What's the best way to do homework on the weekend? I have trouble with this because everyone in my house is home or getting ready to go out.

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Find a low-traffic area of the house and set a schedule to get your homework done on weekends.

Weekends can be difficult times to get things done.  There are many distractions pulling you in different directions.  Often people who do not have homework want you to go with them...

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Find a low-traffic area of the house and set a schedule to get your homework done on weekends. 

Weekends can be difficult times to get things done.  There are many distractions pulling you in different directions.  Often people who do not have homework want you to go with them and do something.  It can be frustrating to have to choose between friends and family and textbooks.  Although every situation is unique, here are a few tips to make it easier to finish homework:

First of all, you need to choose where you work carefully.  This is not always possible, but finding a room that does not get a lot of people going in and out is key.  For example, working in your bedroom might be easier than working at the dinner table where people are always around.  If you have your own room, this will be easier.  If you don’t, you need to identify a room that is not being used and get permission to use it. 

It is also important to talk to your family and friends.  Explain to them that you really need time to study.  Hopefully, they will be understanding and stay out of your way.  If you have siblings, try enlisting your parents’ help to keep them away from you.  There is also always bribery!  It is helpful to create and keep a consistent schedule.  If your friends and family know you will be free after a certain time, they may leave you alone until then. 

Time management may also be helpful here.  It might help if you can arrange your schedule so you complete most of your work on the weekdays when everyone else is also busy.  If there really is no place in your house where you can be alone, try a library or coffee shop.  Some libraries have study rooms you can reserve, and they also often have quiet computer sections.  If you just need a place to read, find a park bench in a little-used area. 

Finally, you can find ways to reduce distractions.  Some people find headphones helpful because they can listen to music and drown out other sounds.  As long as the music does not distract you, this might be an option for you.  Even if everyone around you is creating a racket, you may not notice. 

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