Why having bad handwriting gives you better exam results!
Posted on September 26, 2016
I could have filled this article with made up rubbish, saying “people with bad handwriting are statistically more intelligent” or “people with bad handwriting are more creative” – but this isn’t Buzzfeed (kidding, love you Buzzfeed). People with bad handwriting aren’t any more or less intelligent that those prized individuals who write like a calligrapher. They don’t write faster because their extreme intellect means they process information much faster than mere mortals with tidy handwriting.
I have appalling handwriting, honestly just reprehensible. A high school teacher once wrote on my exam, “you should sue your primary school for teaching you handwriting is an abstract art form”. This same teacher also said, “I thought I was marking an amputee’s exam which they had written with their mouth”. While his words did hurt, and yes I cried for several days, but they don’t match the advantages having bad handwriting has given me.
Numerous people have warned me that exam markers might refuse to mark my papers, but that has never happened. The amount of hassle it is to mark one of my ‘cave drawing inspired’ exams is outweighed by the work the amount of paperwork required to send an exam back. In fact having having bad writing makes the marker more lenient. Exam markers have limited time to look at each paper, and they’re looking for phrases from the answers they have sitting next to them. This means they want to see the correct answer. If they see a scribble that resembles the real answer, they might just give you that extra mark. This has happened to me even in external exams!
Also since my handwriting is so messy, I can write much faster than my cursively gifted colleagues. This means I can get way more down in the exams. The more you write down, the more likely you are to get the points the markers want.
So, let your handwriting be free. Don’t slow down to be neat and tidy. Who needs that? Not us! We’re an unstoppable force of untidiness coming to school books and exam papers near you!
Cacography is just a fancy word for bad handwriting. Just because we don’t write fancy, doesn’t mean we can’t be fancy.