One on One with Shayne Fee
Learning Systems Tutoring, on Home Study Rooms
Ah, farewell summer. Fall has rounded its seasonal corner and is up close and personal. Shorter days and longer nights abruptly shift the blue sky into a backdrop of ebony, with mornings crisp and dewy.
Even though I see green lawns, green trees and pretty colored flowers in this land of OC, the tilt of the earth brings the feel of autumn leaves bustling about, birds flapping their way overhead, and the reappearance of yellow school buses. There they are, trundling down the road, full of kids laughing, talking, heading towards their place of learning, socializing, and Kodak moments. School is in.
And so is homework. The byproduct of school, homework seeps its way into the lives of families and provides parents with plenty of practice in repetitive remarks. Did you finish your homework? Get off the phone now. Stop texting and read your book.
Shayne Fee, founder of Learning Systems Tutoring knows all about homework and how to get kids to learn more effectively. I was interested in learning about designating a room specifically for study and the importance this plays in creating the right atmosphere for doing homework.
Shayne cheerfully answered my questions. A man with an upbeat attitude and devotion to education, he taught me that making a room into a place for home study certainly requires little effort but provides big benefits for the kids.
Q: Why designate a room specifically for study?
A: A designated study room will undoubtedly help your child focus and concentrate on the task at hand. Focus is definitely the single most important factor for a successful study session. If a child is doing homework in a room that has other distractions, it makes learning more challenging. You can convert an extra bedroom or double up a home-office for a study room if an extra room is unavailable. What is important is the specified space is the destination for the learning every time.
Q: What is needed to set up a room that is conducive to learning?
A: You want it to be a useable, interesting workspace. An uncluttered solid desk or table is a perfect place to start. I recommend office-style chairs because they are comfortable enough but won’t stimulate sleep. Shelving for books, a computer and inspiring décor are all pluses as well. Also have a place for storage such as boxes or magazine holders to avoid clutter and clear up the desk. You might consider a couple of file cabinets to keep homework papers organized.
Q: What is the optimum time to study?
A: Definitely choose the afternoons for studying. Maybe take a short break for an afternoon snack and a stretch to stimulate circulation, then right back to the books! Studying and doing homework in a room filled with natural sunlight is almost always going to be more productive than a night time session. Once daylight has gone and night well on its way, the body signals the brain to gear down and enter sleep mode by releasing melatonin, a sleep hormone. This gives the body a tendency to be less alert and sleep more inviting and homework less enticing.
Q: What is the best way to manage distractions?
A: This is one of the best reasons for providing a room or specific space for the child to study. It allows a quiet space for thinking and learning. I always advise to designate a time for study that is consistent every day. When your child studies in a tranquil personalized room at the same time everyday, this gives the mind and body a chance to develop an internal clock that signals learning time. Before too long it becomes an excellent habit. And best of all providing a tutor keeps the child engaged, enthusiastic and on course during the study time.
Shayne Fee can be contacted at 714-454-4043 or www.lstutoring.com.