Setting Up the Right Learning Environment
It is important that you have a proper and comfortable physical learning space and workstation because you will be spending a good deal of your time there. Here are some tips, especially if you will be working primarily from home:
· Make your work environment as private as possible with no disturbances.
· Make sure your friends and relatives are aware of your schedule and know when not to call or stop by. Turn off the phone if you have to. Try to have a support system in place, whereby your friends and family clearly understand the time you are investing in your education.
· With a well-designed workstation, you can avoid computer-based syndromes, such as the possibility of a repetitive stress injury that could be caused by excessive typing and mouse maneuvering. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, this means that your computer monitor should be stationed just below your eye level when your head is in a straight upright position; your shoulders should be relaxed and your elbows close to your body and supported; your wrists and hands should be in line with your forearms; and your feet should be flat on the floor. For more information about ergonomically proper computer workstations, please see the Occupational Safety a& Health Administrations (OSHA) Guidelines.