Writing essays

An Easy “A” He Might Overlook: Teacher Comments

Teacher comments are gold. Many students ignore them or give them a cursory glance. I’ve seen these students make the same mistakes over and over until I step in and have them look more closely. So sit him down and look at them together. Why? They’re a specific, straightforward way to raise his grade. Could be […]

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How She Can Tackle an Essay Question

Essay questions for English and history class essays come in different flavors – level of complexity, type, etc. Here are some tips to help her get through the prompt effectively so she can devote the most time to the actual writing part. TRANSLATE THE PROMPT Trying to write an essay with a prompt that confuses her is a very […]

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When your teen writes an essay, grammar can be either a snap or the bane of his existence. An easy guide can help out. Two books I have used over the years to help my high school students with grammar for writing papers are Barron’s Painless Grammar and CliffsNotes Writing: Grammar, Usage, and Style). I […]

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Pacing Herself When Writing In Class

In-class writing for English or history has its stresses and fear of running out of time is top of the list. Help her out by talking about how to pace herself so she isn’t scrambling to finish or having to stop two thirds of the way through. The typical high school period can be from […]

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