So, you’ve booked a session with a Writing Coach for help with essay writing. What can you expect?
We’ll ask you questions.
But don’t worry; this isn’t a test! Your Writing Coach is simply trying to get a sense of your strengths and weaknesses in English, so they know what will best help you improve. Is there a particular genre of essay you’d like to work on? What feedback do you see repeatedly from your English teacher? Do you struggle with writing thesis statements, organizing your essay, or getting your thoughts on paper?
We might ask you to read.
Depending on what you’ve highlighted in the initial discussion, your Writing Coach might ask you to read a poem, short story, or article. Usually, at least at first, we’ll read the text together, pausing to discuss key ideas, note interesting features, and draw out thematic elements.
You’ll create an outline and write a thesis.
After reading and discussing together, it’s time to create an outline and write a thesis. If a student has indicated that they struggle with essay organization and structure, the Writing Coach might decide to spend more time on this activity.
Now it’s time to write! Writing Coach sessions are an important time to practice writing without the pressure of marks. Whether the student is a fast or slow writer makes no difference—the benefit of one-on-one tutoring is that the session is completely tailored to the student’s abilities. The Writing Coach will be there for guidance every step (and word) of the way.
Essay writing is a process.
All the steps I mentioned above usually can’t be completed in a single session. Writing takes time! It’s a process, and every student works at their own pace.
You’re in charge!
If there’s anything you’d like us to cover or a school assignment you need help with, always feel free to let us know. Ultimately, you’re in charge of your own learning journey. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a session with a Writing Coach.