The pressure is really on as students across the country study from home during the national lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As parents, we want to do everything we can to help our kids succeed. A well-designed study area can do wonders to help them knuckle down and focus.



Ideally, a ‘study zone’ should be a designated area away from anything that can distract – out of earshot of the TV and Xbox, and away from any siblings that may be running around. If your teen has his or her own phone, and it’s not a necessity for research, we recommend turning it off for this period.




Teach your teen to get everything they need before they start. A dictionary and calculator are a must, plus the necessary stationery and paper for making study notes and mind maps.



Good posture is best learnt while still young – and it can make a huge impact on your child’s body as they age. Make sure the desk and chair are the right height for them.

Researchers have found that the ideal temperature for productivity is between 22 and 25°C, so consider a fan or heater to regulate the temperature of the space. Good lighting is also important. Ensure your teen sits somewhere with as much natural light as possible.




Make the space comfortable and attractive to be in – it’s where they’re going to spend much of their time every day, after all. Consider painting the walls blue or green – the former fosters concentration, while the latter promotes balance. Add one or two personal items for comfort – but not so many that they’re distracting, of course. Perhaps include a few plants too. NASA has proven that plants can boost productivity by as much as 15%, and they also improve indoor air quality.



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Visit the COVID-19 Coronavirus South African Resource Portal for official government-issued information on COVID-19.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) 24-hour hotline number is: 0800 029 999.