April 1, 2014
5 Fun Ways to Improve Your Handwriting
To celebrate National Stationery Week we’ve decided to come up with 5 fun ways in which you can improve your handwriting in preparation for the UK’s end of term GCSE and A-Level exams.
In the age of computers, tablets and smartphones, putting pen to paper is becoming a rare occurrence. Nevertheless, despite its declining usage, handwriting remains a critical cog of the way we communicate – think of examinations, conferences, lectures or meetings.
Improving your handwriting has several key benefits. Firstly, it speeds you up – you’ll be able to answer questions more quickly and keep up with what’s being said during meetings or workshops. It also makes it legible, which makes it easier for examiners to mark your paper and for you to be able to read your own notes later on. To improve your handwriting without making it seem like a chore, why not try these 5 fun ways?
Since the inception of emails, people hardly send letters anymore. It’s quite a shame, as they’re more personal, unique, and it’s just appealing to receive something tangible. So next time you want to write your friend an email, why not turn to writing a letter instead?
Try and convince your friendly and family to get in on the action as well. Try and exchange letters or cards once or twice a month with a few people – you’ll soon notice a noticeable improvement in your handwriting!
Take Up Drawing
If you’re not much of an artist, why not give it a try by taking up a bit of drawing? It’s a fun pastime that will help you develop your skills with your pen, resulting in improved handwriting without you even realising it.
You can sign yourself up with a private tutor to ensure you use the right drawing techniques. It also makes the process much more fun when you start seeing actual development in your skills!
Wait, how do games help with handwriting? It’s all about getting involved with something that requires you to draw and/or write. Think about anything that requires your hand to be precise and the pressure applied to be just right – games like Jenga or Don’t Spill the Beans work extremely well.
Dot-to-Dot and Maze Worksheets
The traditional dot-to-dot is one of the most effective ways to help develop a younger student’s handwriting at an early age – they improve how you use your pen, as you have to be very careful and precise when connecting the dots. Mazes also work extremely well and they’re also quite challenging for younger students.
The web is full of these that you can print off for free, meaning it’s a cheap way to work on your handwriting without actually having to write!
Finally, Find The Right Pen
Most of us simply write with whatever we can find, whether it’s the cheapest pen at your local stationary shop, or something you just found lying around at home. This is a mistake – the first step to great handwriting is using the correct equipment.
You don’t need to invest in an expensive fountain pen. You just need something that works. Wait till you come across a model that feels comfortable to the grip, and where the ink comes out without the need to apply a lot of pressure – fingers tire very easily while writing for hours on end!
Make the process fun by going to the shops and getting a range of different types – try them all out and see which one feels right. Don’t go too crazy with the colours though!