Once teenagers reach senior year, they will do a lot more studying than they used to.
If they want to join a college or university to enroll in a program and qualify for a scholarship, they need to get high grades in all of their subjects. They also have to prepare well for their SAT and ACT exams since the scores they get will play a crucial role in their successful entry into their preferred higher education institution, and in acquiring a grant as well.
Aside from enrolling your teenager in an ACT or SAT preparation course, you can ensure he or she gets to review well for these exams and for the quizzes and tests he or she will take in school by setting up the ideal study area in your home. With the right space for your teenage child to study in, he or she will be able to get more out of the learning and prep work he or she is doing.
If you want to create the ideal study area for your teenager in his or her bedroom or in a separate room, here are five tips to guide you:
1. Choose the right study room furniture
Although it may be more expensive, an ergonomic chair should be your No. 1 option when thinking of which furnishing to get first. With this type of chair, your teenager won’t strain or hurt his or back and neck even if he or she spends a lot of time sitting down to read a book or study material.
Other basic furnishings you have to get are a desk, lamp, and shelving or storage racks. When buying a desk, make sure that it is large enough to accommodate your child’s needs. For the other items, consider the style and preferences of your teenager.
It would also help your child if you add some other seating options in his or her study area. Place a small stool or beanbag chairs in the room. These are comfy alternatives that your teenager will love when he or she gets tired of sitting on the desk chair.
2. Place the desk in the right location
Some teenagers say that gazing at the sky helps them to stay calm while studying. However, it would be best to position the desk in a way that it is facing away from a window or door. This will help prevent your child from “spacing out” often.
To help your child concentrate, put the desk against a wall.
Make sure, though, that you place the desk in a spot that is well-lit. It should get enough natural light and ventilation during the day. Don’t forget to add a table lamp or pendant lights with the right wattage so that your child can continue studying at night.
3. Designate an information center and storage area
To make sure your child doesn’t forget to complete assignments, schedule an hour or so for review every day. And to ensure your child attends his or her after-school classes, hang up a large calendar and a corkboard where he or she can write deadlines and to-do lists. Make sure you keep an eye on everything that’s written on the calendar and board as well.
As already mentioned, you need to get storage shelves, racks, or containers for your teenager. These items will help your child organize his or her assignments, projects, files, and review materials properly. It will also prevent your teenager from falling into the habit of creating piles of papers and folders that take up a lot of space and clutter the area.
4. Pick a suitable color for the study area
The color of your child’s study area is crucial to the mood and atmosphere of the room.
If you want your teenager to be relaxed and calm as he or she studies, opt for a cool color for the walls. Light colors have also been proven to have a profound effect upon a person’s stress levels. They help improve an individual’s ability to concentrate and reduce feelings of tiredness as well.
When choosing a paint color for the study room, make sure you ask your child what he or she prefers first. Your teenager may also want to add some decorative objects, stickers, and pictures. Allow your child to do this but ensure he or she doesn’t add too much since the clutter or over-decoration can affect his or her ability to concentrate.
5. Remove or limit sources of distraction
Aside from ensuring the room has spotless windows and discouraging cluttered decor, note that smartphones and tablets are great sources of distractions, too. So make sure there are no such devices in the study area while your child is reviewing or doing his or her assignments.
Lastly, if your child can hear conversations from the other room or footsteps above, he or she will have a hard time focusing on the task at hand. If your teenager has noise sensitivity issues, give him or her a pair of noise-canceling headphones. You can also have your child play some tunes in the background if he or she likes listening to music while working.
By investing in the right college exam prep programs and creating a great study area for your child, you will enable him or her to reach his or her academic goals now and in the future.
Maloy Burman is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Premier Genie FZ LLC. He is responsible for driving Premier Genie into a leadership position in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education space in Asia, Middle East and Africa and building a solid brand value. Premier Genie is currently running 5 centers in Dubai and 5 centers in India with a goal to multiply that over the next 5 years.