One of my favorite practices with students who want to improve their writing is pair writing. This is a practice I've adapted from pair programming which Wikipedia describes as:
I typically act as the observer, identifying weaknesses and suggesting improvements which the student then resolves; sometimes we switch roles. In particular, it is helpful if the student already has specific questions or things they've identified and want help addressing. Pair writing works well in person and on Google Hangouts which permits real-time collaboration and video chat.
Steps for pair writing
- Identify the issues and questions you would like to resolve (see the writing tips handout) and share this with me when (or before) we start.
- Bring your laptop and be prepared to edit while I ask questions and make high-level suggestions.
- Put your document up on Google Docs/Drive and share it with me (joseph.reagle), or just make it public, for collaborative editing.
- Make sure you can Hangout. I recommend you install the Google Chrome browser, if you use a different browser you'll need this plugin.
- Once we've settled on a time, I will invite/schedule you for a Hangout.
You can view a short video tutorial of this by Daniel Hartzheim.