I have an upcoming exam for a business module of my degree. It’s 3 hours long written exam. When our lecturer told us about it, I didn’t think much of it to be honest. The it dawned on me: I haven’t hand-written anything at length it over 10 years – apart from the odd letter – 2 sides max. My first primary school was a state primary school, which I believe is still going 30 years on. I moved to a private school, St Joseph’s Convent, and I remember practising my handwriting at length, special ‘penmanship paper’, but I was really behind the other pupils – I couldn’t write cursively. Indeed, I learned to write cursively eventually but after fracturing my little finger in secondary school (before I learned to punch properly!), I reverted to print form. People do comment I have nice hand-writing and I do enjoy calligraphy but achieve legible writing takes me ages. Writing does not feel natural to me like typing (although I can only touch type if I’m not paying attention – as soon as I realise I am touch typing, I fumble). I have to ‘go back to school’ to learn to write again[…]

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