Day 2: Shore Up That Writing
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Yesterday I wrote about covering all the basics. Those were important.
Today, I’m going to talk about a specific area that can make an even bigger difference — writing. That’s very important.
You already understand the advantages of homeschooling: flexibility in scheduling, freedom to choose courses, plenty of time to study whatever you like, and more. Those same advantages make it easily possible to become a good writer in high school. In fact, with all those benefits, homeschoolers really have no excuse for not being good writers.
Writing is important in more ways than most students realize. Writing (or Composition) as an academic subject is one thing, but remember that writing helps across the entire curriculum, making it possible to succeed in all other areas, too. Plus, writing helps create knock-out Freshman Resumes (look for an upcoming post about those), score well on standardized writing tests, write winning scholarship essays, conquer college application essays, and more.
It’s silly not to take advantage of the high school years to learn to write. Many students already do. But if you haven’t been one of them, well…now is the time. Not learning to write is just harming yourself.
With all that said, it’s no secret that not every mom and dad feels comfortable teaching writing. It’s okay. That’s where courses, curriculum and tutors come in.
Be very careful in high school to include some quality form of writing instruction you can trust. For at least a couple of years — or, better yet, throughout high school. If you plan on getting into college, that is.
Becoming a good writer takes time, practice and feedback. It isn’t something you can pick up by reading a book and it isn’t something that can be mastered during the last semester of high school, either. Start early, and write often.
Stay tuned tomorrow for — Day 3: Standing Out.
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