Students need writing skills to excel academically and professionallyBy Kristina Knobelsdorff, PhDCommon Core, General Education Advice, Student Mastery, Writing Training
At the Learning Consultants, our approach to writing reminds me of the old Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Similarly, “Correct a student’s essay, and you help them get a better grade. Teach a student how to write, and you equip them for the future.”
When we work with students on their writing, we don’t simply help them revise or correct their grammar to get a better grade. We do that too, but as the short-term goal. The larger objective is teaching them how to write: how to think through any question in writing, for any class, and on any topic. Our students learn to think of writing as both a tool and a skill.
For the past fifteen years, we’ve accomplished this goal with students of all ages, in all grades. When our writing students graduate from high school and head off to college, they’re better equipped to tackle a wide range of writing assignments–with ease and confidence.
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Kristina joined The Learning Consultants in 2007, shortly after completing her PhD in English at the University of Connecticut. With a decade of coaching teachers and students behind her, Kristina now heads the Department of Writing Mastery full-time. She derives great satisfaction helping students of all ages become skilled and confident writers. full bio