Becoming a better writer

Becoming a better writer

Writing is an essential part of selective school entrance tests. But it can often be intimidating when you are asked to come up with a story on the spot within a set time limit. Let’s take a look at some ways to improve your writing and help you become a more confident writer!

Reading

Reading is the best way to get better at writing! Reading can widen your knowledge and inspire new ideas and techniques in your own writing. When reading, it’s important to not just absorb the story being told, but to also take a look at how the author has written characters, setting, plot, as well as the types of words being used.

But it’s important to read from a diverse range of sources – instead of just reading fictional novels, expand your library and also read poetry, short stories, articles, advertisements, and blog posts! Writing styles are very different with each form and genre. Remember that you will not only be asked to write a creative text, so it’s important to be familiar with a variety of writing styles.

Improve your vocabulary

Reading is one way to improve your vocabulary, but there are many other ways too. Games like Scrabble, word search or crosswords can expose you to new words and their meanings. When you come across an unfamiliar word, look up the definition and write them down. This is a fun way of learning to explore with family or friends!

Is there a word you often come across when reading? Or maybe a word you always use in your writing? Trying looking up the word in a thesaurus. This will expose you to different synonyms of that word. Not only will this expand your vocabulary, but it will give you a range of new words that you can use to make your writing stronger and unique.

Practice

Free writing is a good way to practice writing. Simply think of a prompt and write whatever comes to your head without overthinking. Then, you can go over what you have written and make corrections or expand on ideas. Keep a writing journal and try writing something everyday. It doesn’t have to be long or perfect. Remember: the more you write, the better you get at writing!

Time tests are hard and nerve wracking, but with enough practice you can become confident with it. Find a prompt, set a timer, and start writing. You may find it hard at first, but with more practice you will find yourself getting familiar with writing within a set time.

At Test Champs, we offer timed practice writing tests catered to your specific entrance test. Your tests will be marked and you will receive feedback from our teachers, which will help you improve your writing.

For more information, go to: https://www.testchamps.com.au/selective-school-testing/