Creative Writing For Young Students | Tutor Tips
One of the most common complaints that I get from parents I tutor who come to me for guidance and advice at Scholarly is on children who get stuck while doing creative writing or persuasive writing. They’re always running out of ideas and remain stuck during the trial tests, not knowing what to write about. Here are the tips I’ve discovered tutoring thousands of kids.
As parents, you need to realize that children are not born with ideas. They develop the writing ideas as they get exposed to them right from their childhood years. A lot of parents, and even tuition centres give children narrative writing topics, or persuasive writing topics to write without proper guidance. You cannot expect them to come up with ideas if they haven’t experienced or read those ideas yet.
How to tutor kids correctly?
The first solution that you need to be doing is that you need to ask them to read more widely, and to also start doing more research. We will focus mainly on research because often what happens when we ask children to read widely, they don’t usually read. This is because they get easily bored especially with nonfiction books. Children, are usually really bored of long and dense nonfiction books. I’ve seen this happen over and over again, and so the best solution is to do research.
For example, if you have a topic such as, ‘should school uniforms be banned?’ or ‘is coffee dangerous for human health?’ When we have these types of topics, it’s not enough for kids just to go off the top of their head, right? Because their knowledge might be limited to what they know. Honestly, if your kid is only 9 or 10, the amount of knowledge that they have is not at the capacity where they can write fluently and express a lot of ideas. To understand such challenging topics, what you need to ask your child to do is to ask them to research by using Google or Wikipedia, and help them develop the habit of researching more similar ideas and facts.
Keep in mind that writing is a huge component especially if you’re doing the scholarship exams, and especially if you’re going for schools like Sydney Grammar and all those other schools who have immense focus on writing. In the current selective exam, the writing topics are getting more open ended and more difficult. It’s therefore really important that you start preparing for that. Remember, writing also helps with your reading and eventually your vocab anyway.