Writing is one of the most important skills in English that you need to master. Many learners struggle with writing, and it can seem a real struggle to improve. But don’t worry though, you are on the “write” track. At Anchored Education Online Schooling, English is compulsory and seen as an important subject to which special attention should be given.
How Writing Works
In research from Cicerchia (2021), reading requires you to use your receptive skills and make meaning from the language input to which you are exposed too. In writing, you need to create meaning and produce your own language. That is why writing is so difficult, even for native speakers.
Writing begins with translating ideas into language and moving them around so that the reader like the teacher, can easily follow your train of thought. Next, you would need to revise your written work to find the most precise and convincing wording to portray your ideas clearly. Finally, it is important that you make sure that there is no grammar, spelling or formatting errors which might distract the reader to what you are saying. At Anchored Education, the learners have group classes weekly and discuss these critical aspects.
Top Tips To Improve Your Writing
Writing is how you communicate your thoughts and ideas, and it usually speaks volumes about the learner. So, it would be wise to only spread the good scribes around here.
Here are 8 top tips you can do to improve your writing:
- Keep your audience in mind
It is always a wonderful idea to keep your audience in mind or the teacher or person who will be reading your work. Use the appropriate language and format so that your easily understand your thoughts and ideas.
- Read like your life depends on it
The best writers are also keen readers. You as a learner, can easily improve your writing by reading appropriate material for your Grade Level. You don’t learn when you read material that is above your level or too difficult to understand. Reading helps you to see the same words or group of words and sentence patterns repeatedly. Your brain will automatically pick up the spelling, grammar, and sentences with proper punctuation without even realizing that you are learning. Remember diversifying your reading material to get a feel for other forms of writing.
“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”
Keep your writing simple!
In North America they use the principle of K.I.S.S (“Keep it simple, stupid!) to encourage writers to not overcomplicate things or make it too difficult to understand (Melanie, 2016). It doesn’t mean that you are stupid. By following this principle, you can keep your writing simple and straightforward.
Be sure to K.I.S.S your readers in your next writing piece!
- Keep your dictionary close by
The English language can be very challenging at times. Try not to guess a word and don’t just rely on your computer or phone to correct your spelling. It’s best to have your dictionary at your side.
- Brainstorming session
Before you ink the paper, take some time to have a brainstorming session. You can do this by creating a mind map and creating an outline for your piece of writing. Start by writing down any prior knowledge you have about the subject and make a list of vocabulary words that could help articulate your thoughts. Create an outline for your writing piece in advance by placing placeholders for your introduction, paragraphs and conclusion and then use your mind map to fill in the blanks.
- Revise, edit and repeat
The writing process involves writing a sentence or paragraph then going back to re-read what came before. You want to make sure that your thoughts and ideas make sense to your reader. It is also important to make sure that your spelling, grammar, and punctuation is clear and concise. This task may seem daunting to a beginner writer, but it is important to develop the discipline of revising and editing your work until perfection.
- Proofread your work
You are going to make mistakes. We are just human after all. In the process of writing, we spend so much time on our piece that it sometimes become tricky to notice your own errors. Have someone proofread your piece to make sure that you are on the right track.
- Just do it!
Writing might feel like a daunting task, but the best way to improve is to get a pen and paper or sit in front of your computer and to start writing. It might take several attempts to get a successful draft. Don’t get discouraged as even the best writers out there have more than one draft. In the end practice makes perfect!
- Cicerchia, M. (2021). How to improve writing skills in English. Touch-Type Read and Spell (TTRS).[online] Available at: https://www.readandspell.com/how-to-improve-writing-skills-in-English [Accessed 19 November 2021].
- (2018, May 8). How to Improve your English Writing. English Teacher Melanie. [online] Available at: http://www.englishteachermelanie.com/how-to-improve-your-english-writing/ [Accessed: 19 November 2021]
- Shewan, D. (2020, March 5). 16 Easy Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills. WordStream. [online] Available at : https://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2014/08/07/improve-writing-skills [Accessed 19 November 2021]
- (2021, November 9). 5 Simple ways to improve your written English. EF English Live. [online] Available at: https://englishlive.ef.com/blog/language-lab/5-simple-ways-improve-written-english/ [Accessed 19 November 2021]
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Resource: (Verywellfamily, Heidi Coghlan, Updated on October 13, 2021)