Good handwriting skills are primarily taught during the childhood years. However, with the prominence of computer technology, many adults are losing their ability to write by hand, and are developing untidy and messy handwriting. In addition, bad writing habits that develop in childhood can be ingrained and are a lot more difficult to break later in life.
For children, good penmanship can lead to an easier time in school and improved grades. For adults, however, the benefits are quite different, and they are definitely more than simple vanity. Writing using your hand has a host of advantages from improving your memory to acting as therapy.
Adults are required to create professional looking documents when written by hand. Even something as simple as a form filled out at the bank or a signature should be done in a neat handwriting that looks professional and presents you in a business-like manner.
However, if your writing remains illegible not only to others but also to you, you miss out on these benefits. If you are not able to read your handwritten thoughts and ideas, you will be unable to make definite decisions based on them.
If your handwriting is bad and illegible, taking handwriting exercises is much easier than going through the struggle of trying to decipher what you wrote in the first place! If you need more convincing, visit our Pinterest page to encourage you to explore putting pen on paper and escape a world where almost all communication is in bits and bytes!
Handwriting exercises are the foundation of good handwriting because writing by hand is all about fine muscular motor control, and exercises help to train your hand to draw common letter shapes automatically.
One of the fastest ways to improve your handwriting is by using handwriting worksheets. You can get samples from Master Hand Writing, which provide you with excellent writing training. You can print out the worksheets and begin immediately.
This drill is probably the simplest as it only requires you to draw a line of connected u’s. On the upstroke, try and actually lift your pen, while on the down stroke, push it down. Additionally, try and give all the u’s the same slant while making the lines the same height.
This exercise is similar to the connected u’s, but upside down. Once again, stress the downstrokes and go easy on the upstrokes.
If your connected u’s and m’s are slanted, and the letters are not the same height, try drawing little parallel lines as if you are drawing tally marks without placing the fifth slanted tally mark. Concentrate on making them the same slant and height. It does not matter if you fill entire pages with little lines, all that does matter is the result.
This handwriting exercise may seem like a basic place to start, but it really helps lay the foundation for good handwriting. The connected “llullu” is not only an enjoyable exercise but also helps train your hand to get used to the up and down motion.
Practice this drill for ten to fifteen minutes at a time. You might be tempted to keep going so as to see results sooner. However, if you press on for longer, you will end up with a tired, cramped hand and frustrated if you do not see much of an improvement, causing you to regress instead of progress.
All Letters’ Repetition exercise.
Most adults who have problems with their writing have certain letters that they just can’t get the hang of! In this exercise, you should write all the letters from the beginning of the alphabet writing them in both uppercase and lowercase.
Write an uppercase and lowercase of every letter three or four times before moving on to the next letter. You can write it more than four times until you feel you have mastered how to write that letter. Move through the entire alphabet doing the same.
The all letters’ repetition exercise helps train your brain and hand to get accustomed to carefully concentrate on writing each letter, especially the ones you have trouble with.
You might be able to write in a neat, legible handwriting when writing slowly, but the writing becomes messy once you try writing fast. A speed exercise can help you with this problem.
You will need to select a paragraph and write each sentence as fast as you possibly can. Write it several times until it is legible. Once you can read it with ease, move on to the next sentence and so on.