Vocabulary Building Time
One of the most common tips is to spend time learning new words and developing a strong vocabulary. Although this is great advice in the long run, it will not immediately help the student to become a better writer. When students have first learned a new word, they are still not comfortable with using it and it is not a natural part of their vocabulary. It can take 15 to 50 interactions with a given word before it becomes a natural part of the student's vocabulary. Over the long term, vocabulary building will help. In the short term, it will not be particularly effective at immediately improving the student's writing. It could even make the student's writing worse if they use the wrong vocabulary word in place of a smaller, clearer word.
In general, editing is one of the best things that students can do. Even if the student is already a great writer, they will always make mistakes that are not caught in the rough draft. To make sure that the essay has been thoroughly edited, students should take time to read it aloud. By reading aloud, students can actually hear their mistakes and slow down enough to fix them. In addition, students might also want to have a teacher, tutor or friend help with the editing process.