Thursday, August 17, 2006

Academics, Ergonomics, Aesthetics

The importance of customizing for an individual ...

"What the catalogs don't tell you about furnishing your child's homework space.

Aparent who wants to know how to create an at-home study space that'll help the kids get into Harvard won't find a blueprint anywhere in the annals of academic research. The experts can't even agree that the space should be quiet, so how could they recommend the optimal chair, desk, lamp and accessories for a future Ivy Leaguer?

"I always needed to have a quiet space with zero distractions so I could concentrate," said Dr. Rick Bavaria, vice president of education for Sylvan Learning Centers. "But for others, that kind of quiet can be maddening, and they need to have some sort of distraction, some background noise.

"The best advice is to know your child and know what their best study habits are. There's no one recipe that works for every child."

Parents of more than one probably already know that. The rest are either out shopping for the desks they wanted when they were kids -- a parental "don't" on Bavaria's tip list -- or, worse, propping up Junior at the adult-scale household computer."   (Continued via SFGate)   [Ergonomics Resources]

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