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How to Make a Comfortable Workspace for Doing Homework

I worked for many years as a science teacher in Toronto, Ontario, and now am an occasional teacher working on the local school board.

Importance Of Creating A Homework Nook

Do you struggle to complete your homework on time? Do you always get distracted? Most people work best without distractions.

  • Distractions are one of the main reasons high school and post-secondary students have trouble getting their homework done well and finished on time.
  • Having a space that presents few distractions, contains enough space and light to work comfortably, and provides the tools for the task are all important when choosing a space for homework completion.

Here are some tips for designing a homework nook that will increase your academic success by making homework completion a more pleasant and efficient experience.

A cute homework nook can change the game for students

A cute homework nook can change the game for students

Creating A Space For Homework

1. Choose a Location with Minimal Distractions:

  • A den or bedroom away from television and major human traffic is the best spot for a homework nook.
  • A quiet area away from roommates or siblings presents fewer distractions.
  • For younger children, a spot where mom or dad can easily check up on progress is also beneficial.
  • Even a dining room table can be utilized if the work area is consistent. Supplies on a rolling cart that can be tucked away during dinner would be beneficial in this case.
  • For younger children, this may be the ideal situation as mom and dad are often within earshot to field questions and ensure their children remain on task.

2. Make sure it is Large Enough:

  • The designated homework nook should be large enough for a desk holding a computer or laptop and supplies.
  • Supplies on the desk might include pencils and pens in a holder as well as a file holder to organize homework assignments currently in progress.
  • The space should also be large enough for shelving or a bookcase for reference material such as dictionaries and a thesaurus as well as texts for current subjects of study.

3. Have a Comfortable Chair:

  • Ensure your chair is comfortable for long periods of sitting.
  • A padded chair with wheels is handy for quickly reaching items on bookshelves or carts apart from your desk.

4. Keep Important Supplies Close:

  • Writing utensils, erasers, rulers, markers, highlighters, and staplers should be in an organizer on your desk.
  • Filing baskets or file holders should be on your desk or bookshelf within easy reach.
  • Current assignments like essays and projects should have their own file folders and be clearly labeled.
  • A write and wipe calendar board is handy near your desk for a quick visual of your current work schedule and upcoming assignment due dates.

5. Keep Reference Texts Handy:

  • A dictionary and thesaurus should be within easy reach on your bookshelf.
  • School texts for current courses should also have a place on your bookshelf.

6. Make Sure to have Adequate Lighting:

  • Adequate lighting is key to reducing eye strain and thus reducing fatigue.
  • Natural lighting through a window is ideal but lamps, especially for evening work, are a necessary part of your homework nook.

7. Keep a Consistent Routine:

  • Working at the same time each evening is ideal for getting the homework done well and consistently.
  • Some prefer to complete their work immediately after school whereas others require a break to expend energy in order to refocus. Whichever personality type you are, develop consistency in your work habits and try to complete homework at the same time every day.

8. Personalize Your Space:

  • Add your own personal touch to your homework nook.
  • Adding pictures, special utensil holders, walls painted your favorite color and other personal touches creates a comfortable workspace that you feel happy working in.
  • When you are happy and comfortable in a space, you are much more productive.
  • Homework will get completed faster and more efficiently.


Teresa Coppens (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 06, 2013:

Thanks shiningirisheyes for your continued support. Work always goes so much smoother in a clean work area!

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on January 05, 2013:

Great job Teresa. My office is in my den. I am a Virgo and cleanliness and complete order are the dame of the game for me. It is so much more productive that way.

Teresa Coppens (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 01, 2013:

Only a few small steps of organization to get there. Happy New Year Jules!

Jules Gonzalez from From the Concrete Jungle to the Sunny Side of Me! on December 31, 2012:

I want that room...

Teresa Coppens (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 31, 2012:

Hey Theresa, glad you found the article useful. We've used a number of these ideas over the years! Have a fantastic New Year with your family!

Teresa Coppens (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 31, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by and commenting farmloft. Hope you have a prosperous New Year!

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on December 30, 2012:

Teresa - This is am excellent guide to creating a useful and pleasant study space. I love the rolling cart idea. I should have read this 25 years ago when my children were in elementary school. :) Sharing.

farmloft from Michigan on December 30, 2012:

I like the rolling cart idea! since the dining room table is the best desk for me.

Teresa Coppens (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 29, 2012:

Congratulations somethgblue, that's a great GPA at any age to attain. Reducing distractions and having an organized place to work is the way to success. Glad it worked for you!

somethgblue from Shelbyville, Tennessee on December 29, 2012:

One of the motivating factors to selling my TV and disconnecting my cable was when I went to College I didn't want any distractions to keep me from doing my homework.

It seemed to work I graduated with a 3.7 grade point average at age 48!