BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The introduction of hybrid instruction has forced students to adapt to learning in school from the comfort of their home. Finding an effective learning space at home is much easier said than done. 

There are countless distractions, which can range from the family members outside the bedroom door or hanging out in the room, to the temptations of a cell phone lying on the desk. Not to mention the added challenge of creating a space that fosters efficient learning without sacrificing posture, a place to write in their notebooks, and overall comfort. 

After navigating remote learning in the spring, students were able to craft an environment that works for them, hand tailored to their needs and wants throughout the day. The Highlander talked to three students about their space for online learning, and how it is unique to them. 

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Ava McDonald, Class of 2023

 

Describe the environment in which you do online school in three words. 

Efficient, organized, comfortable

Why did you decide to do online school in this space? 

I decided to do online school in this space because it is comfortable and allows me to stay comfortable and focused.  

How do you keep it distraction free? How do you keep it comfortable? 

Before online school, this desk had lots of other things on it. When online school started I cleaned it and have kept it clean so there are no distractions. I keep it comfortable by using a comfortable chair. 

What makes your space unique to you? 

This space is unique to me because I have a fall scented candle that I like to light sometimes. 

What is your favorite part of this space? 

My favorite part about this space is my lamp. 

 

Emily Radick, Class of 2022

 

How did you decide to do online school in this space?

My sister is away at college, so I’m using her bedroom since there’s a little bit more space than in my own. It helps me separate school from my personal/sleeping space.

How do you keep it distraction free? How do you keep it comfortable?

I moved the desk from my room into my sister’s room and since her mirror is attached on the wall, I covered it with a thin blanket so I wouldn’t get distracted doing my work.

What makes your space unique to you?

I sit at the desk mostly. But since we’re in school for so long, I move to the bed for classes where I don’t have to be on camera or where I don’t have a Zoom so I am not in one spot all day.

What is your favorite part of this space?

I have pictures of my friends and some postcards hung up with magnets on my desk. Even if it’s all my sister’s stuff around the room, I still have my own things with me during school.

 

Oona Rouse, Class of 2021

 

Describe the environment in which you do online school in three words.

Comfy reading nook 

How did you decide to do online school in this space?

I decided to do it here because my desk was too uncomfortable to sit in for eight hours a day and I got distracted easily because of it. I decided to switch locations to the reading nook I have in my room.

How do you keep it distraction free?

I definitely still have some distractions from my phone and other electronic devices. One rule I have for myself is that I don’t allow myself to do class from my bed, which is something I did a lot of in the spring that wasn’t beneficial to my productivity.

How do you keep it comfortable?

I sit in a really comfy armchair with a blanket 

What makes your space unique to you?

I have posters all around my room of things that make me happy [or] are pretty to look at

What is your favorite part of this space?

My favorite part of my space is my circular oriental rug because it makes me feel happy when I look at it because it’s pretty.