Writing Tutoring

February 6th, 2018

Many parents are interested in writing tutoring in order to enrich their kids’ writing skills.  The purpose of this blog is to help inform and inspire parents with content that will help their children achieve all their academic goals.  Below you will find some ideas to help get you started with incorporating writing skills into every day life.

Writing tutoring

With the adoption of Common Core Skills, writing tutoring and subsequently writing skills are taught differently than in the past.  Rather than being approached as a stand-alone subject, students are being asked to write in a variety of contexts that span across the curriculum.  The concept that writing is a useful and valuable skill can be reinforced by incorporating it into day-to-day situations .  Children’s writing skills can be enriched by creating an environment where the written word is given lots of time, space and energy.

This can be done many different ways – here are some examples of ways parents can help their kids become better writers.

  1. Start out by establishing a place for writing in the home.  Creating a writer’s nook or clearing off a desk creates an inviting atmosphere.
  2. Make sure your kid has all the writing materials they need,  such pens and journals.  If your student has already mastered basic penmanship skills and has a preference for typing, consider giving him or her a keyboard attachment to convert any tablet into a writing machine!
  3. Share holiday cards with your children and encourage them to participate in letter or email writing to communicate with family and friends.
  4. Teach your kids how to write birthday cards and thank you cards.  This skill helps them express their emotions towards a loved one or articulate gratitude.  It is a great habit beyond the merits of enriching their writing abilities.  Additionally, it is a wonderful opportunity for your kids to get creative and decorate the card.
  5. On the subject of art making, when children create images or sculptures, help them to write out captions or stories that explain their ideas.
  6. Even something as simple as asking for help drafting a grocery list on your phone can be a method of working on writing.  Autocorrect allows them to learn the right spelling without parents having to identify mistakes, and corresponding emojis can make this chore a little more fun.
  7. Surround your child with interesting and engaging books.  Make sure he or she has lots of age-appropriate reading material.  Embrace apps such as Kindle or Libby to read on tablets or other devices.  Take your kids to the library and download whatever apps your local library has so they can access new material and check out books virtually.  Besides incorporating technology, which is appealing to many kids, books are automatically returned on their due date.  This means no more hunting down missing books or being charged late fees!
  8. Talk about books or articles together.  It is a crucial verbal component that helps children develop and articulate their ideas.
  9. When you are working with your child, keep the feedback light and positive.  If he or she perceives writing as an opportunity to be corrected or reprimanded over and over, naturally the idea will be less appealing than if you take an encouraging, strengths-based approach.  Look for progress, not perfection.
  10. Make it fun and relevant to your child!  Tie writing back to your child’s interests and you will be on your way to enriching your kids‘ writing skills from the start.

Summer Writing Workshops

June 13th, 2012

We’ve all been there.

It’s the dreaded blank sheet. The writing assignment stares up from the table, but you have no idea where to begin. Should you start with the thesis statement? Gather textual evidence first? Maybe it’s better to just wing it and worry about editing later.

It’s a frustrating situation, but there is help! Study Hut is offering a series of writing workshops this summer designed to review the different types of essays and prepare students for the next level of writing.

Each grade brings new expectations, particularly when it comes to writing. If a student enters the school year even moderately unprepared, it can turn from a small setback to a major problem in a hurry. It’s tempting to regard writing in terms of black and white; there are inherently good writers and bad writers. That, however, is far from the case. Good writing is a matter of discipline, strategy and lots and lots of practice.

The Hut’s summer workshop is designed to be all of those things and more. Each week, we’ll spend one-on-one time with students going over everything from correctly citing a source to crafting the perfect topic sentence. From college applications to AP tests to middle school lab reports, strong writing skills are always going to help students succeed.

Each student has one-on-one time with a tutor, so we can adapt the program to fit any skill level. We’ve put together instructional, age appropriate materials that will help any student prepare for the next step in the great journey of mega-awesome skillstastic writing! Also, we promise to discourage made-up words like “skillstastic.”

Contact us today by emailing Samantha@studyhut.com for more information on the writing workshop. Sample topics include: thesis writing, finding and citing sources, topic sentences and using evidence effectively in narrative, analytical, expository, synthesis and literary analysis essays.