Danielle Austin Sep 25, 2018 Essay Template
Its the moment every parent dreads: when your child sits there glum-faced looking at a blank piece of paper in front of them. They have a rapidly-approaching deadline for their essay and nothing but nothing you do as a parent seems to help them get any closer to completion. What can you do to help? The answer is: quite a lot.
Having enough to say If your child is still stuck find out if they have read up enough on the topic. Some inertia with writing can be due to lack of knowledge. They will find writing so much easier if they spend another day or two reading more on the topic and gleaning some additional ideas. Try using a neutral sentence Suggest starting the essay with a neutral sentence: a sentence that merely states an interesting fact on the topic being written about. Heres one: Mozart was one of the most important Austrian composers of the eighteenth century. First sentences in essays dont need to be stellar - you just need to start!
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.
The perception that no part of the essay writing process can be "systematized" (i.e. repeated over and over again) is flawed. It overlooks the fact that the structure of virtually every type of essay follows the same format. American high school English classes focus almost exclusively on the content of an essay. Since each essay assignment deals with new subject matter students assume that all essays are different. They dont realize that "topic" is an irrelevant factor. There is very little discussion about the format of a properly structured essay.
Talk to your high school counselor or your college adviser. They can give you some essay examples and you can have them proofread your essay once you are done writing it these professionals will have insight into what the admissions officers are looking for in an essay. And it is always a good idea to have one or two people read over your finished essay in order to make sure there are no grammatical errors.