Infographic: 20 Ways Handwriting is Good for You and Your Studying

Handwriting is no longer taught in schools, which is a shame. There are well known connections between writing stuff down and remembering it.

The following infographic by IvyPanda details 19 other benefits.


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  1. Xavier Basora14 January, 2021


    Nice infographic. Preaching the choir 🙂 i ‘ve always handwritten my essays before typing them. I wish Wacom would make writing pads i’d prefer to write and the software convertit to text.


  2. Tom S14 January, 2021

    What about all the down sides: writer’s cramp, lack of backup, not being able to read your own handwriting, fire hazard, no encryption, no security, to name but a few.

    Seriously, nobody is going back to paper and pencil. Studies are needed to figure out what works in our digital world instead of going retro.

    iPadOS does a credible job of converting handwriting to text. So to the degree it is neurologically beneficial to make your hand do gymnastics, you do not need to consume writing materials.

    1. Andrea15 January, 2021

      I’d say it doesn’t matter if you use a sheet of paper or a screen and converting software. I assume the brain works the same way in both cases. Using your hands, concentrating etc are important. Converting handwriting to text just helps you do some things faster.
      But there are a lot of people who do use pencil and paper. 😉

    2. Xavier Basora16 January, 2021

      Tom S,

      Too bad I can’t use my small fountain pen collection when writing on a screen 🙂 That’s one of the joys of writing by hand on paper. Perhaps the big fountain pen manufacturers could produce one. That’d be nice.


  3. Allen F17 January, 2021

    This is one of those ‘Whatever works best for you’ type things.

    I’m one of those that the screen is the only way I’m going to write. Can’t read my own chicken scratch six months later, no room on the paper for all the corrections and added words a reread sees it needs.

    So it’s only good for ‘you’ if it works better for ‘you’ than doing it some other way.

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  5. JL Civi24 January, 2021

    Did anyone else notice number 17 & number 20 in the infographic have the exact same blurb?

    1. Nate Hoffelder24 January, 2021

      Whoops! I missed that.

  6. Bower Maze30 January, 2021

    #7 Improved motor skills – these are easily lost. It’s shocking how bad my handwriting has become over the years of using a computer. Writing the odd sentence on paper isn’t a big deal but I recently had to write a WHOLE letter by hand – I was so ashamed of the quality!


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