Good study habits begin with a workable study area. Hopefully, this site will help you with some ideas. OF COURSE, if your child is in 5th grade or above, you might want to have his input. Because he might study differently than you did, you might want to incorporate a couple of his ideas.

FIRST STEP: Set up a corner in the student's room. This doesn't have to be a big fancy desk. An inexpensive desk from a box store will work fine. I have even seen the desk set up under the bunk bed.

Many modern homes have a desk area in the kitchen. This is a great place if the student will need help. If the student is one that needs to have it quiet in order to concentrate, make sure you pick a place that is suitable for his needs.

If your child will be using a computer, then you will want it in an area of the home that can easily been seen by anyone walking by. This will make it easier for you to monitor the sites that your child accesses.

Please consider installing a filter on your computer that will filter out adult sites. You may even want to put locks on certain sites so they can't be accessed such as social networking sites where sexual predators linger.

The kitchen is an excellent place to put a computer. If your family needs a computer but space is limited, consider using a laptop. It is portable and can be easily moved from table to counter or to a desk.

SECOND STEP: Wherever you decide to make the study area, you will need good lighting. Even if the desk or table is by some windows, a light source will be needed when darkness falls. Make sure you have good overhead lights that don’t create shadows on the work surface.

If the overhead lights aren’t adequate, then invest in a small table or desk light that can give additional light source. There are several styles. Some are clip-ons and can be used elsewhere when needed. Others are small enough they can be put in the crate which some of you might use to keep organized. If you choose to have a permanent lamp, there are plenty of those styles as well.

THIRD STEP: Check to see if you have the following supplies at home. Yes, the child may have some of these in his notebook, BUT you want to have the same thing at home in case he forgets his notebook at school.

Needed Supplies:

Calendar or planner, pencils, pens, erasers, paper clips, binder clips, hi-lighters, loose notebook paper, sticky note pad, ruler, colored pencils or crayons, electric pencil sharpener or hand held, in basket to hold the notebook paper, out basket for finished homework or projects.

Put the supplies listed above on the desk, in a desk drawer or on a shelf at the back of the desk. This space doesn't have to be fancy. It doesn't have to be perfect. It doesn't even have to be a corner. It just needs to be a place that the student can call HIS or HERS and where the student can put his/her books and finished papers.

For some families, the kitchen table has to be the desk or study area. This will work too. Just use pencil boxes and other small containers for the supplies. These containers can then be put in a portable crate when the studying is finished.

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FOURTH STEP: (optional). IF you can set up a bookcase, than do so. Don't have room for a book case in your study area? Then try a book shelf.

A simple book shelf can be made from 4-6 bricks and a plank or 2 of wood. The book shelf can be put on the desk at the very back. This is handy for dictionaries, and other reference books that might be needed. A shelf can even hold a pencil jar, paper clip tray, and other small items. This keeps the desk clutter free.

If you are using a kitchen that has a desk area, then there are usually cabinets above the desk. Utilize one of the lower shelves to put the stuff on. A brick and plank book shelf will also work at the back of this desk.

Using the kitchen table? Don't have room for a bookcase or bookshelf anywhere? Than try getting a plastic crate for the few reference books you want to have on hand. Nowadays, you can even buy a thin paper dictionary that fits inside a notebook. (I bought one at the Dollar Store. They aren't very good but better than nothing.) You could just put this in the plastic file box.


NOW, let's get started!

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