August 6, 2012
April 19, 2011
Students study all over the place — on the couch, in their beds, at the kitchen table or even at their desks.
The optimal study zone will have everything a student needs to work, and it won’t have distractions, such as a TV or a soft pillow inviting the student to take a nap. Parents and students can learn a few tips when organizing a study area that fits the needs of the busy academic.
Lemon smells nice; trash doesn’t
A recent study of 5,000 students showed that students in better smelling homes earned better grades. The study, conducted by Dr. Alan Hirsh and the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, found that top performing students — those with grade averages of A or B — used words like lemony, minty or clean to describe the smell of their childhood homes. Students with grades of C or below tended to associate negative smells, such as urine, fecal matter or mold, with their homes.
While the smell likely isn’t the root cause of academic success, Hirsh said there is probably a positive connection between a tidy home and the type of stable family environment that promotes academic success.
Study near a window
In 1978, researchers designed two types of study zones — one messy and windowless and the other modern with a window overlooking a courtyard — and tested two groups of students with a list of 40 vocabulary words.
The students in the modern room outperformed their peers in the messy room. Since then, other studies have confirmed that studying near a window helps students. In 2008, the University of Washington found that students studying next to a window view of Drumheller Fountain showed fewer signs of stress than students in a windowless room, or in a room with a plasma screen showing nature photographs.