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Creating a Workspace at Home for Students

There are many variables to consider, but if you follow these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating an effective and comfortable workspace for your student!

The rise of remote learning during the pandemic has created many challenges for students and parents alike. Students are spending more time than ever learning at home, and they need a welcoming and comfortable workspace to help them study. As a result, creating a workspace at home for students has never been more important. 

Keep reading to learn some helpful tips for building a workspace for your student. 

Create a Welcoming and Comfortable Space 

A welcoming workspace goes a long way in helping any student enjoy learning. However, there are quite a few things you should keep in mind to make a workspace as welcoming as possible.   

When selecting the workspace, consider the lighting.  Bright natural light from a window is ideal, but gentle overhead lighting can also do the trick.  Make sure the workspace has a desk lamp as well.  You don’t want the student to have to strain to see their work.  

Let the student decorate the workspace based on their interests. This can be a poster of their favorite athlete or actor/actress or maybe a figurine of their favorite animal. 

You can also consider decorations that relate to what the student is learning.  If a student can connect one of their interests to one of their subjects, it can build a stronger connection and help the student retain the information.  

A bottle of water for a student to stay hydrated is an essential part of any good workspace.  Easy access to water prevents the students from getting distracted by getting up to get water every few minutes.  

Additionally, studies have shown that cognitive function declines at low levels of dehydration.  This can result in poor concentration, short-term memory issues, and negative mood changes that can affect a student’s workflow.     

Finally, no good workspace is complete without a chair. Select a chair that has strong back support and the correct height for the student. The chair should be sturdy but also comfortable.  Swivel chairs have been popular for workspaces in the past, but they can end up becoming a distraction.    

Keep the Workspace Free of Noise and Distractions

A good workspace should be quiet and distraction-free. Think about where the family normally congregates before you pick a spot for the workspace. You should avoid these spaces because there will be too much action for them to focus on their studies. 

A corner of a room can be the perfect location for a workspace.  If there is some background noise, a white noise machine or a fountain are great additions to think about as well.  

Also, carefully consider the school supplies and tools that are in the workspace. For example, rubber bands and popsicle sticks may be great for a school project but can also be distracting.  The same goes for electronics like a laptop or tablet.  

Students should have separate spaces for learning and playing.  When the lines are blurred between the two spaces, it can be difficult for a student to stay engaged and focused on learning.  

Keep the Workspace Organized 

A good workspace is an organized workspace.  You should consider a table or desk that has drawers or storage.  Shelving is also a great way to keep this space organized.  Everything in the workspace should have its place.  Hooks for hanging jackets or headphones, jars for supplies, and charging stations for laptops and tablets are a must.

Also, make sure the workspace stays clean and free of clutter.  Any unnecessary items or trash should be thrown away or removed from the workspace.  To make this task easier, teach the student to keep their workspace clean and organized.  

Instilling organization can be difficult, but students can keep their workspace organized and clean with a little instruction. In addition, teaching this habit can build discipline and makes keeping the workspace organized much easier in the future.  

You Can Do It! 

Creating a workspace at home for your student may seem intimidating.  There are many variables to consider, but if you follow these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating an effective and comfortable workspace for your student!  

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