We have been giving you fun and easy ways to improve different skills. Today, we are going to tell you how you can better your writing. Writing is one of the hardest skills to practice because nobody wants to write essay after essay and then it is very hard to find someone to revise them. The following ideas are things you can do from the comfort of your own home, even from your bed!
The first thing we recommend is doing crossword puzzles. They are a great way to enrich your vocabulary and to get you to focus on spelling. These puzzles not only have linguistic benefits, but they can help sharpen your cognitive skills, help you focus and test your memory. Don’t spend too much time on a clue, and if you get stuck, move on to the next one. Don’t stop because you don’t know an answer! You can start with crossword puzzles designed for students for example, this one that will help you practice the simple past tense and this one that focuses on the differences between American and British English.
To improve your writing, it’s good to write. Yes, that sounds repetitive (we know), but you need to practice. Why don’t you write a blog about something you love? With a blog you’ll get the chance to have a real audience that shares your interests. If you don’t want to share your work with anyone, then keep a journal. Before you go to bed, write a couple of sentences or paragraphs about your day or about what you learned and enjoyed. You can make it a little more challenging by reflecting on something you read or saw in the news. This will make you feel more confident about your writing.
Another great tip is to read. Read. Read. Read. Reading will have a direct impact on the way you write because it will help you reinforce grammar, sentence structure, and learn new words. It doesn’t matter if you like reading food blogs, celebrity gossip or about sports and world news, just read (in English!)
The last idea we want to share is getting a penpal. Penpals are people who regularly write to each other. There are different free and paid sites where you can create a profiles, find friends and then write letters or emails to them. Let us know how it goes and happy writing!
Mariana Aguilar Ramírez
Mariana is a Pedagogy and Research summer associate at Voxy completing her Master’s degree in Learning, Media and Technology at UMass Amherst with a Fulbright- García Robles grant. She is passionate about instructional design, educational technology and has been teaching ESL in Mexico for many years. She has studied foreign languages all her life and is now tackling German. She loves to travel and spends a lot of time in the kitchen perfecting her ice-cream making skills.