This article is a guide on how to create a perfect learning environment for the students.
Learning in school or college is not just about sitting in those brick-and-mortar lecture halls, taking notes. It is also equally about how much is the environment conductive in helping you to concentrate better on the task at hand. Again, not only does the subject matter, a large number of physical components starting from the classroom layout to the building infrastructure and the objects placed in the room can help to stimulate a student’s overall concentration.
Hence below are the tips on how to identify and attain the Platonic ideal learning environment for yourself:
1) Light and Window (A well-lit room):
Daylight is by far the best to create a stimulating and enriching learning environment for the students. Hence, it becomes imperative to carve space for at least one or two windows in the room to make way for the natural light from the sun. If this seems impossible, use white or fluorescent tube lights which because of their transparency can mimic bright light like the sunlight.
A proper temperature can help to make the learning environment even more conducive for the students, helping them to concentrate better. So avoiding the extremes of inadequate heating and excess cooling, maintain a temperature that is generally in between 68°F and 74°F depending on the climatic conditions. Again, adequate fresh air is also an important requirement for an ideal learning environment.
3) Room Layout:
It pertains especially to a school or college classroom where there should be a proper arrangement of desks and chairs. Gaps are to be left in between each column of benches by allowing passages in between to enable the students and teachers to move around freely. Again, benches should not be clustered in one place and a considerable space should be left between the students’ area and teacher’s desk to avoid claustrophobia and proper communication.
4) Noise and Music:
Noise makes it impossible to study. Hence it is the excess noise that needs to be avoided. However, some scientific studies have shown that listening to light, acoustic music boosts the students’ concentration by helping them to focus better. Not every noise is harmful, after all.
It is true that keeping plants at home or in surroundings leads to the fresh intake of air and makes living better. Hence placing plants in an ideal learning environment will have a calming effect on students, thereby helping them to focus better.
Modern classrooms equipped with advanced technology can help to provide a highly interactive, personalized and ideal learning environment to its students when opposed to a standard or traditional classroom with no such modern amenities. A visual appeal like presentations, listening to audios and watching subject related videos can help to increase the interest and concentration level.
Anything that is not mainstream and decorative in nature attracts us. This same notion should be applied while creating an ideal learning environment for yourself. Try to decorate your study area with something or the other which you think will develop your interest and encourage you to study better. For instance, if you are a “Literature student”, try to decorate your room with a few quotes and sayings from some of your favourite writers and poets in the form of a poster or mini cut-outs. Be crafty and add more to your mundane learning environment.
8) Field Work or External Project:
Sometimes studying amidst the four walls is just not enough. Try to participate in certain outdoor activities to make your learning environment more encouraging. For instance, if you are a student of History and learning about a particular monument or relic which luckily happens to be there in your city, take a day off and visit the monument. Take notes, observe and enjoy. Once you are back from this short field trip, incorporate all those factual details and observations in your study material to score better. This temporary shift in the learning environment can increase your interest and encourage you to add more such trips to your learning procedure.
Thus an ideal learning environment cultivated either at home or in a classroom setting can prove to be immensely helpful for the betterment of students. This is why they say,
“Build a classroom your students can call home.”