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Tips for online-schooling during COVID-19

As our country goes into the extended lockdown due to COVID-19, online-schooling continues. As online-schooling is a new experience for most teenagers, it can result in restlessness and lack of focus. Here are a few tips to help you maintain your attention during online lessons and ensure that your learning is not hindered amid the pandemic

As online-schooling continues with the extended lockdown, most of us teenagers are getting restless and disoriented. We miss running around our school hallways, chatting with our friends and simply attending classes with our favorite teachers.

As a teenager myself, I have felt the same demotivation and unproductiveness as most of you. So here are a few tips that I have developed in consultation with Teentalk’s Counsellor that will help you focus during your virtual-school lessons and make the most of online-schooling
 

  • Have a designated study area

Assign a particular spot in your house as your study area. This could be your study table or any place where you are isolated from the noise of your household and able to concentrate easily. Having a dedicated study area which is distinguished from your relaxation area will help you stay focused and, on the other hand, help you confine your academic stress to your study area. This will also help your brain condition itself to be serious and focus every time you sit in your study area. For instance, if you choose to study in your room, your hall could be your relaxation area. Avoid studying in different places around the house or moving your study location as it will be difficult to focus.
 

  • Choose a workplace with sunlight

Most of us are attending virtual classes for 4-5 hours and some even up to 8 hours. This means that we are glued to our screens for long hours at a stretch and our eyes are exposed to the artificial light of our laptop or computer screens. Picking a study area that is washed with enough natural light becomes essential to help relax your eyes. Sunlight is a steady source of light which helps reduce the strain on your eyes, preventing the effects of myopia also called short-sightedness. Moreover, natural light stimulates the production of the hormone melatonin in your body which indirectly increases attentiveness. 
 

  • Have a neat and organised work space

​​​​​​As you try to replicate your school desks at home, make sure your desk is tidy and equipped with all the material you need. A neat work space will help your mind declutter and give you a sense of control. Ensure that your desk is free of all distractions, including your phone, to help you concentrate. It’s a good idea to have your supplies - stationary, notebooks, textbooks- close to you and organised neatly. This will prevent you from having to get up in the middle of classes to look for material and instead make you feel prepared for your lessons during online-schooling

 

  • Get up from your chair

You are likely to get restless and frustrated if you sit continually for long hours during your online-schooling. Give yourself breaks between lessons and take a minute to stand up and stretch yourself or to take a short walk around your house. This will help your brain relax, help it retain the new information that it has learnt and prevent it from cramming. Taking out an hour for any form of physical activity after your lessons is imperative for de-stressing and releasing endorphins in your body to elevate positive feelings
 

  • Revise your lessons with your friends

​​​​​​Online-schooling can get boring especially when you’re locked down and can’t go out to meet your friends. Revising what you have learnt with your friends through video call can be an interesting way to revise what you have learned and clear your doubts. This is also a great way to build interest in your work and stimulate the onset of dopamine, a hormone that helps you stay motivated and work towards your goals 
 

  • RELAX!

​​​​​​​Give yourself time to relax and engage in the things you love doing. Try out different non-academic activities as they can prove to be great stress-busters. Lastly, as they say, ‘the key to success is focusing on your goals, not obstacles’; so, keep in mind that this pandemic will end and you will be back to school- but till then, make the most of online-schooling!

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Everything you need to know about Stammering / Stuttering

Stuttering is OKAY because what I say is worth repeating. - The Stuttering Foundation
Snigdha Teentalkindia Counsellor

“I feel awkward while starting a conversation with someone whom I am meeting for the first time and who don’t know about my stammering. A lot of things are going on in my mind at that point -- how they’ll react, what they’ll think, I must be wasting their time and they might be thinking the same thing. I feel worst when someone completes my sentence before I could, I feel ashamed. It is something that I faced since childhood. I got bullied in school for this by my classmates.”

Well, this is about the feelings and experiences of a person who has stammering issues since childhood. Some of us might have come across people who stammer or stutters while talking. Some of us have many questions in their mind regarding this like what is actually happening with them? Why they stutter? Is it for a few moments or they always talk like this? Do they have some disease or disability? Is there any cure for that? How they cope with this situation?

In this article, you will find the answers to all the questions.

What is stammering/stuttering?

It is a speech disorder where a person finds it hard to start a word or they repeat words. Their lips and jaws may tremble, their eyes may blink faster while they try to speak something.

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, some individuals who stutter appear extremely tense or out of breath when they talk. Their speech may be completely “blocked”.

Stuttering is common when a child first tries to speak and most children tend to overcome this until the age of 5. Nearly 1 percent of the population experience this till adolescence or adulthood and that’s when they will need professional help and speech therapies to overcome challenges while speaking.

Some of the Bollywood celebrities also experienced stammering –

Hritik Roshan suffered from stuttering and he took speech therapy to speak fluently. He still does speech exercises daily.

Sameera Reddy also spoke about her struggles to overcome a stammering problem. 

Causes of Stuttering –

Although there is no specific cause for this but by collecting scientific evidence, it can be said that stuttering/stammering is genetic as well as neurological. But if it has been detected early then it won’t take long to fix.

Although psychological factors do contribute to worsening this issue for the individuals who already have it. Stress, social anxiety embarrassment, nervousness, and low self-esteem are some of the psychological factors.

Treatment -  

The treatment of a person who stutters is possible. A trained speech therapist can help in this situation. There are various therapies used by speech therapists like fluency shaping therapy, stuttering modification therapy, electronic fluency therapy, etc which helps the person to stutter less and speak fluently.

 

How to talk to a person who stutters?

The first thing to keep in mind as listeners that people who stutter have many things to share and they want to communicate with others as anyone else. If someone doesn’t maintain an eye-contact, stare at other things while they are talking, it might seem insulting to them and their stuttering might get worsened as they feel more nervous.

The listener's focus should be on the information they are trying to receive rather than how they are receiving it. Exuding a patient, attentive and calm attitude while listening to them helps them speak without feeling anxious.

Sometimes without the intention of being disrespectful, we do some mistakes like completing the sentences for them or telling them to relax for some time. We might be saying these things to make them feel comfortable but these can make them more nervous and anxious and worsen their speech. 

In the end, we all need to keep one thing in mind. They’re just like us, just as smart as us. So we must make them feel like they’re just like us, instead of making them feel awkward about something they’re already uncomfortable. 

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