Today, we went to the house of some local students who are attending elementary school online, and they’ve perfected the art of studying at home (click here to see the story). Here are some tips for making your living space learning friendly, even if you head out the door each day for class.
The Connections Academy recently sent us tips for making your home more conducive for learning. Here are the five basic rules:
1. Reduce clutter and get organized: Make sure the area where students are working is not just physically picked up, but that their assignments are organized as well. The Connections Academy recommends that you organize work and papers for each class in a separate folder. Then paste a chart to the inside cover of the folder to keep track of the amount of time spent on each subject, and which assignments have been completed.
2. Monitor noise levels: When students are studying, make sure noise around the house is kept low, even televisions or radios in other rooms can be a distraction for a young student.
3. Designate an “education space”: Designate a room or a table as one student’s “learning space.” This helps create an atmosphere of learning that will help promote healthy study habits.
4. Create a Routine: Having a “study-only” time each day not only helps your student focus at that time, but it means that other people at the house will know to keep noise and distractions at a minimum during that time.
5. Make learning enjoyable: Work with your student to create their study space and organize their books and assignments, making it a fun process. Also, showing an interest in your student’s ideas and progress makes learning positive. And, finally, learning away from school doesn’t just mean studying at home. Visiting a science museum or going to a play could all relate to your student’s learning process.
What are some of your study-at-home tips?