Dysgraphia: Learning disabilities in writing
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How to approach writing assignments
- Plan your paper: Pull together your ideas, and consider how you want them in your writing.
- Organize your thoughts and ideas
- Create an outline or graphic organizer to be sure you've included all your ideas.
- Make a list of key thoughts and words you will want to use in your paper.
- Write a draft: This first draft should focus on getting your ideas on paper — don't worry about making spelling or grammar errors. Using a computer is helpful because it will be easier to edit later on.
- Edit your work: Check your work for proper spelling, grammar and syntax; use a spell checker if necessary. Edit your paper to elaborate and enhance content — a thesaurus is helpful for finding different ways to make your point.
- Revise your work, producing a final draft. Be sure to read it one last time before submitting it.
Reprinted with permission from the National Center for Learning Disabilities. All rights reserved.