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Ella’s Top Tips for Life in Lockdown

Ella, 15, writes for The Buzz about her first week stuck at home

These past few weeks have been probably the weirdest we’ll ever have to get through.

There have been things, like the lack of school, which seem wonderful at first but prove to be a little tricky for the first few days in. There have also been tasks which perhaps seemed daunting at first, but turn out a lot easier with practice, especially learning from home

I’ve seen lots of tips for working from home in the media and this past week I’ve tried and tested a lot of them too. The truth is that how you choose to work from home is just like your communication needs or hearing levels. It might be different from your friends and that’s ok.  

That being said, here is what works for me personally:

  • Write out a list of all the tasks and bits of work you are going to do today, you can leave out any you might do for the moment. (I normally do this as soon as I wake up)
  • Find your own individual working space – you don’t have to have a lot of room necessarily – I just use a shelf on my bookcase and a beanbag at the end of my bed.
  • Find a way to change what you’re wearing between working time and relaxing time. You could change your hairstyle or try wearing slippers when relaxing and socks when you’re working. You could even change into your school uniform if you’re really enthusiastic!
  • Make sure to follow your routine with hearing devices to some extent. I always put them in as soon as I wake up and take them off for any big bits of work (like essays or tests).
  • Don’t bully yourself about how much work you get done. It can be difficult without the classroom support to know if you’re achieving and understanding what you should be. Times are weird at the moment. If you’re feeling stressed about your classroom progress then just stick to doing one hour of that subject on a day you would normally have that lesson. That is all your teachers can expect of you.
  • Although if you want to extend yourself then make sure to contact your teachers for more work! I’m sure they’d be glad to hear your enthusiasm
  • It’s not all academic – you could try doing something different: baking, knitting, washing, watching a play, writing, reading poetry. All these things are useful life skills too. What better time to learn how to do the dishes than when you’re stuck inside?
  • Keep in touch with your school support staff if you can/if you have them. I normally see my communication support worker five days a week, every week, so it’s been weird not seeing her recently. We are doing weekly facetime calls instead. 

The most important thing to remember is that this is such a leap from normality. We’re never going to get a time like this again. Enjoy of it what you can. If you just need a day or two to chill, I’d say get the work with a deadline done, then just chill. 

The truth is that when it comes to independent learning tasks, deaf students boss it. Get all our schoolwork done without having to listen to a teacher go on and on? This is what we’ve been training for our whole lives! 

Do what work you can, but it’s likely that if you’re stressing then everyone else your age is too. So, enjoy the lay ins, enjoy the Netflix marathons, enjoy this opportunity to do all the (inside) things you’ve always wanted to do. Put your mental health first, then your schoolwork

Ella, 15, was on the NDCS Young Peoples Advisory Board


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