You picnic outdoors, play outdoors, explore outdoors – why not have your student study outdoors? Studies have shown that time outside can improve concentration, focus, and memory. Plus, the sunlight will also help put your student in a better mood.

Below are a few steps you can take to get your student started:

  1. Decide what homework can be completed outside. While it’s difficult to work on a computer outdoors (the glare on the screen can make it hard to see), there are many other types of assignments that can be done. Reading a novel or a textbook, doing math problems, or working on a project or art assignment can all be done outside.
  2. Determine what is needed to complete those tasks. Does your student need a table to work on? A place to sit to read? Easy access to pens, pencils, or paper?
  3. Consider the possibilities. As you gather the items on your list together, think about the different options available. For example, a place to sit and read might be a porch swing, a hammock, a hammock chair, or a lawn chair. A writing surface can include a picnic table, a patio table, or even a lap desk. (Remember to bring something smooth to write on if the table’s surface is uneven.) Pencils and other supplies can be stored in a portable caddy or plastic box. Together with your student, decide what would make studying outside both convenient and inviting.
  4. Keep them hydrated. Easy access to a water bottle and snacks will cut down on trips to the kitchen.
  5. Minimize distractions. No tablets or cell phones allowed in this study space. Keeping the electronics indoors will help your student stay focused on the task at hand. But remember — distractions can be cute and furry, too. If you have pets, consider putting them inside while your student is working.



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Written by Samantha Bell