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!
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.
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.