Best Tips For Teaching Students To Develop Their Scientific Writing Skills

Writing is not an easy skill, no matter how simple it may seem at a first glance. But, you need it to go through your education with success Everything is based on writing when in school and if you have good writing skills, you will do better in everything. Exams, essays and so on, all have a huge impact on your school results and they all require writing.

As a teacher, you need to help every single student improve their skills and acquire new writing skills. Your students will become better people as a result of this.

But, most teachers don’t realize that they will need to provide a lot of help for their students so that they can develop these skills. They have a responsibility to do this. While your students can improve your skills without working hard, you have to be there to make sure that they are doing a good job.

Follow these tips to help your students learn more and better:

Encourage good and penalize bad writing

Some teachers want to get good results but never want to do anything about it. They never motivate their students properly and if they want their students to work well, they have to ask for the results. Let your students know that they will get a reward for good writing and that they will be punished for bad writing. Let them know that those who make great efforts to write well while being thoughtful and clear will be able to get some extra points and better grades and that those who work less and make less efforts to write well will be penalized with negative points or worse grades.

Build their mindset

Clear rules and expectations are not always enough and they might not work on all of your students. So, you have to inspire them to create great papers by letting them know just how important writing skills are. This is motivating them rather than scaring them. “You can make them understand that good writing extends beyond just school and that it’s crucial for success. Give them examples of people who have succeeded in their life because of writing skills and people who failed because they missed out on learning how to write properly” says Delia Plants, copy-editor at Stateofwriting and Australian help.

Allow them to practice a lot

Every skill gets better with practice. Repetitive work makes it better and more high quality. Small changes in your routine will make it easy for you to organize practice lessons and you can do this every day. Ask for a small amount of words on a specific topic so that they can practice being succinct and brief while still going in-depth on a certain subject. It can be boring and tedious for them at first but their skills will definitely improve. They will start writing so much better than they did before and this will create a huge improvement in their life. Diversify topics and genres. They can write non-fiction one day and then put their imagination to good use and write fiction the next day, Involve them in homework, assignments, exams and so on.

Instruct them through the writing process

When you provide your students with an assignment, you should explain how they can start writing it and how they can make it through all of the elements of good writing. Take some time to talk with them and address their concerns and issues. You can emphasize the importance of creating an outline.

You can also give them a good starting points and tell them about techniques, methods and so on that will help them save time and energy. They will be able to memorize these things and their skills will get better with time,” says Jorge Nesbit, editorial assistant at Oxessays and Academized.

Give feedback

You can also give them feedback during this process. You can share with them many different things about when they did well, what they did wrong, what they can still improve on etc.

Become their role model and mentor and share with them useful feedback.

Help them read a lot

Good writers are also experienced readers. You should give your students plenty of time to read and even create one assignments where they have to read a book every week. This will expand their vocabulary and help them write better.

While writing isn’t rocket science, you can help your students learn better and faster if you know how to do that. Use these tips to improve your student’s writing skills.

Nora Mork is an education journalist at Ukwritings and Boomessays. She is often invited to speak at online conferences and to contribute columns to Essayroo blog.

Gravity Explained

By Anupum Pant

I’m always amazed by how teachers all around the world come up with fantastic ideas to make science easier for kids. A couple of months back we saw a video of Dan Burns using a trampoline to explain the space-time warping at a Physics Teacher SOS workshop in Los Gatos High School. In fact there is even a place on the web where you can learn it to do yourself [here].

Another explanation which came around much later just takes the cake. EdwardCurrent uses a “space-time stretcher” to demonstrate how gravity, well, stretches the space-time fabric. Moreover, the material he uses to construct this teaching aid comes mostly amongst all the old stuff lying in his garage.

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Talk by Arvind Gupta Will Make You Salute Him

By Anupum Pant


We are all born scientists. Young kids have an inborn talent of thinking and learning by interacting with their environment – just like scientists do. Their everyday play is a type of experimentation and the toys they use, are their scientific equipment.

But unlike the children of developed countries, in India, a major chunk of little kids are not fortunate enough to cross ways with these fancy toys. In a place like India where 70% of the nation’s population still resides in backward villages, a man like Arvind Gupta is doing some really incredible work that deserves a salute. He’s popularizing science among kids by showing them quirky ways to convert trash into useful toys.

The Story of Mr. Gupta

He is the Indian Bill Nye – the Indian science guy – Arvind Gupta.
Arvind Gupta calls himself a toy maker (I think that is a very humble name he gives himself) and he has been doing it for the last 30 years! During the 70s when Mr Gupta was studying in IIT – Kanpur, he lived through a period which came with a revolution that aimed at revitalizing primary science in the village schools. Later, he went to the US, studied at Caltech, came back, worked at the top research laboratories in the country, and yet he wasn’t satisfied.

He somehow felt that the cutting-edge research he was doing, its effect on the major part of the Indian people wasn’t directly visible to him. This was when he started a village sized program to popularize science among the rural kids. He continues to do this even today. His way of doing it – Teach them to convert trash into toys. It was a beautiful idea.

I still remember watching Arvind Gupta on Doordarshan, teaching us science. We never noticed we were learning –  by touching, feeling, cutting, sticking – pulling things apart and putting things together.

His toys

He can turn anything into a toy that explains a basic science principle in a very interesting way to children. For instance, his way of sticking match sticks together to make objects as simple as 2 dimensional angles to objects as complex as bucky balls, is just amazing. But that’s not all.

Go to his YouTube channel you’ll find a number of tutorials to create amazing little devices from trash, which even adults will enjoy. Besides that, to cater to the linguistically diverse population of India, his videos come in languages like Hindi, English, Tamil, Bengali etc…

Watch his talk below. In a 15 minute breathless talk you’ll watch him demonstrate everything from simple mathematical, biological, chemical and physical principles with match sticks and rubber tube parts, to at least twenty other plain yet ingenious toys. Watch him make it all, right there at the talk! You can’t miss it.

The one I like the best is the slate he makes, using wool and velcro, for blind people. The second best toy in my opinion is the incredibly simple whistle made by cutting a straw. The crank generator made of trash is impressive too! What do you like to most? Let’s discuss in the comments below.

Every kid would love science this way.

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