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Last updated 10:42 AM on 8 March 2013

Writing essays is a skill many of us have forgotten. But don't worry – here are a few tips to help you and your child, even if you're not familiar with the essay topic.

Key points:

  • Determine 'what is the question asking?'
  • Essays follow a specific formula
  • Introduction – state your response to the question and mention the points to be made in the body of the essay.
  • Body – expand on the points introduced in the introduction. Don't introduce new thoughts at this stage.
  • Conclusion – summarise the points discussed in the body.
  • One idea per paragraph.
  • Proofreading your child's essays helps them and lets you stay in touch with what they're doing at school.

Find out more about essay writing on the School A to Z website.