Emphasis for learning is very seldom placed on writing, and yet it is the
cornerstone of a successful student. The ability to communicate effectively
and outline ideas and understanding is central to getting good grades.
When students are able to express themselves confidently, they will succeed
in learning and in life.
According to plan
Ask your child what their process is for writing assignments and essays.
You may be shocked to find that they don’t really have a process
or that their process is a generic one that doesn’t really fit with
their learning style.
Work together with teachers and tutors to find a process that suits your
child’s learning style. For example, visual learners may need to
create a mind map where all the most important points are drawn into a
diagram and the connections between them are illustrated too. Then they
can see their assignment in visual terms and that makes it easier for
them to write a coherent essay.
This is a hard sell with most kids as things move so quickly thanks to
the internet, that they just want to get the task done and move onto the
next one. However, improving your writing can only be done effectively
Teachers may have too many students and classes to help with revisions,
so this task may fall to you or your
in-home tutor. Discussing where the assignment falls short of the teacher’s expectations
and how it can be improved in a supportive, constructive atmosphere will
help your child to grow as a writer.
Be cognizant of the fact that preparing a first draft and having time for
revision takes excellent organizational and time management skills. Help
your child to plan enough time for each assignment or get a tutor who
is able to teach these kinds of
A great way to motivate your child is to show them just how important writing
really is. Ask them what kinds of careers or jobs they admire most, then
find friends and family members in those lines of work who can explain
the relevance of writing to their success. Knowing the importance of writing
for making it through college assignments, exams and dissertations and
how writing can fuel their success will help to highlight why it is important.
Read… a lot!
One of the most effective ways to improve writing is through reading. Reading
helps students to expand their vocabulary, improve sentence structure
and grasp the intricacies of grammar. You don’t need to foist the
classics on unwilling young readers; allow them to read whatever they
enjoy. From manga to magazines, encourage reading of any nature. Making
reading pleasurable will help them to get through all those high school
Have fun with words
Make writing a fun family tradition. Play lots of word games, have ‘word
of the day’ calendars with rewards for those who use the words in
sentences, write silly poems and limericks, go to poetry slams and read
funny books. Having fun with words, writing and reading will encourage
your children to see writing as a pleasurable pursuit.