Smart Solutions for Better Study Habits at Home

PHOTO CAP: Pay attention to window size and glass options, like Low-E glass, to provide proper natural lighting in study spaces.


Smart Solutions for Better Study Habits at Home

(ARA)- Contrary to what many kids think, the best place to do homework is not on the living room floor with a TV blasting in the background. As students prepare to head back to school this fall, educators and parents alike are recognizing the importance of a quiet study room. Having a secluded, quiet and well-lit place allows children to switch into study mode and do homework without distraction.
Homework can be a good gauge of future success, so it's important to start kids with smart study habits as early as first grade. The National Education Association (NEA) says children who spend time daily on regularly assigned, meaningful homework do better in school, especially as it becomes more critical each year to their scholastic success. Homeowners also see the benefit of having a quiet work space in the home, as reflected in a recent survey of real estate agents conducted by JELD-WEN Windows & Doors that shows 93 percent of buyers desire a computer room/office space.
"Parents know the value of a quiet study area with good lighting and limited distractions," says Elizabeth Souders, JELD-WEN Windows & Doors. "We're seeing more homeowners factoring this into their home design choices."
Top study area tips
While most homeowners can't dedicate an entire room to a study area for children, they can still make sure elements are in place for a great homework and reading location. Experts suggest these tips to create a homework haven:
Seek out Space: Whether in a child's bedroom, play room or home office, choose a place where a child has privacy and feels comfortable. Also make sure the room has all of the essentials they'll need to get work done like paper, pencils, books, art supplies and other study necessities. A drawer in the desk or bookshelf is an ideal place to keep these tools.
Quiet Down: In creating a private homework space, doors play an important role in blocking noise throughout the home. Doors manufactured to provide superior noise reduction can help give kids the extra privacy they need while studying. JELD-WEN manufactures Custom Carved interior doors which can block up to 50 percent of the everyday noise that can cause kids to lose focus.
Light It Up: One of the most important features of a study area is good lighting. During daylight hours, natural light can stimulate learning. Window size, glass type, such as Low-E and tinted glass, and shading options factor into the amount of sunlight kids need to study effectively. After the sun goes down, make sure there is enough light in the room and that it is well positioned throughout the study space.
Pay Attention: To keep kids motivated and engaged, it's important to set a regular time for homework. It's also a good idea to check in occasionally to offer help and ensure students are staying on task. In order to keep an eye on kids without interrupting them, experts suggest installing interior wood doors with glass inserts, which work well in a home office or play area.
Get Comfortable: Within the study space, provide a spacious and comfortable work surface, whether at a desk or table, where kids can set out their homework and other study materials. If space permits, a cozy armchair is a great addition to the room for reading time.
Remove Temptation: The study space should be free of video games, TV, computer games and other online activities that can hinder the completion of work. One of the best ways to prevent overusing the computer is to keep it in a central area within the home or to use a laptop that can be moved into the space as needed.
For more information about JELD-WEN products that make the grade for study areas, visit www.jeld-wen.com or call (800) 877-9482.