Can one get away with awful handwriting during exams? No! Even the smartest kids in class can’t get the best marks if their handwriting isn’t legible. Get into the habit of working on better handwriting now. In order to do that, start from the basics. Beautiful handwriting is pleasant to the eyes, easy to read and always appreciated. The trick is to practice enough to make it a habit, so that you can maintain the speed of writing, while also writing in the most beautiful handwriting you can produce.
Here are some strategies to improve handwriting:
1. Invest in the right set of materials:
Buying a pen that writes smoothly or the best mechanical pencil that you can find, can be a real boon when it comes to your journey to bettering your handwriting. Pick a pen or a pencil that makes you want to write with every day!
2. The technique of holding a pen:
Did you know that most people hold a pen too tightly, when writing? This affects their handwriting. A tight grip actually strains the muscles in the hands thereby causing you to have a cramped handwriting. In order to be able to allow your handwriting to flow, keep the grip while holding your pen relaxed.
3. Write using proper body parts:
Most people think that they are supposed to write keeping the arm locked in, in a particular position, and only use the hand to write. But, that is not the best way to write. To see the difference, write down as usual, with the above mentioned position. Compare this with writing without moving your fingers, instead move your arms. You will find it a bit awkward at first, but you will notice how much this exercise frees you up and helps you write smoothly.
4. Get your posture right:
The way that you sit while you write also affects your handwriting, immensely. Moreover, if you slouch or lean when you write, the changing of positions can make for inconsistent handwriting. In order to maintain proper posture while writing, you should keep your back straight, relax your shoulders, position your feet at an angle of 90 degrees, preferably, so that you sit straight up while allowing the chair to support your lower back.
5. Stretching works:
Just like you stretch before exercising, stretching is a good idea before beginning to write. Flex your fingers, turn your wrists in circles and rotate your arms in circles to loosen your body up before writing. You may question the use of stretching as a way to improve the handwriting, at first, but eventually you will realize how it helps in the transition to better handwriting – by providing strength and better control to your hand and body movements, while writing.
6. Slow it down:
Some of the people with the best penmanship may also be those who write at a pretty fast pace. This may wrongly lead you to believe that writing fast will also help you better your handwriting. But, writing is really not a race and certainly not the kind that is beautiful. Slow your speed down to allow it to be a part of your muscle memory. It will get faster in time. For now though, being deliberately slow while learning better handwriting will help you.
7. Morning pages:
Journaling is said to have a therapeutic effect on an individual. Doing it early in the morning is a wonderful way to begin the day, if you are up for it. If not, find time during the day, when you feel most expressive, and write down your thoughts slowly onto paper. Practice your best handwriting while doing so, to get into habit.
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