What is the secret to being a good writer?
The great part about writing, like everything, is that it is a skill, to be learned. People are not born with the innate ability to write, so anyone can master it. Everyone's writing is different, but anyone who puts in the time can be a good writer, and good writing is clear writing, which anyone can master with the right experiences and practice
Is it possible to help students whose first language is not English, no matter how much they know the language?
Absolutely! Everyone is fluent in a language and although it may not quickly transfer into writing English, the language, education, and experiences do transfer, and the tutor or teacher must know how to make this happen.
Why do you believe that some students seem to struggle so much more than others in certain classes or in school in general, and what can be done about it?
Every student is different, based on experiences including home life, school experiences, teachers, learning styles, current schedules and issues, and many more. Any successful teacher, coach, guide, or tutor will meet students where they are. Each person grasps concepts differently and at different rates, based on what has already been learned and how. No two people learn differently, and it is the job of helpers to determine exactly where people are and how they best learn in order to help. A tutor cannot help everyone in the same manner, and the background and best course of action must be determined before jumping in.