Handwriting is Important for Learning Infographic
10 Handwriting Facts
- Structured handwriting lessons lead to improved writing performance, academic success, and overall student self-esteem.
- A 2012 study found that 33% of people had difficulty reading their own handwriting.
- A 2012 study concluded that one in three participants had not been required to produce something in handwriting for more than half a year.
- Research shows that you remember information better when you write it by hand than when you type it.
- Students WITHOUT consistent exposure to handwriting are more likely to have problems retrieving letters from memory; spelling accurately; extracting meaning from text or lecture; and interpreting the context of words and phrases.
- Handwriters exhibit better comprehension of the content and were more attentive and involved during the class discussions versus classmates who took notes by computer.
- Elementary-age students who wrote compositions by hand rather than by keyboarding, one researcher found, wrote faster, wrote longer pieces, and expressed more ideas.
- During early childhood, writing letters improves letter recognition, as shown in brain imaging studies; and teaching handwriting leads to improved reading, as shown in instructional studies.
- A psych professor at Dominican University of California found that people who wrote down their goals, shared them with others, and maintained accountability for their goals were 33% more likely to achieve them, versus those who just formulated goals.
- National statistics point to underachievement in writing as a condition that leads to school dropout, grade retention, and failure to graduate from high school or college.