The examinations are the judge of the learning environment which analyses our performance and shapes our careers. The classroom and the exam halls plays a very crucial role in a student’s educational experience. But what if during the exam a student’ mind is distracted by annoying noises in the background? Would they be able to perform their best taking over the world after passing with flying colors? To prevent degrading performance in the exam hall here are some sound hacks:
1. Constructing from the scratch
Believe it or not, actually building a soundproof room from scratch is a lot easier than soundproofing it later. After the floors and walls have been installed, you have to spend a lot more to silence an already constructed room.
If the examination hall is yet to be undergoing construction, then the best decision is to communicate with the contractor about sound blocking options. Even if the room is already built and in use, you can always find ways to strip it the walls and floors and start over with scratch with acoustic absorbers.
But, the affair would be messy and inconvenient and if the hall is in use, then it would be a big problem because this process requires time to achieve success.
2. Silencing an already built room
If the institution authorities cannot afford to strip down the room and then again construct it from scratch then there is no need to be fretted. These are some quick and easy tips to silence your already finished room:
• Use a white noise system
A new way to block out unwanted noise from any room is by using a white noise system. This machine works with a modus operandi of masking the noise with soft sounds, like that of moving air, known as white noise. It has acquired popularity in schools, colleges, and even offices for its skills to soundproof any room irrespective of the intensity of the sound.
• Sealing gaps and vent
If the doors and windows of an examination hall had worn out thereby giving rise to several gaps, then these are the culprit. It is for this reason that even after tightly closing the doors and the windows, noise manages to creep in the examination hall interrupting the concentration of the examinees.
Examine the doors and windows and look for gaps and creaks. If found, talk to a professional about filling these and always opt for the option which would be long-lasting.
Apart from gaps, electric outlets and vents can also be big problem makers as air can enter within these narrow gaps taking along noise with it.
• Make the décor of the room a bit softer.
Although an educational institution is certainly not the best place to showcase soft and cuddly decors, you have to make some alterations in order to reduce noise. Sounds, in general, have an affinity to jump and bounce on hard and flat objects present within the room. Surfaces include glass, floor tiling, and wooden floor. All you have to is to soften the rough surfaces. If possible add plush seating arrangements in the examination hall or make the most of a few potted plants (yes, it helps).
While you are at this job make sure to cover the tough tiles with a soft carpet to maximize the quietness.
3. Soundproofing the walls of the hall
You might have heard the famous saying that walls have ears. If the walls are thinner, then it shouldn’t be a wonder why the person on the other side of the wall can hear your every talk and sense your every move. And since it is an examination hall we are talking about, thinner walls allow bustling sounds from the other side to enter into the quiet and calm exam atmosphere.
• Hang attractive acoustic panels
These are nothing but boards or heavy fabrics which you can hang in the walls. Acoustic art panels available in a range of shades of themes would easily fit in the décor of a classroom without looking out of place. As mentioned, sounds love bouncing up from hard surfaces, and acoustic absorption panels absorb the sound while it hits the wall and prevents it from causing interference. This method of acoustic absorption has able to garner acclamation for its efficiency in reducing noise within any room size effortlessly.
• Consider blocking the walls with bookshelves.
As it is the ambiance of an educational institution we are discussing, adding a bookcase to muffle up noises would be an excellent option. If you are going to consider this option make sure to buy a customized one so that the built-in fits aptly without creating any gaps between the walls, floor, and ceiling. The stack of books on the bookshelf will resist the vibration thereby lessening the sound transmission.
4. Soundproofing the floors
Again a hard surface, the sound will find a way to bounce through it and cause concentration woes to the examinees. So to ensure that the examinees are not interrupted with noises resonating from the floors you can consider trying out these options.
• Thick rug but not fancy looking ones, please.
A fanciful rug wouldn’t complement the professional décor of an examination room, thus pick something which wouldn’t catch attention.
• A high-density rubber mat to go beneath it
If you feel that the noise is so severe it cannot be squashed by a rug then you can stuff a rubber mat beneath it. The combined power of these two will keep your flooring absolutely sound proof.
5. Soundproofing windows
If the institution lies in the heart of a city and the traffic noise becomes unbearable at times then attaching window inserts is a favorable choice. This way the décor of a classroom wouldn’t have to be compromised all the while blocking noises from the classroom.
These were some of the basic and the easy tips you can incorporate to silence a classroom. When the examinations are, please instruct the other students not to give rise to bustling noises.