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    I have always had a major problem writing fast - I write much slower than I think, and this severely holds me back in exams. Mostly due to severe hand cramps not long after writing. (I timed my speed and it's roughly 15 words per minute, any faster and the pain becomes unbearable).

    The pen I use is really great - Lamy safari with Pentel energel refills, and I've tried just about every grip I can think of, nothing works.

    My course demands we write really fast in exams - 30 mins per 800 word essay. That is nearly twice as fast as I can actually write! I lost a lot of marks in year one because of this and came dangerously close to missing out on a first. (frankly I think such a tight time limit is daft anyway as it just differentiates people by writing speed rather than what they write but hey, not my call)

    Unfortunately I'm fairly sure I don't meet enough criteria for dysgraphia and without any kind of medical acknowledgement my university won't grant me any extra time.

    Has anyone else got the same problem? Any ideas would be appreciated.
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    (Original post by spleenharvester)
    I have always had a major problem writing fast - I write much slower than I think, and this severely holds me back in exams. Mostly due to severe hand cramps not long after writing. (I timed my speed and it's roughly 15 words per minute, any faster and the pain becomes unbearable).

    The pen I use is really great - Lamy safari with Pentel energel refills, and I've tried just about every grip I can think of, nothing works.

    My course demands we write really fast in exams - 30 mins per 800 word essay. That is nearly twice as fast as I can actually write! I lost a lot of marks in year one because of this and came dangerously close to missing out on a first. (frankly I think such a tight time limit is daft anyway as it just differentiates people by writing speed rather than what they write but hey, not my call)

    Unfortunately I'm fairly sure I don't meet enough criteria for dysgraphia and without any kind of medical acknowledgement my university won't grant me any extra time.

    Has anyone else got the same problem? Any ideas would be appreciated.
    With that amount of pain, would a GP be able to write a medical note at all? Personally I would say, you could always get a test for dyspraphia just in case. Is there any possibility you might meet the criteria for dyspraxia? I have pain in my hands after writing for extended periods because of my dyspraxia and it does have some overlap with some symptoms of dysgraphia
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    Is it possible that you might be able to type your exams instead of handwriting them?
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    Try this, should help out b
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    Have you tried writing cursive? It increased my word count/minute two fold

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    (Original post by spleenharvester)
    I have always had a major problem writing fast - I write much slower than I think, and this severely holds me back in exams. Mostly due to severe hand cramps not long after writing. (I timed my speed and it's roughly 15 words per minute, any faster and the pain becomes unbearable).

    The pen I use is really great - Lamy safari with Pentel energel refills, and I've tried just about every grip I can think of, nothing works.

    My course demands we write really fast in exams - 30 mins per 800 word essay. That is nearly twice as fast as I can actually write! I lost a lot of marks in year one because of this and came dangerously close to missing out on a first. (frankly I think such a tight time limit is daft anyway as it just differentiates people by writing speed rather than what they write but hey, not my call)

    Unfortunately I'm fairly sure I don't meet enough criteria for dysgraphia and without any kind of medical acknowledgement my university won't grant me any extra time.

    Has anyone else got the same problem? Any ideas would be appreciated.
    Same problem. I get hand cramps, have messy handwriting and I can't write quickly. I have a dyspraxia diagnosis so I get extra time, and a laptop in exams. Other people have a scribe in exams or breaks.

    If you have problems with coordination then it might be worth looking into it. Try going to your disabled students office as they will be able to do a diagnostic assessment.

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    Update on this, my doctor agrees that I should get extra time and I am just waiting for a physio to confirm.

    Part of the problem is apparently that I don't keep my thumb straight, but the joint physically just doesn't let me angle it the way I'm supposed to.
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    Another update, saw physio, turns out there is something majorly wrong with my hand in the adductor policis region, and have been referred to a hand specialist. Should get extra time for January exams, and thereafter until I can sort the problem.
 
 
 
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