips to help make studying at home less about stress and more about enjoyment.
Having a solid routine in place is at the core of every successful venture. It help prevent overwhelm and ensures your child knows what is needed and where their focus should be. Not only that, but it also helps clarify to you when your child needs alone time to work!
#2: Provide your child with a dedicated space
Having a dedicated work space is crucial, if you want your child to do well AND stick to their study routine. That space could be in their bedroom, in the dining room or office – but it needs to be somewhere they can keep all of their needed equipment and stationery in one place.
#3: Keep filing and organisation local too
A pin board for notes, storage areas and/or containers for text books and notebooks, along with stationery storage – having them all in the one area will avoid breaks in concentration and focus.
#4: Put it back where you got it from
So much time can be wasted looking for lost text books, reference materials and notes etc. Ensure your child gets into the routine of putting things back into the same space they came from.
This habit can easily have been forgotten, especially after the long summer holiday – but establish a school bag routine (for example, school bag on the peg by the front door, lunch box emptied and put in kitchen).
#6: Create a space for activity work
For bigger, more creative projects your child may need extra space. Look to utilise the conservatory, garden shed, garage work surfaces and even the garden itself. Did you know, wide open spaces and gardens do actually increase creativity and thinking…!
#7: Sit/stand routines
We’ll be covering this during October. In the meantime however, it’s worth reiterating to your children the importance of taking regular breaks away from the screen, having naps and staying hydrated.
#8: Notice boards
Whether you put up cork boards, ribbon boards, metallic boards, white boards or even if they make their own – give them adequate wall space to pin up reminders, reference notes, deadlines and appointments.
#9: Use things that bring joy
As with all of us, we want to use things that motivate us to do well, things that inspire and motivate us. So help your children select stationery that is a joy to use – whether it’s pencils, pens, notebooks or laptop protectors and covers.
#10: Clutter clearing
Even the tidiest of areas can quickly become cluttered, if we don’t sort out the things we have. Whether it’s old rough notes, doodles, textbooks or worn out pens, get rid of any clutter laying around – either put it away or bin it at the end of a work session.
If these tips have sparked off your creativity and you’d like further inspiration for a dedicated study area, check out our home work/study board on Pinterest!
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