The back-to-school season is upon us again with most children back in a week, settling into their new environments. And with colleges preparing to welcome students back in the coming weeks, we felt there is no better time to give you some tips to create a study environment at home. As a parent, you may be dealing with this and the added pressure of your own arrival back to the office.

Dedicate a study and homework space.

One of the best ways to efficiently get homework done at home is to have a specific space that you study in. You might have a home office, but if you don’t, find somewhere else that you can work in. You’ll want a space big enough to lay out your books and notes, as well as a space where you feel comfortable enough to sit in for a couple hours at a time.

Remove distractions.

You probably won’t be able to get homework done if you’re spread out in the living room with the TV on. You might also want to get away from rooms that will be heavily used while you’re working, such as the kitchen.

Try to schedule a set study time.

Your days and weeks might vary, but having a set study time can help you dedicate yourself to what you need to get done each week. If your weekdays are busy, schedule a homework session every Saturday morning before you get out and enjoy the day. Then you have the rest of the day to relax or explore!

Inform your family or roommates.

If you don’t live alone, it can be a good idea to tell your family or roommates when and where you’ll be doing your homework. This way, they won’t distract you and keep you from getting your work done.

Keep things organized.

One of the most important ways to ensure you get your homework done successfully at home is to keep your books, notes, and other school materials organized. Keep them in the same place when you’re done using them. If you have kids, you might want to also keep your things where they can’t reach in case they start coloring all over your lecture notes.