Cambridge dictionary says ‘feng shui’ is the ancient Chinese belief that the way your house is built or the way that you arrange objects affects your success, health and happiness.
There are a lot of studies that prove that your space really does impact your productivity – and with all the distractions available today this has been increasingly important, especially for children!
Here are four quick tips on how to find and create an optimal study space for your child and also what to avoid
Tell them to try to avoid their bed
Our beds are the comfiest things we own and although comfort is important when studying (to a degree), beds are what we associate with rest and sleeping – this is definitely not what your child needs to be thinking of when they are studying, it’s hard enough as it is! Instead, a comfortable chair that supports their back but also does not let them slouch will help them be more productive.
Help them to de-clutter their desk
It’s easy to for your child to let things pile they are studying – there’s textbook after textbook, notebook after notebook, loose papers all the pens and highlighters from the beginning of the year have magically re-appeared. A cluttered desk means a cluttered mind, they will find it hard to concentrate and find all the things they need if their desk is untidy. What they should do is organise what they put on their desk based on what they are studying, e.g. if it’s biology then tell them to have their biology textbook, notebook and cards out. An organised desk will help them have an organised mind.
Tell them to put their goals up where they can see them
Having your child list their goals and put them up near where they are studying will help motivate them by giving them an end to envision when they are struggling or feeling distracted.
Help them make revision posters that they will actually look at
The only way your child is going to look at the revision posters that they make and plaster around their walls is if they look good and are personalised to them. How can they do this?
• Use bright colours – they are much more likely to look at something that is vibrant and stands out than black writing on white paper. Tell them to crack out those coloured pens and highlighters and bring out the inner artist within.
• Separate wall spaces for different subjects – Have different walls or sides of the wall for different subjects, this will allow your child to focus on what they need to without getting overwhelmed.
• Keep it light-hearted – help them make the posters funny or related to things they are interested in like music or films, not only will this make your child more likely to look at them, this can also work as a good memory technique for when they need to recall information in an exam.
This is sponsored post by Performance Learning, pioneering behaviour change in schools.