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Writing speed - tips and advice

Endurance is necessary in exam situations or for recording information in a classroom environment.
Poor hand writers frequently cannot sustain the legibility of their writing as the length of their
assignment/task increases, often causing pain or discomfort in their hands/forearms. As the student
tires, letter sizes may become smaller, writing more laboured and letters and words omitted.

If mastery of correct letter formation does not occur during primary years, the speed of writing will
be affected. The outcome of decreased speed could therefore affect an individual’s ability to record
enough information required during an exam situation.

Speed is the last component of handwriting to be worked on and requires a lot of practice on a daily

If you are worried about your child’s handwriting speed, it is advised that you speak to school
regarding having additional time in exams or using alternative methods of recording their work.