Write a plan: youll 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.
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.
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.