Will anybody write in the future? With handheld devices becoming so prevalent,
it’s unsure what place writing will have in society, but for now,
it’s still a large part of our academic careers. Having an elegant
handwriting is a great asset and being able to write legibly and quickly
is a very valuable talent when it comes to being successful in exams.
This is especially true in college where students will have to write exams
in essay form.
Acquiring good writing skills is a matter of pride and practice. Teach
your students to be proud of their writing. When they show improvements
in their writing, be sure to praise and reward your student. Placing value
on writing skills will encourage them to spend more time and effort on
It’s never too late to improve your writing. You can break bad habits
and improve your style and the speed with which you write. Speak to your
tutor about ways in which to improve writing so that you can answer exam questions
legibly and quickly.
Your tutor can help you to improve your writing so that your exam scores
improve too. This is especially true for anyone who has lost marks because
their writing was illegible or because they didn’t have time to
finish writing their thoughts down.
When it comes to writing, practice makes perfect. Avoid cursive writing
if you have trouble with legibility. Writing in cursive is faster, but
it’s harder to read. Remember that being legible is the only way
to succeed in exams; your teachers cannot award marks for answers that
they can’t read.
Ensure that your hands are not sweaty. If you get nervous in exams and
have sweaty palms, take paper towels or tissues into the exam room with
you. Keeping your hands dry will help you to maintain a secure grip on
your pen or pencil.
Make sure that your grip is correct. You should hold your pen or pencil
between your thumb and index finger while resting it on your middle finger.
If you have trouble holding your pencil in this way or have learned to
hold your pen differently, get a pen holder from your local stationary
store. These plastic grips help you to hold your pen in the correct manner.
Write slowly and focus on writing neatly. Sure, this means that initially
your homework will take longer, but soon your speed will improve and you
will be writing quickly and legibly. It‘s a tedious task at first,
but knowing that you will never lose marks over illegible answers again
make it well worth the effort.
Having a neat handwriting is also a great asset when you are in college
or when you get a job. Presenting neat, legible work will reflect positively
on you in your workplace. Being able to take notes quickly and legibly
in college will make it much easier for you to study for exams.
Writing neatly takes patience and practice, but it is something that, once
learned, will be a valuable asset throughout your life.