Strategies to Improve the Writing Skills of Students

Strategies to Improve the Writing Skills of Students

  • Arya Vishwaroop
    Arya Vishwaroop

Introduction

Writing skills are as important as speaking skills and every student should put an effort to refine them. In order to succeed as a student and excel in the examinations held in school, students must improve their writing skills. This article will guide teachers to incorporate different strategies that they can implement in their pedagogical methodologies. These strategies are great ways to refine the skills of students in writing. Now, let us look at the strategies.

Reading Exercises

In order to improve the writing skills of students, teachers should encourage them to read more. Everyone knows that all language skills, irrespective of whether it is English or regional, ย are interrelated. When students read more, they encounter a sea of new words and learn more about the sentence structure, grammar and a lot more about a language. This would help them to articulate their ideas and convey their views in a better way in writing form. There would be a natural flow of words and students would be able to write well without much effort.

Moreover, with the help of these reading exercises, teachers can boost the vocabulary of students. Teachers can suggest some good reads that would enhance their knowledge of a language and allocate some time in the classroom for the students to read. This not only helps in building their skills in writing but instils an interest in students towards reading and writing.

Power Writing Strategy

This is an effective way to improve the writing skills of students. With the help of the power writing strategy, teachers can guide students to gradually improve their skills. As a first step, teachers provide students with easy topics and ask them to finish the task in a stipulated time. In this way, students will continuously improve their writing skills and become expert writers as teachers increase the level of difficulty of the writing tasks.

Teachers can start with easy and engaging topics that kindle an interest in students towards writing. They can analyze the liking and interests of students before allotting topics to them. They can also give similar topics to like-minded students.

POWER strategy can be integrated by teachers to improve the skills of students. This strategy has different steps that students can follow to improve the way students write. In this strategy, each letter in the word POWER stands for each step. Teachers can introduce this methodology to their students to improve their writing skills. The acronym POWER is a mnemonic that depicts the following process:

  • P- Plan
  • O- Organize
  • W- Write
  • E- Edit
  • R- Revise

Now that the readers have understood what the five steps are, let us look at how these steps can help students to write better.

Plan

This is the most crucial and primary step that every student ought to take before they start writing. In this step, students brainstorm and come up with the points that can be included in the writing. It can also be said that this step is all about idea generation about the topic the students intend to write about.

Organize

In this step, teachers can guide the students to organize the points they have come up with in a meaningful and coherent way. This is an imperative step and improves the beauty of the content, playing a major role in improving the writing skills of the students. Students can write down the structure of the content they are going to write and get feedback from the teacher if needed. Teachers can give an insight into the positives and negatives of the structure of the writing piece and can also give them some suggestions.

Write

This is the step where students start to write the content. They can refer to the structure they have created in the previous step which helps them curate the content in a coherent manner. They can include the points that they had noted down before.

Edit

Students ought to learn the importance of editing the content they write. This helps them to get rid of mistakes in their writings. Teachers can also be a part of this stage. They can ask students to circle the errors they have made and teachers can cross-check them. They can also point out the mistakes they have missed while editing. Moreover, teachers can give suggestions on how they can improve certain sentences in their writings.

Revise

In this step, students proofread their writings and make sure that everything is fine. This is the final step that students have to do before submitting their work to the teacher. Students can use this final step to analyze their work and ensure that it is error-free before submitting it.

This strategy can greatly improve the way students write and help them to improve the quality of their writing. Teachersโ€™ involvement in this strategy would help students put themselves on the right track and implement this strategy in the best way possible.

A Class Blog for Students

In a technologically advanced world like ours, this is a great strategy to enhance the writing capabilities of students. This would also give students an opportunity to exhibit their creative writing skills. Teachers can create a blog for the students in a classroom. Teachers can encourage students to write about the topics that interest them. For instance, if a student is interested in dance, the teacher can encourage the student to write about dance. This is a great way to inculcate an interest in writing among all the students in a classroom.

Moreover, blogs are a great platform for students to improve their creative skills in writing. Educators can seek the help of all teachers in the school and parents to encourage their students. Teachers can ask them to leave comments as they would be a confidence booster for their students.

Collaborative Writing

Collaborative writing tasks will help teachers collectively develop the writing skills of students. Teachers can give writing tasks to a group of students and this will help them to collaborate and complete the tasks. Moreover, this is the best way to implement peer learning as students will be helping each other to get better.

In collaborative writing, you can pair top-performing students with weak students. In this way, top-performing students will be able to assist weak students to learn new words or improve their language skills. They will be giving feedback to each other and will be trying to perform well together. This task would also give students an opportunity to improve their communication skills.

Teachers can also give tasks to students like writing persuasive letters. This would help students address their issues in school and they might find these tasks intriguing as they are getting an opportunity to speak their minds through writing.

Conclusion

Writing skills play a major role in the lives of students. In order to score well in exams and in order to achieve greater things in life, students ought to master writing skills. In this way, they will be able to articulate their ideas in a better way and will be able to convince their readers. Hence, it is important for students to be proficient in this skill.