Here are my top Feng Shui Tips for students:
1) Create a consistent and comfortable space for study time. Ideally this study space would be separate and removed from the bedroom (which should be reserved for rest and rejuvenating). If the study area must be in the bedroom then make sure the study materials can be tucked away somewhere when study time is done and rest time begins.
Ideal spaces for study include a sturdy table/desk and comfortable chair, plenty of room for the task at hand, excellent lighting with natural light and or full spectrum light bulbs, with all the tools they will need for their studies nearby.
2) If you have the room to give your student their own desk, or a space at one of your counters or tables, try to set them up in the command position. Being in the command position means that they have a sturdy wall behind them and a view of the room and entryway in front of them. This placement gives them a subliminal, but powerful(!) sense of control over their surroundings and situations. If this arrangement isn't possible, try placing a mirror on their desk or wall so that they can have a better sense of security.
3) Encourage your student to keep their space organized and clutter free. A disorganized and crowded space can make completing a task much more challenging, and often creates a sense of confusion or powerlessness. In Feng Shui terms this "clutter" slows down vital chi from nourishing them while they are doing their task. Keeping the area clear and neat, with only pertinent materials in the space, will help keep the energy flowing and the mind focused.
4) Use essential oils and aromatherapy to help energize your student and encourage focus while they study. Some of my favorite essential oils for mental focus and concentration are peppermint, rosemary, lemon and grapefruit. If you don't have a diffuser for essential oils then just put a few drops of the oil on a tissue and place it somewhere on the study space.
5) Create a quiet, comfortable sleeping space in the bedroom where students can rest and re-energize during study breaks or sleep time. Activating "toys" like TV's, cell phones, video games, and laptops are discouraged in the bedroom because they distract from the rest time that is needed. Instead encourage quiet, reflective toys and activities as well as plenty of sleep in the bedroom. (When my kids aren't sleeping they can do quiet activities in their room like reading, drawing/coloring, and imaginative play with their stuffed animal and dolls. For them, these are activities that "fill them up" and re-energize them without burning them out.)
All of this seems like common sense, right? But it makes a big difference! How do you encourage good study habits from your kids/students? I'd love to hear what works - or not - for you.
Happy school year!