Benefits of Studying Outside

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Mar 12, 2018

The sun is shining; the birds are chirping; and, the students are headed outside. As the weather gets warmer, you will find many classes taking place outside. While it may seem like just a break or change in scenery, there are real benefits to hitting the books in the great outdoors.

There are various studies showing that being outdoors decreases stress and is restorative. In fact, one study suggests that just looking at beautiful nature photos can boost one's mental energy.  Did you know that science suggests that studying outside actually increases concentration? Two different studies gave groups mental tasks such as memory tests and proofreading. The groups that spent time in nature before completing the tasks performed better than those who walked in the city or even spent time relaxing. Another study found that students with ADHD concentrated much better after spending 20 minutes in a park. 

At Villa Madonna Academy, teachers often take advantage of sunny days and the beautiful campus. One can find Algebra II students learning equations; French and Spanish students practicing equations; and chemistry students learning about melting points. So drive with caution; students at work!