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Essay help

Hi, just wondering if anyone has ever tried a tutor who just works on help writing essays.My 15 year old son struggles with essay assignments and it causes a lot of stress at home.I have guided him for years stressing the same rules over and over and he has improved but as the workload in high school becomes more demanding I really want to help him meet the challenges.Any ideas?

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There are some free online tools that may help too. I’ve heard good things about these:

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/essaymap/
http://www.theeasyessay.com/

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 31, 2014 at 2:55pm

I homeschool my 13 year old son, and essays are always a struggle. It has helped us for him to do these on the computer. This allows him to type all his thoughts in randomly, then reorganize and restructure using cut and paste. I remind him that a five paragraph essay is just the same info written three times! (Less stress!) get him to tell you what the essay is about to make sure he has complete understanding of the writing assignment. Ask him relevant open ended questions about the subject of the essay.  This will also help him warm up his brain and verbalize his thoughts. The intro and concluding paragraphs are just summaries of the body. Tell them what you are going to talk about, talk about it, and remind them what you just talked about….lol. Then we choose the three most important, or interesting, facts. Write each body paragraph about one of those facts. Take breaks every 15-20 minutes. Create your rough draft then walk away for a little while. Re-read it later and have a someone else read it as well to find mistakes and awkward or unclear wording. Fix mistakes and walk away again. Repeat until you are happy with the essay. If necessary, he can print out the final revision and copy it by hand. Start early when possible. It is way less stressful if you have a few days rather than hours to complete of course. Hope this helps.

Posted by daylatedollarshort on Aug 19, 2014 at 4:42pm

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