3 Teachers Share Their Favorite Writing Tips

For this post, I collaborated with other online tutors to talk about their favorite writing tips. Three online tutors have graciously shared their expertise in this post. Here you'll read about writing tips and resources suggested by Joanne Kaminski, Ann Mitchell, and Katie Snyder.

Joanne Kaminski

Joanne Kaminski (www.theonlinereadingtutor.com) tutors kids that are struggling with reading even if they have dyslexia.  She has been teaching for over 17 years and tutoring since 2010.  She is a best-selling Amazon author of 31 Days to Become a Better Reader: Increasing your Struggling Reader's Reading Level.

If you want to improve your academic and business grammar skills, then download grammarly.  This is an amazing app.  In fact, when you download it, it will even install a copy on your social media to ensure you don't have any typos when posting on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

What I love about this app is that it gives you a starting point of the areas you typically make mistakes in.  It also gives you an explanation as to why it is the kind of error you have.  By using this tool, it is like a mini assessment.  You can't know what areas to improve on unless you have a starting point.  This app is the perfect starting point.

Ann Mitchell

Ann Mitchell is the owner of Castle Rock Tutoring (https://castlerockonlinereadingtutor.com/). However, she does have a few titles that stem off of that which include: wife, mom, grandmom, teacher, tutor, just to name a few. Ann enjoys seeing the excitement on her students' face as they conquer something that was difficult to begin with, but then overcome the hurdles and succeed with flying colors.

When it comes to writing, there are a variety of suggestions that I provide to the families as I support them in my community and online.
First, many of my students struggle with organization of the writing tasks, so graphic organizers are provided and used during my sessions. Here are a couple examples:

And, I ensure that the student rereads what they have written so that even the smallest error is caught.

Katie Snyder

Katie Snyder graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in Mathematics and International Peace Studies. She's worked as a high school teacher and in food justice, and now enjoys tutoring math online to students through Katie Tutors Math (http://katietutorsmath.com). She loves hiking, reading, and spending time with her dog.

My favorite resources for writers are two books:

  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser

These books teach everything about writing, from diction and grammar to habits and personal stories. They are equally engaging and informative, and I reference them often.

Lastly, I also have a writing tip to share!

My first favorite tool is a dayplanner. Of course, a dayplanner is a great way to keep track of one's schedule. But even more than that, I like to use the pages in it to jot down ideas and brainstorm before I start writing on the computer. There's just something nice about getting ideas written down on paper that helps me get the ideas flowing and see the connections among my ideas. And, I can easily go back and browse all my thoughts that I've brainstormed for various ideas in my dayplanner.

So, there you have it - wonderful writing tips from Joanne Kaminski, Ann Mitchell, and Katie Snyder! I want to thank all three for their contributions to this post.

Which tip are you thinking about implementing? What have you found to be your favorite writing tip or resource? Please share your comments below.

Matthew Huseby, M.A.
My Language Success LLC

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  1. Writing thoughts down is a powerful practice that helps solidify and
    clarify thoughts and idea. This is something that I try to make a habit of. I also love Grammarly. It is a wonderful app that helps catch those grammar errors. Thanks for the post

  2. I like these tips a lot. I really love Grammarly and graphic organizers too(especially the KWL chart). I will have to read Stephen King's On Writing, so many people love this book. Oh, and what a great way to use a day planner. I'll have to try brainstorming in mine.

  3. Great post! I love the KWL Chart. Many people think it is only used in the elementary grades. I feel it is useful for middle school, high school, and college. I taught full-time for 20 years (3rd, 4th, 6th), and one thing that was consistent from year to year is students had wonderful thoughts and ideas, but struggled with getting their thoughts organized and putting them on paper. I have heard good things about Grammarly. I will have to check it out!

    1. Hi Randy, I agree, the graphic organizers work well across age groups! Thank you for your comment!

  4. I love reading books about writing from other authors. They give you great tips that have worked for them.

    1. I agree, we can learn a lot from other writers' experiences.


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