When you were born, you were slowly exposed to the world day by day until it came to the point when you were sent off for school. Of course, it all started with the basics that included learning the ABC's, being introduced to words through concepts brought by images, and then on to colors, pronunciation and the likes. While in pre-school, there are lesser hours for classes and lighter load per session because children have lesser tolerance for all work if compared to play, and they also need as much rest while they are developing physically and mentally. Later on, when they reach secondary and tertiary levels, they will be introduced to essay writing together with all other major subjects, and they are in for a ride.
Writing is very essential in school. Without it, we can never spell out words on print, which if succeeded with word after word could turn into a sentence, then a paragraph and to a whole article itself. Writing in the sense of developing penmanship is very important because how else would the teacher and other people be able to understand what you are trying to say if all they see are almost close to doodles and scribbles? Meanwhile, writing in terms of using words, sentences and paragraphs to form thoughts is another thing, and it should be understandable in a sense that the ideas are seamlessly expressed, one point to the other. Write clearly in penmanship and express your thoughts with clarity, that's how the two will come off best.
Essay writing will always be encountered by students, especially since it is a way of testing their understanding of a certain topic, whether pre or post discussion. Of course, there's the usual objective type of exam where there are closed ended choices that only revolve around yes or no's and multiple choices to name some. But once you are asked to expound on a subject matter in paragraphs with a title, then there comes the subjective part of a test or classroom exercise. Writing this way can be fun, because it allows you to explore on your vocabulary as you grope for words that would best describe your feelings and opinions towards a concept. However, some students may find this uninteresting for their end, thus as a parent per se, you have to help them get past that prejudice by using modules that are easy and fast to learn.
The said module or lesson plan would surely help improve the study skills of your child, especially if he or she has been having difficulties in concentrating and shedding some of the pre-conceived notions of studying. You have to break that shell by introducing an exercise that will convince him or her that learning is indeed fun. In there, there will be tips in how to remember lessons after class - that is by taking notes and organizing them in a chronological order, tips in writing better sentences and essays - how to construct them and how to hook the reader by writing a catchy intro. For sure, the lesson plan has a lot in store, and it all takes a few minutes of your time and theirs.
So how will you convince your child that essay writing is achievable and does not require you to formulate technical solutions? Tell him or her that it all runs on basic concepts, compressed down to the essentials of deciding on a topic - if it is not given ahead of time, outlining your ideas in a comprehensible form, writing the intro or what they call the hook to the bait, filling in the body of the article, and then closing everything with a concluding paragraph. If these steps be understood simply for what it is, then all will be well.