How to Create the Right Study Atmosphere
“I am appalled by these grades! Did you study for the exam?” you ask.
“Mom, I can’t study…I don’t know how to study,” she replies.
Does this sound familiar?
The truth is that learning how to study (and how to create the right study environment) isn’t something explicitly taught in school. Research has shown that the physical environment can impact learning by as much as 16 percent. Each child studies differently and it’s up to you to help your child discover the study environment that works best for him or her. Here are some tips that you can use to help your child create the right study atmosphere.
Set Up a Distraction Free Zone
Distractions fight against studying. Setting up a study space in your child’s room where there is easy access to a TV, tablet or other electronic device isn’t wise. Try to find a space in the house that turns your child away from all possible distractions.
Develop a Study Routine (And Stick to It!)
We are creatures of habit. Space constraints may limit your ability to create a strong study environment. However, if you help your child develop the habit of focused studying at specific times of the day, you’ll see better results. It’s all about developing a routine and sticking to it.
Use Areas With Strong Natural Light
Cortisol levels are impacted by daylight. Research suggests that medium levels of cortisol promote concentration and increased focus. Your child is at school during daylight hours on weekdays. However, your child is at home during those hours on weekends. Schedule some study time in an area of your home that is flooded with natural light.
Use Ambient Noise Instead of Traditional Music
Some children can’t study in silence. However, music can be just as distracting as a cellphone. Ambient music has a different tone and feel from traditional music. Sounds of nature and other calming sounds can help students focus. Here’s an example.
Turn off the Phone
SnapChat, Instagram, Twitter, What’s App and all other modern social media networks will be tempting your child to take up the phone and spend a few blissful minutes in social media paradise. Imagine doing this for 15 minutes every hour. That’s a lot of wasted time and may diminish the amount of information that your child will retain. Take away the phone during study time. Your child may be upset, but you’ll be thanked in the long-term.
It can sometimes be difficult to find the right study environment in limited space. The real trick is sticking to a study schedule, finding the best distraction-free zone, using natural light as much as possible, trying ambient noise and removing the cellphone. It’s the sacrifice your child has to make if he or she wants to excel.