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How to Easily Improve Your Handwriting Speed

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How to Easily Improve Your Handwriting Speed
Handwriting is one of those skills that you generally learn as a kid, and then never try to actively improve as you grow up. However, being able to write faster has some significant benefits, which are especially important for people who often need to write things by hand, such as university students.

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Benefits of writing faster

Benefits of writing faster
  • You don’t have to actively concentrate on the act of writing itself, but on thinking about what to write.
  • You can write your thoughts down immediately as you are forming them, without suffering from a delay which hinders your thought process.
  • Improved performance in various academic tasks (for example, note-taking during lectures and in-class essays).

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Fix your handwriting technique

  • Good handwriting technique: using your fingers as guides, and moving the pen using your forearm and shoulder muscles. This allows you to write quickly, without tiring out or getting cramps.
  • Bad handwriting technique: drawing the letters using your fingers, moving your wrist constantly, and repeatedly picking up your hand from the paper in order to move it across as you write. These issues slow down your writing and cause your hand to tire out.

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Maintain good posture

Maintain good posture

Aim to be seated with your feet resting flat on the floor, and with your hips and lower back supported by the chair. At the same time, your knees should be flexed to approximately 90˚, and your elbows should be slightly flexed, with your forearms resting comfortably on the desk surface.

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Holding your pen

Holding your pen

Hold the pen whichever way feels comfortable.  

Research shows that the way you hold the pen in your hand doesn’t have much of an impact on your writing speed.

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A good writing implement

A good writing implement

Pay attention to:

  • Thickness: pick a pen that isn’t so thin that you end up having to squeeze it tightly, or so thick that it ends up being uncomfortable to hold.
  • Tip size: pick a pen that has a tip size that you feel comfortable with (e.g. 0.5mm versus 0.9mm).
  • Quality: use a good quality pen, that doesn’t require you to press hard on the paper in order to get the ink out. 

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Your handwriting style

Your handwriting style

You can increase your handwriting speed by making a few simple modifications to your handwriting style, and specifically by simplifying the way you write the letters. 

Get rid of excessive marks and styling, as long as omitting them has no impact on the legibility of your writing.

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Pick out the main ideas

When listening to a lecture, identify key phrases, ideas, and takeaway points. When you hear something you’ll need to remember, jot down keywords to serve as reminders.

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Shorthand techniques

Consist of abbreviated symbols, letters, or pen strokes. They’re also a great way of capturing information quickly. 

There are many forms of shorthand, and, depending on how similar they are to modern writing conventions, they can be quite difficult to learn.

For more than 2,000 years people have used shorthand to make note-taking quicker and more reliable.

Review cards

One of the most useful techniques when it comes to reviewing notes.

Limiting the space you have to write your notes on is a way of filtering through the massive amounts of information you must process. 

It forces your brain to be selective and prioritize information.

Speed and transfer

Consider at what speed you should try to do things in order to improve performance.
We can often learn something quickly, but without attaining a master level (like getting good at esti...

Failing to Reach an Ideal

There are two problems you can encounter when you're trying to learn something.

  1. You have a clear understanding of what you'd like to do and how you're going to do it, but you're unable to implement the approach you've chosen. Slow things down so you can pay more attention to every aspect of the problem.
  2. Speed learning is effective when you're not sure what the ideal should be and need more information to work it out. A good example of speed leading to move closer to quality is in entrepreneurial fields. Many fail because they picked the wrong problem to solve and wasted too much time trying to solve it.

Going faster vs doing it right

The balance between going faster and doing it right depends on what you're trying to achieve.

  • Faster feedback means more information to find out your key challenges and possible solutions.
  • Slower helps you focus on a strategy you've chosen, allowing you to execute it correctly.

Turn Up Your Palms

Whenever you're doing something that does not require use of your hands, turn them so that they're palm-side up. You also can do it while standing or walking, leaving your arms down at your sides a...