Creating a study environment at home using the latest remote learning strategies

By Optimi | 25 Apr, 2024

When you think of creating the perfect learning or studying environment it is easy for one to want to replicate a classroom space. Although this should not be the case, be creative yet practical with your space by using what you already have.

In homeschooling, it is advisable to personalise the space as best as possible so that it still feels familiar to your child and it’s a space your child is looking forward to learning in. There are no rules on how to do this, and the upside of homeschooling is that you have the freedom to create an environment that works for you and your children.

Things to consider when setting up:

  1. A dedicated study space

It’s important to find a dedicated space for learning, like a study room. When setting up this space, there are factors to consider that can affect our productivity and how effectively we learn. To start, you should have the basics covered, such as a comfortable desk and chair, accessible power supply, reliable internet connection, adequate lighting, and a temperature that’s not too cold or warm.

  1. Organisation is key

Keeping only the things you need in and around your dedicated study space is advisable. It is suggested that you keep your dustbin, stationery, and study materials within reach to help maintain focus. Additionally, using shelves can be an effective way to economise your space.

  1. Create a routine

Establishing a consistent study routine is important when studying or learning from home as it offers a structured framework for learning and you take charge of the workload to cover per session. Dedicate time each day for learning and studying and be disciplined to adhere to a structured schedule that aligns with your natural rhythms. Taking regular breaks to recharge and prevent burnout and sticking to your timetable will foster discipline and accountability.

  1. Minimise distraction

Consider using noise-cancelling curtains or white noise machines to eliminate external disturbances. You can also look into using noise-cancelling headphones to block out distractions and immerse yourself fully in your studies. Be mindful of any potential distractions close by and try to eliminate them. Each time your attention shifts away from the task at hand, you inadvertently add extra information to your working memory.

  1. Take advantage of technology

Remote learning relies heavily on technology, so be ready to use the tools and platforms to navigate lessons and study material. As a 21st-century learner, the use of devices such as smart TVs, mobile phones, laptops and computers all form part of our learning journey so take advantage of the latest technological tools to enhance your remote learning experience. You can also explore educational collaborative tools such as Google Workspace or Microsoft Teams to better facilitate group projects and virtual discussions with classmates.

These are a handful of tips that can help you get started on your journey to remote learning whether as a parent of a child who is homeschooled or an adult learner who is learning from home. Incorporate these tips and make them as personalised as possible to not only create a conducive environment but to make it a haven of productivity and learning excellence.