The Solutions Workspace for Homework Success
Summer is almost over, and you know what that means; It's time to get back into the habit of going to school and getting homework done on time.
“The average student who did homework had a higher unit test score than the students not doing homework.” (Cooper, 2008)
Figure out the purpose of your station: It is important to figure out what the workstation will be used for, before making any further decisions.
Pick a location: Often homes come with home office rooms or an office nook, so why not use the space which is already provided. Otherwise, find a location in your home which you feel is suitable. Idealy you want a location which:
- Is away from distractions (TV, stereos, and gaming consoles)
- Has plenty of sunlight, and air circulation
- Provides motivation to study.
- Helps keep you or your child organized.
Pick the right size: Majority of the time will be spent on the homework station during after school hours. Idealy you want the right size where you:
- Can store important reading materials such as textbooks and important documents.
- Have space to move around and stretch
- Can place a computer (laptop computer preferred) and a printer (optional).
- Have enough space to multitask.
- Ex: Typing up an essay, while reading quotes from a textbook
- Have space to organize loose cables.
- Have space to place a surge protector.
Identify additional office furniture or accessories which are needed for your workstation: Assignments and other tasks will be done a lot faster, when all needed items are within reach. Here are some ideas on possible items which you should include on your homework station:
- Pencil Cup
- Office Stacker 3 Tray
- Oblique Trash Can
- Magazine Holder
- Bobino Cable Clip
- Desktop 3 Drawer
- Office Cart 10 Drawer
- Double Letter Tray
- File Organizer 3 Tier
Focus on comfort, and not the price tag: As a university student this is the most critical piece of advice I can give you. Having a uncomfortable workspace can pose health risks. You should make sure your furniture is:
- Easily adjusted
- Risk free for to the user.
- Easily cleaned and sanitised without leaving any debris
- The computer monitor is directly leveled with your eyes.
- The keyboard and mouse are Ergonomic
- To adjust the brightness of the monitor, to reduce stress on the eyes.
- The PC should be placed in an open space
We hope you enjoyed the little tips and tricks we have for the best work space; here's a list of the items we used:
Information Provided by:
- Caylin Harris
- Yellow Pages
- Alana Free
- SMEAD Organomics
- Harris Cooper-SEDL