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02/08/2017

Essay Writing Tips

As students get older, essay writing tends to become part of their routine at school. Essays are also very common in college, so it's important that your child starts practicing and preparing for this future activity.

Choose a Topic and Tone

Before starting any essay, your child will need to know the topic they will be writing about. Often, an essay assigned as homework comes with a clear prompt or question that must be answered. Essays can be academic and focus on a book that the class just finished reading or they can be less formal and based on opinion. Some prompts are less specific and give your child the opportunity to choose their own topic. A literary essay that asks your child to write about the main theme of a book will differ from a personal statement that asks your child to write about an important aspect of their identity. The first example will be written in the third person, take an academic tone, and will need research to reinforce your child's writing. A personal statement doesn't require research, will be written in the first person, and will have a more personal tone. Be sure your child understands how to meet the requirements of the assignment before starting to write.

Create a Thesis Statement

Your child's essay will need to include a thesis statement which will set the tone for their paper. A thesis statement explains the topic of the essay, the point of the essay, and your child's stance. An example of a thesis statement is: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby demonstrates through Jay Gatsby that a glamorous life full of parties, people, and wealth isn't what is needed to find true happiness. This statement tells you the topic of the essay is F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, the point of it is discussing the themes of wealth and happiness, and the writer's stance is that wealth doesn't equal happiness. Encourage your child to develop a basic thesis statement so that they can use it as a guideline for their essay. They can always go back and strengthen it once they start writing their essay. For now, however, it works to help your child look for supporting evidence in the book that they can turn into body paragraphs.

Do Some Research

Once your child has their thesis idea, it's time to start doing some research. This research should be aimed at finding supporting evidence for their thesis statement that can strengthen their argument. Have your child look for quotes in the book they're writing about or have them look for relevant information in books, academic journals, or online for other types of essays. Remind them to keep a list of their sources so that they can properly cite them in their writing and in a bibliography.

Create an Outline

With all the information gathered, encourage your child to create an outline that will help them organize their ideas and information. This will help them visualize the structure and flow of their writing, helping them keep it in proper order. Help your child become a great writer by enrolling them in tutoring at The Tutoring Center, Franklin Park NJ. Learn all about their academic programs and how these can help your child reach their academic potential by giving them a call at (732) 419- 3813.

The Components of an Essay

Every essay is made up of three main parts. Be sure your child knows what is required in each part.

Introduction

The introduction of any essay goes at the very beginning. It introduces the reader to the topic and should be interesting enough to hook them. Remind your child to keep it brief since they don't need to explain details yet. Every introduction should end with the thesis statement which will be supported in the following paragraphs.

Body Paragraphs

The body paragraphs of an essay carry the job of proving or strengthening a thesis through supporting evidence. This is where your child's research will be put to use. Each body paragraph should be dedicated to a main idea that supports your child's thesis. These paragraphs should start with a sentence explaining that main idea and should be followed by quotes or facts that support it. Your child can then explain these facts and how they support the thesis.

Conclusion

The conclusion is the last paragraph of an essay, so it's main priority is to bring the paper to a smooth ending. Your child should be brief in their conclusion while being sure to tie together all their main ideas. This is also your child's last chance to reinforce their thesis once more.

The Best Tutoring in Franklin Park NJ

Enrolling your child in tutoring at The Tutoring Center, Franklin Park NJ can help them develop better writing skills this year. To find out more about their academic programs and tutoring approach, contact them at (732) 419- 3813.

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