PUBLISHED 15 JUN 2019   



For most concerned parents, the stress of our children’s assignment due dates and exam timetables is shared. But, while you cannot take your child’s exam for them, you can do your best to ensure that your home promotes learning and retention.     

Multiple studies have shown that the learning environment has a profound effect on one’s ability to understand and retain information. This means you can ensure a positive learning space in your home simply by decorating and buying smartly.

Search criteria for buyers with children of a school-going age
Buyers should avoid homes that are hidden in shadow and have small or very few windows. Poorly lit rooms can cause strain on the eyes when reading, causing your child to grow tired of studying quicker. The brain uses about three times as much oxygen as muscles in the body do, so rooms without good ventilation will reduce your child’s learning capacity. If budget allows for it, homes with a separate designated study area will also benefit your child during exam time.

Promote a good night’s rest
In the interest of the most rested sleep, research promotes the idea that a bedroom should be a place of sleeping and nothing more – and yes, that does mean that the TV above your dresser technically also needs to be shown the door. Since a lack of sleep leads to lowered concentration and a reduced ability to retain information, parents can assist their child’s ability to study simply by giving them their own study space in the home so that they do not associate their bedroom with the stress of preparing for an exam.   

Position the study nook wisely
The last thing to consider is how many distractions the home in question might have. Consider the room in which your child will study and do your best to work out what distractions might exist around the space. For example, if the room has a large window that overlooks a busy street or a park, this could provide ample distraction for your child. Similarly, proximity to the living room and kitchen can cause distractions – especially if your child suffers from any attention disorders or hyperactivity.  

In the process of moving?
If you plan on selling over the exam period, do your best to set your moving date to either before or after your child finishes their exam period. Moving is a stressful and often confusing process. The last thing you want is for your child’s study notes to get lost in the transition or for his books to be accidentally packed away when he needs them for an exam the next day.

If your home is ill suited for exam preparations, get in touch with a real estate agent from your nearest RE/MAX office today.