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10/22/2018
Does your child spend their allocated homework time studying but doesn’t seem to make the progress they should? Do you get the sense that they are always distracted? This post has tips which can help.

During your child’s homework time, where they choose to sit and complete their studies is a significant contributing factor to how productive that time will be.

How You Can Create a Better Study Space for Your Child

If you have noticed a trend in which your student will regularly sit with you while you cook dinner or settle on the couch in front of the television when it comes time to review their notebook or complete their homework, this post from The Tutoring Center, Cypress Creek Plaza can help you to create a space which will encourage learning.

The First Step Is to Remove Distractions

This one is an easy tip, right? It’s simply just a matter of removing all of their electronic devices from the study space, potentially even their computer, during their homework time. While this is definitely a good start, in many cases, these devices aren’t the primary distractions for a student trying to complete their studying. Read through this list and consider if these occur in your home during study time.
  • The sound the vacuum cleaner makes as you complete your chores.
  • Similarly, the banging noise it makes when you clean against the wall and the carpet.
  • Noises from the kitchen while dinner is being prepared.
  • Your neighbor's children playing in the yard.
  • Your other children playing and running around the house.
  • The noise from the television, even if it is muffled or at a low volume.
  • Yard maintenance being completed in your yard or in the street.
It can be easy to think of the above noises as just environmental sounds or are part of your home’s ambiance, however, these sounds can significantly distract even the most studios of children trying to complete their homework. Considering this, tour your home and identify places where can provide your child with an area to learn which is free from these and other similar noises. For example:
  • If you have a laundry room which is large enough for a small table and a chair and is at the back of your home away from noise, this can work as a great homework space for a few hours each evening.
  • If you have a back porch and your backyard is quite serene, consider setting up an outdoor learning space for your child to use.
You aren’t limited to these ideas, of course. Any place around your home or the outdoors which is free from noise and distractions can work as a temporary study space, remembering that you only need to set it up for a few hours each evening. If your child is struggling with their homework, be it due to distractions or a general struggle with their lessons, tutoring in Cypress Creek Plaza can help. By providing students with a distraction-free learning space, students who attend tutoring at Cypress Creek Plaza can focus entirely on their homework while being aided by a professional learning expert. Book your free initial diagnostic assessment at The Tutoring Center, Cypress Creek Plaza today by calling (832) 566-7912 to learn more about the benefits of tutoring in Cypress Creek Plaza and how subject-focused tutoring programs can help your student succeed.

No Reason to Leave

Every parent is guilty of starting a task and then becoming so distracted that they never return to it, leaving it unfinished, whether it’s a small art project or part of their household errands. As intent as you were on completing the task, leaving it for a short period was enough to see you never return. The same behavior can be seen in your child and their homework. With this in mind, it’s important to ensure that your student has everything they need in their learning space to discourage them from leaving homework unfinished. Before each study session, ask your student what they need. To help you prepare, these items could include:
  • Pens
  • Drawing paper
  • Colored markers
  • Tools to calculate and measure
  • A drink or a snack
Of course, if there is anything else they need then be sure it is at arm’s reach and that your child doesn’t need to get up to retrieve it.

Lighting

The last tip is in regards to lighting and is important if you choose a learning space as mentioned in the first tip which may not be set up for studying. Students need to be able to see what they are studying, however, the lighting doesn’t need to be so bright that it gives them a headache or makes it difficult to focus on text. For example, in the first tip, there was a suggestion about using your laundry room. These spaces often include a single bulb in the ceiling to provide as much light as possible. However, this isn’t always the best lighting scheme for a studying student. Items like a small desk lamp or even moving one of your household standing lamps into the space temporarily can work to achieve a lighting level which will help them to focus and prevent headaches and eye strain.

Tutoring in Cypress Creek Plaza Works

Whether your student needs help with specific lessons, their homework, or they want to raise last year's C to an A+, tutoring in Cypress Creek Plaza can help. Speak with a trained learning professional today at The Tutoring Center, Cypress Creek Plaza by calling (832) 566-7912 to learn more. During your free initial diagnostic assessment, a tutor can answer any questions you have about the benefits of tutoring in Cypress Creek Plaza, and how subject-focused tutoring programs can help your child achieve high grades.

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