8 Amazing Facts About Your Handwriting
‘This your handwriting looks like a chicken’s trail on a muddy floor’ says dad as he went through my secondary school notes.
Those words sunk into my heart as I realized that handwriting still forms an integral part of our education system. I hurriedly went to analyze his own handwriting too, on the pages of his study notes in his room. Truth be told, it was lovely. It looked like a well-placed calligraphy.
Right there and then, I desired to improve my handwriting and by the time I was done with my self-taught hand writing lessons, I got compliments everywhere my writing was seen.
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It didn’t end there, when I got to the university, I would copy my printed hand-outs into my personal notes, even if it will take me days to do that. This, I found easy because I had fallen in love with my writing and I now seem to read faster and assimilate better when I read my writing.
From choir notes to school notes to attendance sheets to complimentary cards to bank forms, my handwriting stood gallantly with arms crossed, taking pride in itself and smiling at each onlooker. The truth is, if each compliment were to come with a price, I’m sure I’ll be in trillions by now (Lol).
See why your handwriting is not just a trivial skill, but as important as any training you could undergo to add value to yourself.
1. It increases or decreases your exam scores
Do you know some exam papers are so hard to score simply because the written answers are not legible enough? On the other hand, if your handwriting is so easy to read and of course, your tenses are right, the lecturer will more likely give you extra marks for being able to read your scripts effortlessly and not straining his eyes like other writings would.
As a teacher, knowing that you would spend less time and energy to mark a particular student’s note is enough motivation to help you mark appropriately and completely.
Ask any teacher, lecturer or examiner, they will tell you that’s the truth and as long as the majority of our exams are handwritten, having a good one will give you an extra advantage amidst your peers. Don’t let your examiner guess what you wrote. Let your writing be bold enough to speak for itself. This is especially important for writing task as more attention is given to your spellings.
2. It gives an impression – Whether false or real
There was a day I went to the hospital to visit someone and I helped out to buy some drugs at the pharmacy, unfortunately, I couldn’t read what the doctor wrote on the drug prescription note, I stared hard at the note over and over again but couldn’t fully read the full words.
Then, I assumed the doctor must be unprofessional and maybe a bit reckless. Well, I may be wrong, but wouldn’t you want people to see your handwriting somewhere and say ‘please I need to see who wrote this, he must be good-looking and neat’. Wouldn’t you? So, having a legible handwriting gives you a much better personality. The good news is, it can be learned and practised. So come on, it’s not rocket science.
3. It creates opportunities
A friend of mine, Bright wrote a letter to one of the biggest secondary schools in Lagos, Nigeria to speak to the students and motivate them for excellence. Days later, he was contacted and realized that one basic reason he got called was because his handwriting compelled the receiver of the letter to read through. Obviously, the recipient was a busy person and would have shoved the letter somewhere for the next few days. That’s the power of a compelling handwriting, it could be easily used to make a judgement about us. Besides, there is a strong link between handwriting and spelling, which can reinforce early writing skills.
Do you know some of your friends will look at some handwritings and say this must be my friend’s writing? she was here, I can see her writing on this sheet. So, would I be wrong to say, by your writing, we shall know your mark on the sand of time. Lol.
Imagine I wrote something for someone to see and the person gets there and cannot decipher what I have written, what happens to such information? It dies off, unfulfilled, mission aborted, no message passed. As inconsequential as this may sound, it can be a saving grace in a life-threatening situation where the only option you have is to write a message to the person needing the information.
5. Cognitive benefits
While I was in the university, I had a jotter where I poured my thoughts after I’m done reading the lecturer’s notes, popularly referred to as hand-outs. As I kept doing this, I realized it was very easy for me to remember my notes because I wrote them consciously after assimilation.
Sometimes, the whole picture of my notes and the exact page will appear in my head and that gives me a natural speed to answer questions on time. You see, handwriting promotes clear thought and natural structure that helps you re-evaluate and digest your notes. This re-evaluation gives you the opportunity to add extra observations and personal explanations to what you’ve written while maintaining speed, especially in time-limited examinations.
6. It makes you employable
As insignificant as it may seem, some companies and industries require at least some display of handwriting skills. Some vacancies require a handwritten application letter or cover letter and you can imagine the fate of applicants who cannot write legibly and articulately.
Aside from being an employment skill, some fields such as Medical-related professions require medical notes and prescriptions for patients. An account officer or a financial recorder also need a legible writing to do a manual arithmetic and prevent a situation of miscalculation.
7. Fewer distractions
In this digital biosphere of I-pads and phone tablets, there is a lot of distractions from the internet and applications. You remember something and you want to quickly type it on your phone, a call comes in and then a text message and then a WhatsApp message and then a comment on your Facebook post (You can relate, right?), and before you know it, you have forgotten that which you wanted to type on your phone’s notepad. That’s what writing on a small piece of paper will not let you go through, why? Because it does what it is meant to do and not multi-task as your computers and phones.
Besides, there’s a tendency you would want to edit your words as you type rather than letting it flow which can be counterproductive for an inspired process but your hand lets you write your thoughts first and edit later, this way the creativity, originality and freshness of your ideas are preserved.
8. Artistic opportunities
Studies show that there is something uniquely multidimensional about putting pen to paper to form words and phrases. Writing engages the brain and motor skills in a different way when compared to typing on a keyboard. It is likened to a holistic and tactile experience that engages the eyes, hands, fingertips, arms and hand muscles. The truth is, with a pen in my hand, I could write tens and hundreds of thoughts that will flow naturally, linking up creative and artistic opportunities that most likely wouldn’t happen when typing on a keyboard.
On a final note, Ryder Carroll, creator of Bullet Journal (a note-taking system for pen and paper), said “there is something incredibly powerful about making your mark on a paper. It’s the exact moment when an idea leaves your mind and looks back at you for the first time” and guess what! He has never been able to replicate that experience digitally.
His statement leaves me feeling complete about this whole write-up and that’s why I’ll just let my ink take a full stop here. No wonder many writers attest to the value of an outstanding handwriting.
I hope I have been able to convince you enough to make your writing as good and legible enough to bring goodies your way.
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