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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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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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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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  • 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

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

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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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.

Our hands might be scribbling furiously, but in an effort to capture everything, our minds focus on the task of transcribing more than the task of understanding what’s important.

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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 estimating answers to math problems. While you might get within close proximity, you'll seldom get to the exact answer.)
Learning to do something with precision will require a different technique and can take much longer to master.

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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 and turning your palms so that they face outward in the direction you're facing.

Doing the palms up consistently helps your body to correct the posture by itself.

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