Is studying in the living room effective?

2016.06.30

There are 2 opinions when it comes to whether studying in the living room is effective or not.
Many parents are concerned about where their children study.
In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of both sides.

Opinion 1: Those who feel studying in the living room is effective

– Being close to their parents creates a secure feeling that helps children concentrate
Children, who do not want to be in their own room, often feel more comfortable when they are around their family.
For these children, being in their room alone is scary and often prevents them from concentrating.
However, if they are around their family, they feel safe and focus on their homework.

– It is easier for parents to grasp what their children are studying
When children study in the living room, parents can see what their children understand and what they are having trouble grasping.
If parents do not know what subjects (questions) their child is having trouble with, they can’t help them solve the problems and understand the subject.
If children are studying in the living room, parents are right there to give them hints and help them understand the difficult parts of their homework.

– It creates a studying environment wherever the family gathers
When a child is studying in the living room, if his/her parents are reading the newspaper and his/her siblings are reading books, it creates a studying environment.
Children will feel comfortable knowing that everyone in the family is doing a similar task.
This will help them feel safe and concentrate on their studies.

– Learning from statistics
Based on a survey of junior high school students testing for a competitive junior high school, 90% of them studied in the living room. When trying to enter a competitive school it is mandatory for parents to check their children’s homework and make sure that they are on schedule with their studying.
Since this is easier to do if their child is studying in the living room, many of these students spend time studying in the living room instead of their own room.

Opinion 2: Those who feel studying in the living room is ineffective

– It is hard for children to concentrate
Since the living room is where the family congregates, most houses have a TV in this room.
Children often become distracted by the TV (even if it is not on) and have trouble concentrating on their studies.

Also, if their siblings are having snack or their Mom is starting to cook dinner they may start feeling hungry.
There are too many interesting things around in the living room that distract them.

– The dining table is not meant for studying
When studying in the living room, children use the dining table. However, for most children, this table and chairs are too high which makes it very uncomfortable for them to study for an extended period of time.
Also, many children do not feel comfortable since their feet do not touch the ground, which distracts them from their studies.
Lastly, the lighting is often not bright enough, which can lead to problems with their vision.

– They lose time moving from their room to the living room
When children study in the living room, they have to bring all the study materials from their room, which takes some time away from their studies.
This movement may also be a distraction for them and cause them to lose their concentration.
Lastly, if they have their school stuff in their bedroom and the living room it is more likely that they will forget something when they go to school.

It is important to choose a studying location that fits your child

Parents should take the time to consider their child’s personality and study habits and choose a location that best fits their child.
Children’s personalities differ, some children are shy, some children are easily distracted, and some children like to ask questions, while others enjoy being alone.
Whether studying in the living room will be effective or not depends on the child.

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