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How to Create a Stress-Free Study Space

Make sure to include these 10 things in your child's homework and study space to make it productive and comfortable.
 

Learning Benefits

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Cognitive Skills

Most kids do homework whenever and wherever: On the sidelines at soccer practice, in the car, or in front of the TV. But the right atmosphere can make all the difference in how much information your child retains. See how you can transform your den or basement — or kitchen table! — into a smarter learning environment.

Calendar
Pencil in tests and block out study times. Break down projects into manageable chunks and highlight due dates.
 
Bulletin Board
Select the schoolwork that makes your child proud. Add encouraging notes to remind him of all he can do.
 
Window
Studies show that daylight can boost work habits. Set up the desk near a window and opt for full-spectrum bulbs.
 
Clock
Give each assignment a flexible time limit, and work in some 10-minute breaks to keep kids from going too stir-crazy.
 
Fidget Toys
Calm jitters with balls (or stuffed animals) your child can squeeze while he works. Tuck them into a drawer when not in use.
 
Seating
Some kids work best in an upright chair, but others get antsy. If yours likes sprawling out on a rug, get him a mobile writing surface.
 
Water Bottle
Cognitive function can drop 10 percent when kids are dehydrated. Keep a no-spill water bottle within arm’s reach.
 
Organizer
All kids do better when their work space is neat. Stock supplies in a handy desktop caddy for a clutter-free desk.
 
CD Player
Background music can boost productivity. But these perks only apply with classical or instrumental music — pop tunes distract.
 
Snacks
A mix of protein, fat, and carbs will power kids through study sessions. Serve healthy foods like apple slices with nut butter.
 

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