All students, young or not so young, share a common experience: homework. Whether you are a mom going back to finish her college degree, an elementary student just starting out, or a high school freshman, you need a productive homework space.
Students of all ages need a good homework station
Setting up an environment conducive to a student’s best work should be a priority at the beginning of the school year. Here are some tips.
7 Tips for Setting up a Productive Homework Spot:
Choose a quiet location
Homework, or anything else that requires concentration, deserves its own space - a quiet, peaceful spot where creativity won't be stifled under a loud television, chatter, etc.
A desk or table
Don't let a persuasive student convince you that lying on a bed in their room will produce great work. Too much comfort can make even a well-rested body long for a nap.
Choose a spot with a table, or one that you can add a small desk to. Sitting or standing to do homework is fine. Laying down is not an option.
Not a good homework spot
Clean it up
Good organization habits can start right here. Keep the desk or table clean. It shouldn’t be a parking spot for last night’s empty KFC box or a sibling’s dirty clothes. The homework spot should be sacred. Each day after homework, the student should clean up any messes they make themselves.
Have the student clean it up
Reassess after a month
Schedule a reassessment with younger students, and let older students make their own assessments. What is working for them? What needs to change? Are more supplies needed? Giving a student a voice in the homework station gives them a certain amount of ownership and investment in the space and in their schoolwork, too.
Schedule regular break times into the homework routine. This should not be a TV or phone break. No electronic stimulation during homework time. But, playing with a pet or shooting hoops for a few minutes gives your brain a need break and get it ready to come back into can help concentration.
Homework breaks are a great time to practice your cheers!
A light snack
Ask your student if an after school snack would be nice before homework time. If a snack is requested, think light. Fruit, nuts, etc. Nothing too heavy that will cause brain fog.
Homework time should not be stressful. Even when assignments are difficult, the right atmosphere will help keep anxiety down and spirits up.