This Writing tips for school essay and article is useful for English Subject. In Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge A Level and also IB Diploma Program , you might be asked to write an Essay or article. But do you know what makes an article different from other types of writing? Although you can get help from private tutor, but you still need to know about the basic rules in Essay and Article Writing
Here is Writing tips from an English Teacher and also Private Tutor.
1 The reader is identified
An article is like a direct conversation with the reader. The exam question might tell you who your readers are. For example, the students at a school, or the people living in a town or people who are interested in sports. Everything you write must speak to that reader and engage their interest right from the first sentence.
2 It has to get attention
If you’re anywhere on the internet these days, you’ll be bombarded with articles with headlines that pull the reader in. It’s called “click baiting” and all the writer is trying to do is make you open the page to read their article. You need to think like a journalist when you’re writing your article.
3 It has to be interesting
For an article to work, it has to be engaging enough to read all the way through. Remember how bored the examiner must be after reading fifty exam papers. Make it easier for them to get a good impression about your writing by entertaining them. Add humour, real life or made up examples, or make up quotes.
4 It has to be easy to read
Use subheadings to break up the text and make clear paragraphs. Write in a semi-informal, conversational style. And make sure there is organisation to your ideas. The planning stage is vital for this. Spend 5-10 minutes brainstorming ideas and choose the best three or four. Think what your subheadings might be and then write a short introduction that lets the reader know what to expect.
Keep in mind that you want the reader to keep reading, so don’t tell them exactly what they will read. This is not an essay! In an essay you usually restate the question, explain how you will answer it and maybe say why it’s important. In an article, that will kill the reader’s interest.
5 Write a good ending
In an essay you sum up the points that have gone before and draw a conclusion from that. But in an article, it’s better to give the reader something to think about, perhaps by asking them another question or giving them a call to action. Often, the best endings link back to the starting point in some way.
Here are two endings I could use for this article:
Common mistakes students make in articles
* A title which makes the subject immediately clear. For some reason, people like reading lists! And a direct, rhetorical question in the first paragraph to make readers want to find out the answer.
** I’ve used the imperative to give instructions. E.g. Think…Keep in mind…Write…Spend…