Posts Tagged ‘essay writing’

22
May

How To Succeed at Essay Writing

It’s the moment every parent dreads: when your child sits there, glum-faced, looking at a blank piece of paper in front of them. They have a rapidly-approaching deadline for their essay, and nothing, but nothing you do as a parent seems to help them get any closer to completion. What can you do to help? The answer is: quite a lot.

Producing a successful essay can be one of the most arduous parts of the schooling process, and yet, the need to write an essay is everywhere: from English literature, to economics, to physics, geography, classical studies, music, and history. To succeed, at high school and in tertiary study you must master essay writing.

Getting students over this barrier was one of the reasons I put pen to paper four years ago and produced a book called Write That Essay! At that stage, I was a senior academic at Auckland University and a university examiner. For nearly 20 years, in both course work and examinations, I had counselled everyone from 17-year-old ‘newbies’ to 40-year-old career changers with their essay writing. Often, the difference between a student who might achieve a B-Grade and the A-Grade student was just some well-placed advice and direction.

I then visited over 50 New Zealand High Schools and spoke with over 8000 kiwi kids about essay writing. These students reported exactly the same challenges as I had previously encountered, and more. The result has been two books and a DVD that have helped kids achieve some of the potential that sits inside all of us.

In this article I am going to deal with some things you can do as a parent to help your child succeed at essay writing. Because writing great essays is well within every child’s grasp.

Tips for essay writing success:

1. It’s an argument

Remember that an essay is an argument: the task in an essay is not to write a story or to recount a plot. The teacher knows all of this information. In an essay your child’s job is to present a compelling argument-using specific evidence-for the point they are trying to make.

2. Write a plan: you’ll be pleased that you did

Get your child to write a brief list-plan of the topics that their essay needs to cover. Even a short plan is better than no plan at all, and will start to give the writer a feeling that completing an essay on that topic is well within their grasp.

If your child is a visual learner, move away from the desk and go to a neutral space. Grab a large sheet of blank A3 paper and some coloured pens, and brainstorm a mind map or sketch plan of what the essay should contain. Using pictures, lines, circles, and arrows will all help the visual learner grasp the task at hand and help them see what they have to do.

3. Getting Started

A challenge many kids (and adults) face writing essays is getting started. The person sits there waiting for inspiration to hit them like a lightening bolt and it never happens. What can you as a parent do to help?

Encourage them with the thought that great essays are never written the first time over. Get them to view essay writing as a three-part process. The first draft is only to get out the ideas and words in rough form. In the second and third effort, they will add to their essay where there are blanks, clarify ideas, and give it a final polish. Realising that an essay isn’t supposed to be perfect the first time you write it, really helps some people.

4. Having enough to say

If your child is still stuck, find out if they have read up enough on the topic. Some inertia with writing can be due to lack of knowledge. They will find writing so much easier if they spend another day or two reading more on the topic and gleaning some additional ideas.

5. Try using a neutral sentence

Suggest starting the essay with a neutral sentence: a sentence that merely states an interesting fact on the topic being written about. Here’s one: ‘Mozart was one of the most important Austrian composers of the eighteenth century.’ First sentences in essays don’t need to be stellar – you just need to start!

Now, go write that essay!

Titles available in this series:

Write That Essay! (for tertiary students)

Write That Essay! High School Edition

Write That Essay! High School Edition Box Set (includes book, DVD and worksheets)

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05
Nov

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29
Oct

English essay

Developing good writing skills can help you go a long way in churning out a career in professional writing. If you have a strong fundamental grasp over English you can polish it further to develop into a professional writer.
English essay writing is one of the most commonly used forms of writing and it is used to test the skills of students during different stages of their academic curricula. We will try to analyze in this article how best we can write an English essay and what are the critical factors that should be taken note of.

Reputed English scholars have said that the basic problem with essay writing lies in writers only describing about facts and not analyzing why those facts happened. This makes an essay shallow and the reader may lose interest after reading the initial few paragraphs. It is important that you establish the theme of the essay first and then let it flow the normal course by using metaphors, symbolic moments, or important incidents to relate to the overall story. This is what makes the essay interesting and holds the readers interest. It is important that we relate the text of the essay to the time that it is set. This is extremely important as this makes it easy for the reader to relate the theme to the reality prevailing at that point in time. Another critical factor that writers may face while writing an essay is to distinguish between the author and the speaker. A speaker is someone who is telling their story in the essay but the author is someone who has jotted down the essay. When writing an essay we should always have a unified argument, try to link the ideas as this will make the storyline flow smoothly and keep a track of the important points that we want to bring out in the essay.

When writing English essay be very focused on the parameters as outlined in the topic. This alone will help you to help your assessor or reader to interpret your thoughts on the topic. There are different ways that assessors analyze an essay. Hence to keep ourselves on a safer side we should always try to bring out the topic theme is the best way possible. There are few important points that an assessor looks into when he is analyzing an essay. Understanding of the subject, clear statements to support arguments, supporting your arguments with references and drawing a conclusion are the main factors that are looked in an essay. It is important that you analyze the topic given and frame your thoughts in a clear and crisp manner. In the development stage it is always advisable that if you have any doubts you should always get it clarified. Once you have completed the essay it is important that you review the essay to evaluate your arguments. Draw a convincing conclusion to close the essay.

English essay writing is a skill which develops with experience. Following the basic guidelines of essay writing can help you develop high standards of essay.

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