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.
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.
A regular freelance writer and poet. I have a personal storehouse of over 500 poems more than a dozen short stories. I have written in newspapers magazines and journals for a net of over 10 years. I started with writing early in school and have never looked back since.