Many people have beautiful handwriting, however, there are some who even struggle at making their handwriting legible to others. Bad handwriting in a class can be an embarrassing problem, as many teachers keep on insisting on the virtues of good handwriting.
However, one can improve on their handwriting with some simple techniques and a lot of practice. Practicing good handwriting now will help you a long way into the future. Hence, students should learn to write in a legible handwriting.
Cursive handwriting can be quite difficult for many to learn. But, with the right techniques one can learn to write in beautiful cursive handwriting. Also, if you are used to using the computer for typing, then you might want to practice more using pen and paper to improve cursive handwriting. Here are some useful tips and tricks.
Tips and Exercises to Improve Cursive Handwriting
Good Quality Pen
The first thing you need to do is to buy a good quality fountain pen. Keep the ball point pen away. Though, ball point pens are inexpensive they tend to cause downward pressure on the paper.
This means that using a ball point pen even for a few minutes continuously can give you cramps. So, invest in a good quality fountain pen. Hero and Parker are two leading manufacturers of fountain pens. Buy a decent fountain pen and start practicing your cursive handwriting with it.
The next step you need to do is start using ruled books. This is important as it will give you and develop in you a sense of proportion of each letter. Ruled books will also make your cursive handwriting more legible as all the letters will be on the same line.
You can buy a cursive handwriting book or download pictures of standard capital cursive letters and small letters from the Internet.
Ask somebody with good handwriting like a friend or parent to show how they write the letters. Observe the direction in which they move the pen, and try to inculcate the right way of moving the pen for cursive letters. Also, refer to the capital and small letter case from a book or the Internet.
Exercise #1: Everyday try to copy the capital letters and the small letters from A to Z thrice each. Make sure you maintain the right height, width and shape of each letter. Once you are done with this exercise, check for any problems and avoid them. Again for the fourth time copy down all the letters, making sure you are avoiding your previous mistakes.
Keep doing this for a week. Have patience with the process, as writing cursive has to become part of your subconscious, so repeating it for a week is important. Letting the cursive writing sink into your subconscious means, that you have had enough practice with them, so that you can write them even in the middle of the night.
Exercise #2: At the end of the week, practice writing small to long letters. Everyday, make sure you keep checking after the exercise if you have made any mistakes while writing. To get rid of these problems, write the particular word or sentence a few times more. Do this exercise for 10 days, and each day write 5 small and 5 long sentences.
Exercise #3: Finally, start picking up random books and take a random paragraph page from it. Copy the whole page in cursive handwriting. Keep doing a single page a day for a month. Practice is important, as it will only make you perfect.
Also, always go slow when you are writing and avoid cramping your hand, keep your grip relaxed so that the handwriting flows. Once you have had enough practice you will get speed, so don't rush behind speed in the beginning.
Practice consistently using these exercises and right equipment, and you will notice that you have significantly improved your cursive handwriting. Good luck!