Writing well requires cognitive skills and language proficiencies developed over time. It's not easy and almost everyone struggles with it. It's a learned skill, no more a part of the package we are born with than the ability to ski or scuba dive.
Writing Error Pattern Analysis — analyzing the mechanical errors your students make — will help you help them become better writers. The gamut of errors to analyze include:
These are just some of the issues with which all writers struggle, especially student writers. And regardless of academic discipline, every instructor who has a writing component to their class has seen their share of them.
To learn more about analyzing the writing error patterns of your students, and to help them become better writers, visit the Writing@CSU Teaching Guide.