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 isnt supposed to be perfect the first time you write it really helps some people.
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.
Essay assistance is exactly the type of coursework help which students at all levels can benefit from. There is no question of such essay assistance infringing any academic codes of conduct. It would of course be totally wrong for academic writing to depend on outside help such as ghosting or plagiarism and strict standards govern the type of essay assistance which can be legitimately offered.