Different students have different learning styles that suit each of them. One method is effective to some while inefficient to others. It’s understandable because people have varying mental capacities and levels of concentration. Nevertheless, everyone shares the same need for having an advantageous learning space at home.
The school is where all students gather to learn from their teachers and with their classmates, but the house is where they study on their own. At home, they must have a zone specifically designated for them doing their homework, reading their notes, reviewing for upcoming exams and doing everything school-related. That particular turf should help the students learn productively and enthusiastically as well. It should not drag their motivation down and take their focus away.
Do you have your own room for studying at home? If you do, do you think it’s working for your best? It should be! – because whether you like it or not, your environment can affect your manner of studying and the quality of learning you obtain. To help you, here is a list of 7 bad signs that you must relocate or improve your learning space at home ASAP! Make sure to observe and scrutinize whether or not these signs are evident in your study room from a home.
1 – The lighting is not enough
You cannot study in a place that is dark or that is dim-lit. If the lighting is not enough, you will have a very difficult time reading and understanding your written notes. Nothing much to worry about if all your learning materials are online or saved as soft copies. Your laptop or personal computer is automatically your source of light. However, if you are using actual books and printed readings, a poorly lit learning space is a no-no. Your sight might get bad.
What makes not having sufficient artificial light worse than it is? The absence of at least one small window where natural light can enter during daytime. Natural light is very important for one’s health and productivity also. It’s not just for reading and navigating inside your learning space but also for improving your mood and giving your physical body essential nutrients. You become more active and less sleepy with proper lighting. You need this to stay awake and alert while studying at home!
2 – Your chair and table make your body ache
When you are studying at home, you are seated on a chair in front of a table. While some people think any furniture is totally fine as long as it has feet and the surface where one exactly sits on, not all chairs and tables are ideal for studying.
You can tell that you need to optimize your learning space if your chair and table make your body ache. They give you discomfort and pain over time. At first, they are just okay for you, but as time goes by, you realize they are not ergonomic. They do not help you maintain a good posture. You are experiencing back aches and tiredness instead of relaxation and convenience.
3 – It has poor ventilation
Feeling sticky, itchy and sweaty whenever you’re staying in your learning space at home? Maybe it has poor ventilation. That means there is no proper and ample air circulation in that room. Your appliances might be broken or really not enough, or there are no windows and other openings where air can pass through.
This is even more awful during summer and sunny days. It can make you feel suffocated, if not roasted. Instead of being able to study with full focus, you are busy fanning yourself or wiping your sweat.
4 – There’s no space for your school materials
Students have so much stuff, including notebooks, books, paperpads, writing materials and folders. You should have clean and spacious storage areas to keep and protect them. If you don’t and if they are just scattered wherever, you have to do something to improve your learning space. Buy a shelf or do it yourself. Hire a carpenter for a custom-made cabinet if you want to.
5 – Electrical sockets are far away or missing
In this day and age, technology is always used in learning. E-classes use computers. Online tutoring too. Virtual workshops and webinars as well. Especially when the COVID-19 pandemic happened, they have become more prevalent. Gadgets have become a need in teaching, learning and studying from home.
Relocate your learning space if the electrical sockets are far away or missing. If possible, call your home technician to install them in case you don’t want to relocate.
6 – No visual point inspires you
It’s easy to become unmotivated and lazy to study particularly when no visual point, like decors, posters and photos, inspires you. If your learning space is filled with chaos and clutter, you might get discouraged or uninterested in studying. It’s not like that all the time though, but when you need something to draw inspiration from, it would be helpful that it’s your own learning space that serves that purpose!
7 – Many distractions surround you
Last but not the least, probably the worst learning space is situated where many distractions surround. These distractions are in the form of noise coming from outside, from house happenings and from people living in the house. Your learning space must be private and secluded from the house area where everyone, including guests, gather and stay.
YOUR LOCATION FOR LEARNING
After spending most of your day’s time in the classroom in your school, you go home and do your take-home student duties. You should be able to accomplish and submit them without issue right after doing your best. Whenever you have examinations coming soon, you should be able to study proficiently and gain confidence from your efforts. Although some would say that the place doesn’t really matter if you have skills, still and all, your learning space is a huge factor in doing well.
If you currently have your own learning space at home, ensure that it has all the qualities and features needed for it to be called a functional one. On the other hand, if you are being uncomfortable or unproductive in it, try checking out the ambiance and adequacy of your home study area. There might be aspects that need enhancement, which could be adding what’s important and/or removing what’s unnecessary. After everything, if you still notice signs of a bad learning space at home, you might need to consider choosing another area to set it in.
Your location for learning at home will have an impact on your performance and drive as a student, so make sure that it is rewarding.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Quality and well-researched writing is her worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. She is a daytime writer for InFlow Education, expert tutoring services in Australia. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.