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With most schools moving at least some of their curriculum online, most parents have already helped their kids set up a remote learning space at home. Now that we’re a few months into the school year, you probably have a sense of whether or not your children’s remote learning space is working for them or if it needs tweaking. Here are 3 ways to optimize your child’s remote learning space.
Ask your kids. It may be tempting to set up a space for your child and then present it to them, but it is best to give them a say in the space’s design. If you have found that there are elements of your child’s space that are not working for them as well as hoped, don’t be afraid to change the space. The key is to set up the environment in a way that makes it easy for the child to learn. Having a separate space helps kids get into a different mindset so they can show up ready to focus, but the location of the space is very important. While some kids who are more easily distracted may prefer a desk in their room or space, most preschoolers and elementary-age children want to be where the action is – near you! If your child would prefer to be near you, consider setting them up at a designated table in the kitchen, family room, or another area near where you’ll be. Consider sharing your home office or work-from-home space. If you can find room in your home office, set up a desk or table specifically for remote learning, so your child has his/her own spot that is clear of your work materials.
Older, high school and college-aged kids will most likely want a space that is separate and quiet. If there is not ample space for them at home, consider renting a coworking space for them. Coworking space is available typically by the hour or as part of a monthly membership. The spaces are cleaned regularly and provide a quiet and novel space for test-taking, paper writing, and working on projects. The other big benefit of coworking spaces is that they are designed to minimize distractions making it easier for students to get papers, research, or other projects done in a timely fashion.
Keep it organized. No matter what age your children are, keeping their learning space organized is key. For younger kids, store papers and art supplies in bins in a nearby cabinet or on a shelf. Use labels or clear containers so your kids can keep up the sorting system easily on their own. Keep often-used items like pencils from a desktop organizer or buckets hanging from a rail above the desk.
Helpful add-ons. You undoubtedly remembered to buy regular school supplies, but remote learning requires other supplies. Noise cancelling headphones, an extra monitor for a computer, and a comfortable desk chair are not typical back to school supplies, but they can make all the difference to remote learners.
Coworking Station of Walpole offers fully furnished remote learning spaces to rent by the day, week, or month. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to hear about our special student rates.
While having a home office as your primary location can be convenient, there may be times when you need to rent office space at a coworking station. Whether it is for an event, client meeting, or educational opportunity, having a temporary office space can give you the amenities and environment you need to make your work successful. Here are a few things to consider before you rent office space at a coworking station.
Coworking spaces are a somewhat new concept, but are quickly gaining popularity for several reasons. These spaces usually work on a membership system with daily or monthly passes available. Members can rent office space that is private, shared, or opt for larger conference rooms for groups of people. Memberships are typically very affordable, significantly less expensive than paying rent monthly for a space, and have many shared amenities like printers, copiers, desks, and mailbox services. Some coworking stations even have free coffee and snacks. It’s important to make sure that the office space you are considering has the amenities you are looking for ahead of time.
When thinking about amenities, consider renting a space that has wellness benefits. A coworking space that integrates work with wellness could accommodate a demanding schedule that still allows for activities that support your mental and physical health.
It goes without saying that having a client meeting at an office makes a more professional first impression than meeting at a cafe. Meeting for coffee sounds great, but if the location is noisy or there isn’t a table available, it can be hard to have a productive meeting. When you rent office space at a coworking station, you are reserving that space for the time you need it. You can be sure that the space is yours and you will be able to spend the quality time you need with your client and not the logistics of the meeting.
When choosing a coworking station, it is important to consider the type of business you have. For example, if you and your business partner are going to become members at a coworking station and meet there weekly to discuss marketing plans for your t-shirt company, you can probably do that in an open space. However, if you are a lawyer who is meeting clients to have confidential conversations, you may want to rent office space that has smaller rooms with doors and additional privacy.
Another reason you may choose a coworking station is the people! Working in a shared space with people who are not competing with you can help you be more productive. You may also be working alongside people with a different skill set, which may come in handy if you need a second opinion or need some help. Collaboration is often good for projects, and you may get the feedback you have been craving at a coworking station. You can also network – you never know who may need your services and who you may meet that can help your business. Ultimately, working alongside others even just weekly or monthly can greatly benefit you and your business.
Coworking Station of Walpole offers fully furnished private offices to rent by the day, week or month. Contact us at email@example.com to hear about our special private office rates.