- I have taught hundreds of third grade and older students how to write expository, persuasive and narrative essays.
- I have helped graduate students write successful essays to apply for law schools and for fellowships.
- I have worked with many students on how to complete the 25-minute SAT essay.
- I focus on developing and organizing a good idea, and on especially on revising.
I take the student through the many steps for a successful essay, offering help whenever the student needs it.
- First, I offer ideas on a topic to write about. If the student has an idea, I offer ideas to refine the idea into something manageable.
- Next, I ask the student to create a prewriting organizer—usually a mind web or a modified timeline, helping the student subdivide his topic, if necessary.
- Most students’ plans have too little detail, so I insist on ten or more points for each subheading of the essay. If the student needs help, I ask questions to draw more and more detail out of the student. If the student doesn’t know how to write down ideas, I show him.
- For some students, the first sentence is the hardest. I offer suggestions on how to begin, and we talk over the introduction.
- If the student has trouble writing a first draft, I intervene as necessary.
- The biggest help I can offer is often in revising. I ask the student to analyze verbs and sentence openings. He calculates the average number of words per sentence and, if that number is small, I offer ways to increase the ideas in each sentence, and let him watch me do that kind of work—usually improving the sentence structure at the same time.
- Now the student is ready for the final draft and for editing.
- Lastly, I publish the essays of those students who are willing on my website.
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