In a world where tweets and texting rules, the art of writing is feeling
the pinch. If you have lol’ed and btw.’ed your way through
life, writing essays, letters and reports can be a challenge. Improving
your writing skills can be a real asset. When you are writing reports
and essays, your skill as a writer determines your ability to effectively
communicate your ideas. No matter how well you know your stuff, if you
are not able to effectively communicate your ideas, you will not get the
grades you deserve.
Writing well not only enables you to effectively communicate, it also
saves time. When you can write quickly and concisely, you have more time
to spend on constructing essays and answering questions. Good writing
skills will be a huge asset when you have to deal with the increased work
volumes in high school and especially in college. Take a little time every
day to work on your writing skills and soon you will be enjoying better grades!
Read more: The more you read, the better your spelling, vocabulary and sentence structures.
Reading doesn’t have to be confined to academic texts; read whatever
you find interesting. Look up words you don’t understand so you
can improve your vocabulary too.
Keep it short and sweet: When it comes to writing, less really is more. Try to keep to one fact
per sentence and write in a concise manner. While you may think that your
teacher will be impressed by volume, you are sorely mistaken. Teachers
have to mark many papers and those that take fewer sentences to state
facts clearly will definitely come out on top!
It’s all in the planning: Make an outline for your essay before you write it. Be sure to include
an introduction and a conclusion that outline the salient points. Knowing
where you are going is the best way to clear, concise writing.
Editing helps: Once you have completed your writing task, it’s essential to edit
it. If you are working on an assignment, read your piece aloud; you’ll
be amazed at how different it sounds. It’s also best to edit your
article the next day when you have a fresh perspective. If you are writing
an exam, answer a couple of other questions and then come back to your
essay and read it again.
Write first, then edit: This may sound intuitive, but if you have ever stared at a blank page
and had no idea what to write, it means you are editing yourself before
you’ve even begun. If you can talk, you can write—so just
get it all down. It’s much easier to edit paragraphs you have already
written than it is to edit your thoughts.
Get a tutor: if you are still struggling as a writer, you may need some help.
A tutor will be able to identify which areas you need help with and give you exercises
that help develop your writing skills. Learning to write well is an asset
that will stand you in good stead throughout your academic and professional careers.