Writing by hand develops students’ Academic Skills

September 1, 2023

In today's digital age, it's not uncommon for students to do many of their assignments on a computer or tablet. However, research suggests that students who physically write assignments develop their skills more thoroughly than those who don't. At Plume, we are first and foremost educators, so we prioritize tools that help students both on and off screen.

Enhances Memory Retention

One of the most significant benefits of handwriting assignments is that it enhances memory retention. When students write things by hand, they are more likely to remember them than if they had typed them. This is because the physical act of writing engages different parts of the brain, leading to deeper processing and encoding of information. This is particularly important for subjects such as history or literature where students are required to remember key facts or details.

Develops Critical Thinking Skills

Handwriting assignments also help develop critical thinking skills. When students write by hand, they must think more carefully about what they are writing, as they cannot simply delete or undo mistakes. This encourages them to plan and organize their thoughts more effectively, leading to more coherent and well-structured assignments. Additionally, when students handwrite assignments, they are more likely to engage in self-reflection and analysis, which helps develop their critical thinking skills.

Improves Writing Quality

Finally, handwriting assignments improve writing quality. When students write by hand, they are forced to focus on the mechanics of writing, such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation. This helps them develop a better understanding of language and how to use it effectively. Additionally, when students write by hand, they are more likely to experiment with different sentence structures, leading to more varied and engaging writing.

Finding the Balance

It is essential for students to handwrite assignments as research shows that students develop their skills more thoroughly when they physically write assignments. Handwriting assignments enhance memory retention, develop critical thinking skills, and improve writing quality.  At Plume, we understand the importance of handwriting assignments in developing academic skills. Our platform provides tools for students to write by hand, upload, and receive feedback from their teachers. By embracing the benefits of handwriting, we can help students become more successful learners.

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