Creating an organized study space is very important for all students, whether you’re in elementary school or college. All students need a space to work on homework without distraction, and with school supplies nearby. Here are some things to consider when setting up an organized study space.
Choose an area most conducive to your work style
Some people work best in the middle of everything such as at a kitchen or dining room table, while others prefer a quiet place such as an office or corner of a bedroom.
Consider the sounds around your space
If you work best with background music or white noise in your study space, add that to your area. However, if you need silence, try to set your study space up in the quietest place possible.
Check the size and height of your workspace surface
Make sure the workspace table or desk is large enough for you, and that it is the correct height.
Select a chair that works for you
Choose an ergonomically supportive and comfortable chair that is the right size for the desk or table. Make sure the chair doesn’t distract you from working, for example rolling chairs sometimes distract younger children.
Provide the correct lighting
Consider the natural light in the your study space. Make sure you have enough light, and that sunlight doesn’t hit your computer screen or eyes. Adjust window coverings as needed. Also, make sure you have enough overhead light in the study space. Add a task lamp to help prevent eye strain.
Have study supplies within reach
Place all study supplies in a caddy, bin, drawer or shelf near your work area. Most students need quick access to school supplies such as pens, pencils, erasers, markers, crayons, calculators, rulers, scissors, glue, tape, etc. Give all of those items a permanent home.
Make room for technology
Be sure the study area has enough power supplies, chargers, and extension cords for electronics. Also, provide easy access to a computer, printer and wi-fi connection in the study area.
Have reference supplies nearby
Back up office supplies such as printer paper, books and other reference materials should be near your study space as well, perhaps in a closet or cabinet in the same room.
Use wall space to keep track of homework
Keep track of homework assignments by having a magnetic board, cork board or dry erase board in the study area. Use a hanging wall file to hold school permission forms and other papers that parents need to review.
Add a snack tray
If drinks and snacks will be consumed during homework time, have a tray available to easily bring things to and from the kitchen.