Essay writing can be a painful task if you are working against a deadline and are running out of ideas. And, as parents, when you see your child go through that struggle, you need to step and save them. There are many ways to encourage your child to do better in writing essays.
Go by examples
If there is an essay on a particular subject, dig up other people’s essays on the same subject. Once your child runs through them all, work with him or her to form a structure and format of points to be mentioned in the essay. Your child will be able to understand how the same topic has been covered from different angles, various approaches and multiple styles and will create his or her own style.
Have a vocabulary book
One of the biggest challenges is expressing your thoughts and opinions about a particular topic in words. Having a vocabulary book will not only improve your child’s language but give him or she write concisely and effectively. Your child will note down any new word or tough pronunciation and run through a dictionary to learn its meaning and pronunciations.
Always quote the experts
When you quote an expert, you are giving credibility to your essay. Help your child with this expert reference and let them decide which quote should go into the essay. An expert opinion also endorses your child’s arguments about a topic and allows him or her to rationalise his or her points. In addition, your child will be able to expand his or her knowledge when he or she researches on the various experts that are on the subject.
Statistics are best for comparisons
Encourage your child to find data or statistics on the topic. Statistics help in breaking down the point into numbers of comparison making it easy to understand the opinion. Inadvertently, your child also learns the multiple concepts of statistics and will be able to effectively quote them in the essay. Statistics also add authenticity to your child’s point of view.
Essay writing tuitions
Sometimes, when nothing works, the best option is to enrol your child into GP tuition so that he or she will be able to cross the hurdle of essay writing. These classes encourage your child to put forth his or her points over a subject and have healthy debates and discussions which only go to improving your child’s confidence.