Why Students Fear Writing Essays

Most students seem to fear writing essays regardless their enrollment in an elementary school, a high school, a college, or university. Writing an essay is usually the subject of procrastination. Some say that the reason why students procrastinate when they have to do this is because they do not know how to write an essay. Is it really because they do not know how to write an essay? Or are there other reasons for this fear?

Most children start to write essays in the higher grades of elementary school. Some teachers explain how to go about writing an essay really well and those students who do great in school grab the concept fast and they got it made. Students in that age group have often a very hard time sitting still and listening to their teacher. Because of cuts in the budget many teachers have now 25 or even more students in grades 5 and 6. If the class is rowdy, even good kids who sit in the back row might not hear everything that is going on and do not start to understand the concept. Teachers are so busy that they do not get to making sure that every child in class knows how to write an essay.

Children write their essay and very often it touches an aspect of their own life. They write all they know hoping the teacher will give them a good grade. When they hand in the essay they often do not realize that the teacher might use their work to read it to the class. Even worse is when the teacher wants the student to read his essay out loud. What was meant to be just a good essay for a good grade all of a sudden felt like his privacy was invaded. When this happens once to a child or when a child realizes that something like that could happen to them too it will affect their future essay writing. All through their schooling, even when they are in college, this will make them very anxious and they will do whatever it takes to avoid writing essay. They will no longer write their essay with their heart and soul because they want to prevent that their private life is exposed. They quality of their essays goes down because of the missing finishing touch.

Some children and students fear to write an essay for school because they are aware of their short comings. Their spelling or their grammar is terrible and writing a story will surely come to expose them. Some students, even in college, fear writing an essay because over the years they never really learned how to do it well. Their high school teacher was more involved in preventing fist fights than doing academic stuff. They get to college, and the fact that they never learned how to do this well makes the anxiety even worse. They are too embarrassed at this point to go to their teacher and ask how to write an essay. In very extreme cases students have dropped out of college because of their fear to write essays.