Writing Skills - Expression With Words

There are many different forms of writing and students are expected to have an understanding of all of them. The reality is most have no idea about the subtle differences between the various formats. Each format has its own required structure and lack of structure inevitably is what lets most students down with their writing.

Types Of Writing Skills Students Will Require

English Tutoring And Writing

When children are younger, they love writing because it is nearly always a narrative or fictional story they are expected to complete. Their imaginations run wild and they write fantastically descriptive stories about amazing happenings. However, creative writing is only one format and it becomes less important as a student moves through the school years.


I can’t explain what each format actually means on these pages alone, because there are too many, but below is a list of different writing styles that a student may encounter in their school years:

  • Narrative/Creative
  • Information report
  • Response to text
  • Explanation
  • Discussion
  • Exposition
  • Description
  • Poetry
  • Recount
  • Procedure
  • Letters- Formal and Informal
  • Biographies
  • Instructional/Procedure
  • News reports
  • Features
  • Persuasive
  • Review
  • Interview
  • Crime
  • Fantasy
  • Argumentative
  • Diary/Journal
  • Speech


As can be seen from this exhaustive list, it can be a minefield of confusion. It is easy to understand why many students don’t know where to start. Without doubt the number one enquiry we get at Queensland Tutors is regarding students who just do not have a clue how to even get started on a writing assignment. The older the student the more confusion it seems, so it is never too late to get help.


Contact us today to gain a greater insight into how to write for the appropriate audience and task. We will break the mumbo jumbo down into simple English so that the student has a plan on which to write to. Join the long list of our clients who have uttered those magic words following one of our face-to-face tutoring sessions – “Oh, now I get it !!!”