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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    Given a few hours software can adapt to your voice and you can programme it quite well so definetly give it a good go
    I'm going to have a go with using it at the beginning of term, it will be great for my spelling!

    Yes, I can type super fast, So it would be unfair if I was given 1hr writing compared to 1hr typing.

    (Original post by SeanFM)
    Whilst that is true, and correct me if I'm wrong, you have something of an advantage as you get extra 'thinking time' if you want to during those rest breaks (may or may not be true depending on why you get rest breaks in the first place though). I don't know how they work, but I would think that you can answer 1 essay question for example, look at the next essay question and plan it in your head whilst resting?

    I agree that you do to a certain extent, but you usually forget the thoughts you had as soon as you reopen the paper! Also, that's not generally the first thing I think about as I'm trying desperately not too piss off the rest of the room as I have to leave for the 4th time this exam!!

    I get rest breaks and a laptop. It helps me to organise my thoughts and add things in I've forgotten, because I have a tendency to panic and forget, or structure my essays badly. I don't feel as though I have any advantage, as I am quite a slow typer as well.

    I'm conflicted but honestly, probably not. Yes, there is more variation in typing speed but let's be honest, insisting on handwritten examinations in the 21st Century really does feel a bit silly. Practically any report or essay you will have to write in your professional life will be typed. It makes it easier for examinees and examiners.

    I have friends who use computers in essay based subjects like English and history because their handwriting in exams is really messy and pretty much illegible. I guess they do need to have it to achieve their best in exams but I know I would do so much better in exams if I had that chance as I can type faster than I can write and for essays you can move things around more easily.
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