The average cell phone can now access Google or Wikipedia anywhere.
Type in your question and boom, there’s your answer.
What does it mean to the story, or the film, or the event? This one might not always be applicable, but if you can then go for it.
You wouldn’t go on a road trip without a map and essays are just the same. It only takes a few minutes but will save your teen SO much time overall.
What part of the film is being discussed and what did it mean to the film?
What was important about an historical event and how did it affect later events?If it’s being written for homework and your teen doesn’t have the time pressure of an exam, it can be a good idea to go and do something else for a while once they’ve finished writing. Get them to read their essay aloud (or in their head) so they can see how it flows (or doesn’t as it may be).You know when you come back to look at something you’ve written and you see all the little mistakes you didn’t notice before? Your teen should check that the paragraphs are written in a logical order. If the essay is being written in an exam your teen won’t have the luxury of time.And a few minutes of proof reading can often make the difference between one grade and another. They may know the subject backwards, but if they don’t know how to write a good essay then they’re screwed.Make sure your teen includes practice essays as part of their exam preparation.Your teen needs to step up to the mark because school is getting harder.High school education continues to move away from tests with one word answers and towards students having to come up with paragraph or even full essay answers. The internet has become so widespread and so accessible, that having a library of singular facts stored in your head is no longer helpful.If the essay is meant to argue a point, your teen should make it clear in the introduction what their argument/point of view is. At high school an essay will usually have 3-5 paragraphs.Each paragraph contains its own main point that contributes to the overall theme or argument of the essay.Here is an example of the way I would do an essay plan before I started writing.(It’s for the film Each of the three ‘fingers’ coming off each paragraph make up ‘SEXI’.