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Slow Writing Speed? No Problem!

Many students know the answer of the questions but fail to complete the paper in the time frame of the examination. Why does this happen? Is it only because of slower writing speed or are there any other reasons. In this article, I will explain the various reasons which make you unable to complete your answers in time and the ways to combat this problem, particularly during your exam.

First of all, you need to have a reasonable writing speed, which comes from practice. You can work regularly to increase your speed. Practice writing a lot and if you get pain at the end of the day, you can massage your hands before you go to bed to recover from the pain of writing and be able to practice again, the next day.

Second, being well prepared can also dramatically improve your speed. To understand this, let us imagine that you are not well prepared. Now what will you do in the exam hall? You'll read all the questions first, and then give a sigh! (Probably!!) Then you think of attempting questions but since you don't know the answer of all the questions you will have to select the questions you know well. Sometimes, you have to wait and think about what to write after you have already attempted a question and have just written a few lines on it. You can neither just cross it, nor move ahead resulting in a good deal of time loss. Similarly, without being well prepared you can't write answers smoothly and continuously. So, there are many ways you lose time in the absence of preparation.

If you try to write in overly neat and beautiful handwriting then that too will make you late in completing the paper. So, write clear and understandable handwriting and move on with speed. Don't hesitate to cross your answers in the exams if you make mistakes. I assure you that nothing happens if examiners see a lot of crossed lines!! It really doesn't matter because examiners always get copies like that and it's normal for them. In short try to be neat, but not obsessive about it only. There are no extra marks for beautiful handwriting.

Sometimes, being selective in answering questions also helps you avoid losing marks on simple and easier questions. That's because either some questions are simple or they take less time or both. In such cases, if you become selective then you can score better marks by solving more questions and the questions you know well. But for this you may need to be thoroughly aware about the question pattern and well prepared for the exam. By the same token, you can avoid time consuming questions which bear fewer marks.

Quite often you get stuck in the middle of an answer or don't know how to start the answer. In such cases, you get stuck thinking how to approach the question or complete its answer. My suggestion in the cases like this is to move on to the next question and postpone the question which requires you to think. Now, if you have enough time after completing the answers you know well, you can think to answer those difficult questions unhurriedly. Even if you can't complete them be glad that you have done all the questions which you could answer. Just think how you would feel if you had wasted too much time on the question you can't answer and missed the question which you can answer quite well.

These points will definitely help you better manage your time in the exams. So, next time you sit for exams, don’t forget to consider these points. You’ll not only complete your paper in time, but will also gain more marks by answering the questions you know well.


  1. That is true. One has to have a 'reasonable writing speed.' My teachers actually timed our writing back in college and we had to abide by an average WPM. It seemed a bit foolish because the speed will not matter if the words written do not make sense at all. - Layce, one of the many term paper writers online.


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