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August 10, 2021 Tuesday 04:56:07 PM IST

Handwriting Improves Reading Skills

A new study by cognitive science researchers at John Hopkins University has shown that hand writing improves reading skills. The experiment involved 43 people adults who were taught Arabic alphabet, split into three groups of learners: writers, typers and video watchers. After the end of six sessions, everyone could recognise the letters and made few mistakes when tested. But the writing group reached this level of proficiency faster than the other groups- a few of them in just two sessions. The writing group performed well in writing the word, using them to spell new words and read unfamiliar words. The researchers concluded that handwriting reinforces the visual and oral lessons. It provides a perceptual-motor experience that unifies what is being learned about the letters (their shapes, their sounds, and their motor plans). This reinforces the theme of using pen and notebooks in classrooms despite the arrival of tablets and keyboards.