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Improve Your Handwriting: Teach Yourself

Improve Your Handwriting: Teach Yourself [Kindle Edition]

Rosemary Sassoon
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"This book helped me to easily diagnose what went wrong and how to set about improving my writing" (Tanya - Amazon reviewer)

Book Description

The only book designed for adults who have problems with their handwriting, this practical and informative title will help you correct problems and develop a mature and individual style.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4439 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (25 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G5Z2HQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teach yourself: Improve your handwriting 29 Dec 2010
By Tanya
Improve Your Handwriting: Teach Yourself (Teach Yourself Home Reference)

This is the only book I have found for improving everyday handwriting. During my last job I found my own writing had become difficult for me to read. I was writing too fast and using a pencil because of the nature of my job. My letters had lost a lot of their shapes, were badly spaced and the long strokes leaned every which way. It took me surprisingly little time to understand what was wrong and to decide what changes to make (less than 3 weeks). In the past, I resorted to calligraphy books which, I now know was a mistake for everyday writing and was a contributary factor to my deteriorating style.

This book helped me to easily diagnose what went wrong and how to set about improving my writing. The book leaves you to decide what you need to do and how much effort you need to put in. For myself, I decided to go through most of the exercises and experiment with different pens. I like the fact that the training alphabet is meant to be used for a short while and then discarded for a more personal style. The samples of handwriting helped me to understand that there is more than one way of making a letter and that I was free to adopt any style that suited my hand. I still have ongoing work to do to develop my style but have now moved on from the book.

I am sure that you will find this book of interest and I recommend it whether you need to use it or just want to read it out of interest.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to put in the work 20 Sep 2011
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A good book if like me you have untidy handwriting you want to improve. It does take time to progress through the book (I have been doing it for a couple of months and have not finished yet) so you do need patience and perseverance to get there but it is well worth it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improve Your Handwriting: Teach Yourself eBook 19 May 2012
By Clet
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I found this book to be very good. My own handwriting is decent but I knew I was doing something wrong as I kept getting writers cramp and bumps on my middle finger. So I read this book to see if it would give me any tips.
A wider diametre pen gives greater comfort to hold, so you apply less pressure. A ballpoint pen writes easily in any direction- making it easier to make mistakes.
The way I held my pen was wrong- I held it between the first finger and thumb, resting on the middle one- hence the bumps. This book taught me to hold it between the middle and first finger, resting against the thumb. This was far more comfortable and easier to write with as I had more control over movement.
The book goes into depth of techniques to free the hand up of tension, namely doodling.
It shows you how to properly form the alphabet in the basic style before explaining that cursive writing is more mature than otherwise.
After researching seperately into different fonts. I decided that I like my own handwriting but it has improved with the new grip technique.
I bought a fountain pen to compliment my writing as it has a bigger diametre than Bic Ballpoint pens. I find this pen far more easier to use and in blue ink it looks less spidery than the scratchiness of machanical pencils. I think the fountain pen makes your work more personal and gives it more soul. If you found this book helpful consider the need to get a wider pen- it works a treat. It is something I have never considered because I thought modern pens were ergonomic. How wrong I was. I am so glad I read this book, If only I hadn't read it sooner. :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a try 8 May 2013
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My hand writing had got really bad after I developed a tremor in my right hand and arm. I do a lot of traveling around South East Asia in the winter months, from filling and sending cards back home had become a right pain. During my last trip, up at the Laos border I had to fill in some immigration forms and made a mess of them with bad hand writing. I knew I had to do something about it. On returning home I looked for a book on the internet and brought this one from Amazon it’s been hard work trying out different pens & pen holds and doing the exercises, but worth it. I will never be a really good, at hand writing, but at least I can now get by reasonably well thanks to this book. I strongly recommend this book, you can do something about poor hand writing if you want to, give it a go by the way I am an OAP.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No more illegible writing 23 April 2012
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For everyone (like myself)who worries that their writing is illegible (even to themselves) - take heart! This book will solve the problem. It is very innovative to the extent of suggesting a different pen hold which works well. Good advice re posture, lighting etc is also given. Particular problems such as left-handedness are also dealt with. Exercises which really help progression are also given. The book is written in an approachable, friendly manner, and I recommend it. Go ahead and buy a copy- you have nothing to loose but your scrawl
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good but not a miracle cure! 14 April 2011
By Rob
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Even though I haven't yet used this book as much as I should, it has already improved my handwriting simply due to trying a different pen grip and a different pen!

It discusses other difficulties with handwriting too, which is good for me as I have a tremor and dyspraxia. Exercises have helped me view letters differently which is very helpful.

The authors take an unprescriptive approach which I found very helpful due to my difficultues. They say that you should find what works for you and treat you as an individual with individual needs.

This book is good, but make sure you stick with it! It is not a miracle cure and will take you to do all the work in practicing the exercises, something which I need to get back too!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good little book and as long as you put the ...
Good little book and as long as you put the time in, you will notice gradual changes in your hand writing start to improve.
Published 1 month ago by Massud Rezaie
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought
I was looking for something that gave me exercises to practice, instead this tiny book cheaply published offers various ideas as to how you might improve your writing such as... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Norseman
4.0 out of 5 stars Improve your handwriting - not learn to write from scratch as most...
I've only had this book a few days and my handwriting has improved massively. This book is for adults and it approaches the subject knowing that it isn't starting with a clean... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dayv
2.0 out of 5 stars Lack of practice
OK, this book is theoretical, talking about hand written. This book will not change your handing written in any shape or form, it lacks practical training and its very boring to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by riad
3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright.
This book is definitely for adults. It does provide exercises to do but I feel there's a lot of talk in it but not much clear instruction.
Published 6 months ago by bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for improving
Helps to write and improve your written words makes them neater and more elegant,
if like me you never paid enough attention to your writing skills, its never too late to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Julia Ann Rothwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Practical
I bought the book to help someone out and wondered what it would be like. The way it is written you can adapt it to suit the needs of whoever wants to improve and whatever aspect... Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. A. Croucher
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
You cant just dip into this as it leads you through exercises in an agenda of its own. Basically I got fed up following it.
Published 16 months ago by Mrs M Mabbutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!
I have used this to work to improve my handwriting and it has really worked! I found it easy and interesting to use. Read more
Published 18 months ago by BlueTrees
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, nice theory.
I was very happy with the product, it contains some interesting theory about hand writting in general and offers lots of support with hand writting practice. Read more
Published on 30 May 2012 by M
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