How to Be the Best Essay Writing Coach to Your Kids

How to Be the Best Essay Writing Coach to Your Kids

Essay writing is a skill that must be taught by the teacher to his or her student / Photo by: Dmytro Zinkevych via 123rf

 

As a general rule, essay writing has been utilized by teachers to provide students with an opportunity to learn more about a topic of specific interest. With this in mind, students are expected to create a well-written essay to show their ability to communicate through the written language. So, how well they write typically demonstrates their ability to give attention to detail and ability to follow instructions.

Without a doubt, a weakness in this skill brings about detrimental effect to a child’s academic performance. In some cases, students are tempted to plagiarize or claim the work of others to be their own for the purpose of fulfilling this dreadful task. Parents must not wait until, as there are practical and easy ways to solve this puzzle.

 

Know Exactly What They Mean

Used the famous essayist, Aldous Huxley’s definition of PatternBasedWriting essay: “Essay is a technique used by writers to produce a special effect in saying everything about almost anything.” This definition, quite fuzzy though as it may seem, is said to be a “matter-of-fact” statement.

To clearly understand the definition of essay, experts advise using the “comparison strategy”. This strategy compares the meaning of essay to other types of writing. As such,

-Essay is written according to a writer’s own perspective, thus ideas are supported by generally known truth

-Fiction is written from imagination, thus some ideas may not be true or factual

Hence, Huxley’s definition is crystal clear, for one thing – “saying everything”; discussing, exploring, describing, and analyzing a topic. Another thing is “about almost anything”: author’s point of view based on opinions, experiences, analysis, knowledge or research.

Know Exactly What to Write

Crafting information is made easy by the use of “Tell Them” model. It is scientifically proven that if the information is repeated at least three times, the audience is most likely to remember it more quickly than if it was stated one time or less. The model is broken out like this:

Tell them what you are going to tell them (Introduction)

Let your child write something to give the reader an idea of what to expect. First the topic can be introduced, then explain the purpose why he/she is writing it, also give an idea of what is to be told.

Tell them about it (body paragraph)

Let your child address every idea in detail. You may ask them to give examples, explain functions or tell the similarities and differences. Make sure that all ideas are supported by specific details.

Tell them what you told them (conclusion)

Let your child reiterate what he/she talked about by summarizing the big ideas. Discourage repeating the idea word for word. This is helpful to gather all the things he/she talked about into a unified ending.

Provide Practical Examples

According to Lois Beldon, explaining the concepts, paragraph flow, logical structure, and sentence style is not enough. This will be otherwise confusing for a child and will just lead to boredom or discouragement.

What kids need are simple and realistic examples that will show how their essays should look like. Good quality essays are useful to serve as their model for writing. It is equally important to show an essay that is not well-written to provide a non-example to prevent kids from making mistakes.

Beldon says that when a good example is right before their eyes, ideas will no longer be far-fetched hence the writing process will not be exhausting. Nonetheless, keep an eye on the kids’ vulnerability as they are likely to copy the ideas or the works of others. A good explanation and encouragement is a good strategy for this effect.

Give your students real examples on how to make an essay / Photo by: Cathy Yeulet via 123rf

 

Practice Makes Perfect

“Nothing can teach essay writing than essay writing itself.” This is definitely a very interesting line of Mahak Aurora. The real sense of this statement is that the more kids write essays, the more they get used to it and the more they would find it easy.

According to Aurora, practice makes a kid learn to think forward. As they keep on trying their best to successfully write down their ideas about a certain point, their mind, by its own nature, will exhaust all the possibilities for the points to be used in the next part.

This regular mind exercise will awaken the kids’ sleeping writing instinct and when done regularly will hone them to become perfect in terms of writing with strong logical sense. Without a doubt, practice makes perfect writers even during circumstances when they would be writing under time pressure.

Make your kis practice on how to write and essay / Photo by: Wavebreak Media Ltd via 123rf

 

Don’t Burn the Kids’ Mind Out

Aurora further suggests that all efforts spent for practicing, introducing tips and strategies as well as brainstorming ideas will be going nowhere once the learner starts to get bored in writing an essay. When kids are in some sort of doing the same thing over and over again, it will make them feel that they are pressured to write better and faster and to write and write and write. In other words, kids will be burnt out in this process.

Aurora’s advice is to allow the child to take a break and let them do other activities to unwind. During breaks, the child may be given some kind of reward such as letting them use a tablet or perhaps letting them play.

The good thing is, according to Aurora, “their brain still continues to function in the background unknown to us”. This is the reason why new and better ideas come out when they get back to write again after unwinding.