How to Increase Writing Skills with an Australian Tutor

If you're looking for an Australian tutor to help your motivated dyslexic high school student increase their writing skills, this article is here to help.

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Step one: find what academic subject your teen is most interested in, for example, let's say its whales.

Now the simple question is how can your teen overcome their writing problem using the their interest in whales?

Let us first begin with the groundbreaking work of Professor James Collins, http://gse.buffalo.edu/about/directory/faculty/2008.

Dr. Collins created a four-step process for identifying a writing strategy to help increase writing skills. The steps are as follows:

1. Identify a strategy worth teaching.

2. Introduce the strategy by modeling it.

3. Help students to try the strategy out with workshop-style teacher guidance.

4. Help students work toward independent mastery of the strategy through repeated practice and reinforcement.

My own research on dyslexia has shown that dyslexia is primarily an organizational problem, with a need to focus on analytic subject matter in order increase writing skills for a motivated dyslexic high school student.

Now let us see how an Australian tutor can use the above methodology to help the dyslexic teen increase their writing skills. The first step for the tutor is to identify a strategy worth teaching, in this case, one of Dr. Collins default writing strategies of coping.

The next step is to introduce the strategy by modeling it. Here is how an effective tutor can model the coping strategy with the student’s favorite subject of whales. We first need some information about whales from a credible source, the following is from Wikipedia:

“Whales range in size from the blue whale, the largest animal known to have ever existed[3] at 35 m (115 ft) and 136 tons (134 long tons; 150 short tons), to various pygmy species, such as the pygmy sperm whale at 3.5 m (11 ft).”

The tutor should now have the student type out, not cut and paste, the sentence above. To apply a version of the coping default strategy that I found to be useful, the sentence needs to be broken up into its parts.

The tutor needs to explain how the sentence is constructed as follows:

Size of large whale, example, size of small whale, example.

This is a complicated sentence for a struggling writer, so the tutor should make it simpler by focusing on the large whale, the blue whale to start the sentence. Therefore, the example would be:

Large whale, example.

Now that the student knows what they will be writing on, and the organization of the sentence is created, the tutor needs to add the analytical subject matter. This is when the Australian tutor should brain storm with the student about different ideas to write about the blue whale.

In this example, let us use blue whale eating habits, more specifically how it would seem unusual for the largest animal in the world to eat food that is so small.

Now it is time for the tutor to help the student put it all together. Here is the introduction sentence that the motivated dyslexic high school student could create:

According to Wikipedia, the blue whale is the largest whale in the world, up to 115 ft long and weighing up to 136 tons. In this paper I will be discussing how apparently unusually it is for the world’s largest animal to eat such small food.

Is this opening sentence an example of good English? Not really. However, it is a good beginning for an effective Australian tutor to work with a motivated dyslexic high school student to begin the process of learning to write and increase writing skills the way the student’s brain is designed to learn. Using this approach the students writing ability will significantly increase over time.

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