Help Your Teenager Become a Confident Writer – SchoolFamily.com. I spent last week working with a wonderful group of students preparing for the writing section of the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam (HSGQE). They spent Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday — 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with me, focusing only on improving their writing. One common thread for all these students was they lacked confidence in their ability to write effectively. Most of them had the basic skills, but they did not believe in themselves enough to get started. Here are some tips to help your child have the confidence they need to effectively communicate their ideas.