Left handed writing problems for left handed children at school
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A supply teacher at school once taught me to tilt my paper - I think I was about 8. All teachers were fine with this, except another horrible supply teacher on my first day in a new schools who said'we don't have our paper like that in this school'. I had very neat writing at school - so they probably saw it worked well!
After writing a long paper, the whole side of my hand will be completely blackened from the lead I smeared with it.
Also digging hole in paper with pen tip!
also mirror writing
Also, very untidy and forming letters backwards so instead of going anti-clockwise to write'O', I go clockwise
Always, all the teachers comment that my hand writing needs to be neater.
As a left hander I am unable to use fountain pens as I find that due to the shape of the nib the pen "drags" into the paper.
As you can tell by my age, when I went to school the teachers tried to make me write right-handed, so I never developed pretty handwriting, but I had a big resentment against my teachers.
At school I was informed that I was a very lucky girl, because I was one of the first children the British Army schools were allowing to use their left hand.
at school we use white board which are very hard to use when your left handed as you wipe it all off as you go along
avoid using erasable pen & soft-leaded pencils; also markers that remain wet or fountain pens
Before I started school my Mum taught me to tilt my paper, so that when I was writing I wouldn't hook my hand or smudge my writing. But when I went to school the teachers seemed to have a problem with anyone left handed and wouldn't let me tilt my paper (they would paperclip it to the table so I couldn't move it!), thus I now write with a hook and smudge my writing.
Being condemned by teachers for my "messy" cursive when young and for writing with my left hand. They were right handed and did not know how to teach a left handed person to use handwriting. I had this same issue with my 10 year old just this past school year. So I had to get the teaching material and teach him myself.
Bios are the worst for writing with. The heat of my hand smudges anything I write with them.
Bit untidy though, as taught to write by right hander. never smudge, I always use a fountain pen as I can't stand biro's and have always been an underwriter
Both my parents were left handers so taught me correctly from the minute I picked up a pencil and piece of paper
But I did learn from an early age that if you write with a piece of paper under your hand that you don't smudge your work when writing with a messy biro or fountain pen!
California State University, Sacramento has removed a large majority of their left-handed lecture desks. Since a majority of classes are large lecture type, I have has very bad back and neck problems. The chairs are permanent, and I cannot add another desk because it would be a fire hazard in the walkway.
can write with both hands. although use right mostly
can't write with pen because it's too smudgy, hand starts to hurt during long essay tests
Catholic Schools, some seemed disappointed that I could not write legibly, however no effort was made to assist in writing left handed.
Depends on pen used. I could get neater script with fountain pens than with biros but often I had to concentrate.
depends on the pen, writing on the white board it is hard not to smudge or wipe it out completely
Doing quite well
don't like writing because it's hard
Edward is developing a very bad pencil grip and bad posture. Both his father and I (his mother)are right-handed so teaching him good habits is difficult as we really don't know how it feels to hold the pencil in the way he does. Edward's sister is also left-handed and has developed bad habits too. We have tried to address these but have had very little support from the school.
Erasable pen is the worst for smudging!
Erm... I'm always smudging everything I write. Especially with pens and mechanical pencils. I also arch my hand weirdly, and I take a lot of room to write.
Especially as I used a fountain pen at school.
especially when using fountain pens!
Even though I am now at university, I suffer terribly with the speed in which I write, which has affected me throughout my school life and was never picked up until I informed one of my former teachers.
Every day when I get home from school, the side of my left hand is blue from the smudges off my page!
Every time I take a test that uses a bubble sheet, I have to go back with an eraser to erase smudges that were caused by my hand. I usually try to take the test backwards.
Everybody say that I have a very nice handwriting...if I actually draw letters.
Exams caused a really aching left hand. Also I now have a callous on my middle finger and one on my little finger from it smudging along the page.
found if I held the pen pencil on an angle don't get aching hand or smudging. still sometimes get print if doing the newspaper crossword all along little finger and side of hand.
Had to use a line guide at school that was on a set place on the table - couldn't twist it around so ended up with very sloped writing!
Handwriting is'normal' but un-decipherable now due to being used to typing into a computer.
Handwriting kept me off the Honour Role quite a bit.
have started to write with an ink pen and smudge every word, then get told off
Have to twist body to accommodate everyone else when on table. At UNi chairs ONLY have table on right arm NOT helpful for left handers!
Haven't had any problems - in fact received a couple of prizes at school (primary & secondary) for neatness. My writing's a mess now as I type much more than write
I actually don't write with an odd grip like the other left handers I know. I have a very upright grip with very little paper slant needed-although I do sometimes grip the pencil too hard.
I also have a tumour in my left should which makes things extra fun.
i always end up arching my hand above the paper as opposed to resting my hand on it - it hurts!
I always get ink or graphite on the side of my hand when I write.
I always had smudges on my hand from writing and usually I'll have to redo what I'm doing. For example writing in a card, on an application, I hate having the smudges. I write pretty fast though because my teachers will talk fast and I like getting things done.
I always try to avoid writing in pen because of the smudges.
i always write left handed I write with my paper upside down
I am a left handed teacher, teaching textiles in a secondary school. Thought I'd fill it in from the staff's point of view.
I am a teacher, and if I need to handwrite a sign, I work right-left, bottom-top in order not to smudge my work. Clever, but hard! I really feel for left-handed pupils. For all children, their day they first write with a pen should be a great achievement. For left-handers it's the start of blowing on your writing to help it to dry!
I am a very positive person but have MS and my right hand side is affected. I am retired and am only just able to sign my name with my right hand. I spend quite a lot time painting in oils and acrylics but it is now almost impossible with my right hand and so I am now beginning to paint with my left hand. Do you have anything OI can use to improve the pointing of my brushes in my left hand. I am now going over to my left hand for most things.
I am answering some of the questions regarding myself as a child, and other questions I am answering as a left handed elementary school teacher who is proud to be left handed and makes it very special for my left handed students!
I am no longer a student but can answer these for when I was a student, It was terrible.
I am RS hemiplegic, we believe I should be RH, but have to use my left hand due to disability.
I can write quickly but my handwriting is illegible to everybody else.
I can't seem to write comfortably when my wrist is straight
I cant write with glitter pens, or pens that the ink don't dry immediately
I can't write with pens unless they are the ballpoint kind that dries as soon as it touches the paper. If I write with any other type of pen it's impossible to read what I wrote.
I constantly smudge the work I've just written, leaving my writing looking sloppy. I generally have to use a second piece of paper to follow my hand to avoid smudging.
I did have trouble learning to write certain letters.
I did the national handwriting competition at junior school and was always determined to write well - my brother (10 years older) was made to write right handed without my parents knowledge so they were also very supportive of me.
I do occasionally smudge my work, but not often and I don't write with my hand hooked over the page.
I don't know if I will count in this instant due to my age, but I felt I should respond
I don't think this is solely due to being lefthanded. My hand aches when I do a lot of calligraphy.
I don't write from the top but hold my hand just as though I'm writing right handed
I entered school in the time when children were changed to writing with their "right" hand, but I was lucky, and no one ever tried to change me. I feel that is why I have no problems writing today.
I experienced all of these symptoms frequently.
I feel troublesome that the ink will stain on my hand and paper (if the ink haven't totally dry )during I was writing
I find it easier to print than to write cursively.
I find that I grip the pen quite hard and this makes my hand ache.
I get upset because I smudge my work & I often have to finish my work in my own time because I write slowly
I got taught well for being a left hander in Year 1, and I am better at writing neatly than other left-handers
I had a grade 2 teacher who helped me a great deal in proper positioning of my paper and hand in writing. She was left-handed herself and I had no trouble after that.
I had a teacher in 2nd grade that tried to get me to change hands because my paper being turned the wrong way messed up her perfect rows.
I had a third grade teacher who showed me the correct way for a lefty to hold their paper.
I had problems in primary school, repeatedly getting detention for bad handwriting. Surprisingly my teach was also left handed. It was just before secondary school when someone suggesting tilting the page and I have had no problems since!
i had special permission to use pens in grammar school b/c they couldn't read my badly smudged writing. Calluses on my fingers from silly scissors and pens...
I had to angle my page at school to prevent my work smudging, this would drive the teachers crazy! Schools are somewhat more tolerant now, but it still becomes a problem with a righty and a lefty sitting side by side.
I hate smudging my work. Not only does it ruin the quality of the finished piece but also leaves my hands a mess!
i hate the fact that after writing with pencil and even some pens the side of my hand is covered in led or ink.
I hate when I smudge important papers and I hate it really when it smudges in pen
I have 2left handed children and 2 right handed children. 1 of the children writes painfully slow and the other writes with a pencil into adulthood because of the smudging and his writing is chicken scratch.
I have a 6 year old boy, who after starting kindergarten last fall, I am more aware of his problems writing left handed. I am filling this survey out on his behalf.
I have a cyst on my index finger of my left hand, probably because of my writing and I have to get it removed soon
I have always had problems with writing, esp when at school, I like my paper wonky and we had to write with it straight, so I always looked like I had really fast writing coz it was smudged. I also still find joined up writing hard, and will only join up a few letters even now.
I have always found it very hard to write quickly and find it even harder to write with pen and this year we have been told that we have to wartime all our exams in pen and so I find it very difficult. Also with exams, especially English I find it hard to write quick enough
I have always had a particular problem with smudging. I now primarily use pencils instead of pens to do my work, since lead is much easier to wash off of my hand/erase from the page.
I have been writing and taking notes for the better part of 15 years, and my 8-year-old brother has nice penmanship.
I have filled in this survey on behalf of my 10 year old son who is left handed and dyslexic.
i have grown into a habit of curving my hand around the top of my page to avoid smudging, something which the majority of my teachers frown upon.
I have never mastered the art of fountain pen use!
I have the odd callus bump on my left middle finger from writing incorrectly all my life.
I have to use pens or my writing is too smudged for my "happiness." I pride myself on my good handwriting.
I have writing in ink pen almost impossible not to smudge, and have developed a way of writing upside down to avoid smudging (this causes hand ache after long periods of writing, Essays and coursework.)
i hold my pen with most of my fingers which causes my hand to ache, I also get back and arm ache from having to hunch over my desk because I'm an art student and the tables and stools are much higher and not proportionally.(not great for my posture either)
I just had to answer these questions to get them off my chest. I realize you were going after school children's current problems.
I never associated "writer's cramp" with being left-handed. I always thought it was just because I did a lot of writing.
I never learned how to hold a pencil correctly because I am left-handed and my teachers didn't know how to teach a lefty
I prefer to use a slim pen with a fine point tip that has a quick drying ink. After years of smudging this prevented a lot of smudging situations.
I really don't like to write because it is hard and painful
I remember at infant school we had to do'finger spaces' between words, which I found difficult
I remember the psychopathic teachers in grade school would have me write with my right hand and then make me feel stupid because I couldn't do it.
I remember when learning cursive, my teacher got a red pen and told me that all my letters "slanted" the wrong way. She drew red lines across the paper indicating which way they SHOULD slant. When I said that I was left handed, she said "Oh, then this is fine." How do you bring a marked up piece of paper home and say that you did well on it?
I seem to grip pens and pencils too hard which makes my fingers and hand ache.
I seem to grip the writing instrument very tightly and press hard on the paper. My hand ached/aches on the back on the fleshy bit between the thumb and first finger.
I smudge my writing a lot, even when writing with ballpoint pens (I often come out of lectures and exams with a large patch of ink on the side of my hand) and find my hand aches if I have to write quickly or for long periods of time.
I smudge pencil lead and ink. Cursive is the most unnatural thing in the world
I smudged my work constantly in grade school and would get scolded for it. I get hand cramps sometimes too.
I sometimes smudge my writing, and my hand used to ache until my art teacher showed me how to correctly position my hand.
I started out in Junior School smudging my work but eventually I learnt to stop smudging!
I still smudge work - I take minutes in meetings and my hand always has a blue smudge mark down it. I do get an aching hand but just thought that was'normal'. I write quite quickly and people are quite amazed how neat my writing is for a lefty ! I always get asked to do the writing but don't do'joined up writing', sometimes it is joined a bit but most of the time the letters are close together.
I tended to write with letters sloping backwards. Teachers don't like this and would mark my work as unread until I straightened it up.(This was in 1960's)
i think there is a lack of knowledge on behalf of teachers etc on how difficult being left handed can be sometimes
i turn my paper so its horizontal to write to prevent smudging.
I use to write slower but now I can write as fast as anyone else but mostly only I can read it.
I used to get a sore red mark from writing when I was younger as the pencil dust would irritate my hand where it rubbed along the page.
I used to have a lot of problems with smudging my writing until I learned a way to write and not smudge my writing. I also found that (compared to other kids my age) I wrote a lot slower.
I used to smudge my work but over the years I have learnt to position my hand and my pen in such a way that this no longer happens.
I used to smudge my writing all of the time when I was younger. Eventually, I taught myself how to write so that I wouldn't smudge anything.
I used to tilt the page upside down to write. It looked very odd to others but it stopped the smudging...sadly not the cramps in the hand.
I usually get lead all over my hand when I write.
I volunteer in a second-grade classroom and sometimes I'm required to write on the board--it's horrible! The first time, everything I wrote would get erased...very frustrating.
I was "lucky" and pretty much automatically reverse any demonstrations or directions given
I was afraid to write in pen at school, for fear of smudging work and being labeled'messy,' so for years I only wrote in pencil!
I was allowed to find my own comfort zone, but expected to conform to standards.
i was always in trouble at school because of my handwriting and they tried to make me use my right hand
I was always told that my penmanship was very bad, because after all I am left handed
I was never corrected to write with my paper slanted to the right. I just observed the right-handed children and copied them with their papers slanted to the left. I'm proud to be left-handed but I wish I didn't have to curve my hand inward in order to write.
I was permitted by all of my teachers to tilt my writing paper - or rather, I wasn't prevented from doing it. My biggest problem was with the issue of creating "finger spaces". A right-handed person puts their left index finger next to the last word they wrote and then writes their next word. I, on the other hand, had to REACH over my right index finger and then rest my left arm on my right hand to put in the next word. A TOTAL NIGHTMARE!! Even now, sometimes if I am not concentrating I will write my words too close to each other.
I was the last person in junior school to get a handwriting pen as I continually smudged my writing. I was held up as an example of a messy writer to my classmates. Charming.
i was the last person to be allowed to use fountain pen in my class - I was still using pencil
I was told by my english teacher, a day before my english exam "have you ever thought about being taught to write again"
I was very lucky in elementary school. My teacher was always forcing me to write left-handed properly--completely breaking the bad habits my kindergarten teacher had pushed into me. If I started hooking my hand, she'd come and correct my hand and paper position. If I tried to switch to my right hand to be more comfortable in those hideous long desks with about ten kids on each side, she'd yank it out of my hand and put it into my left until I did it properly.
I wasn't taught how to properly grip a pencil. Causes aches in hand when writing extended passages.
i work in a school and I find it hard to mark children's writing or write in comments as the pen smudges my writing!
I write in the normal way, only left handedly. I have to peer over the top of my hand to see what I am writing, but I have never wanted to turn my paper.
i write sloppy, and always smudge my work. When I've tried flipping the paper another way, my hand/wrist hurts more
I write slower than my friends.
I write so scruffy and my back always cramps up
I write with my paper at an almost 90 degree angle!
I write with the page tilted
i get pains all the time when I am writing which stops me writing neat.
I'd rather be typing than writing.
I'm having no problem at all...
I'm helping my son with this survey who is 13 years old and is left-handed.
I'm in college and some of the classrooms have only little wooden right-handed desks. When I have to take a lot of notes or write essays on exams, I often leave with a sore neck and back from having to twist in my desk to reach the writing surface.
I'm much better with typing!
I'm now working on my second Masters' Degree. Writing has always been a very slow process, and having to take copious amounts of notes during lectures is really difficult.
in elementary school, we wrote with pencils. I was often going to the lavatory just to was the lead residue from my hand from dragging it across what I had printed. My shirt sleeves would get dirty as well.
In Iceland you have obligatory school from age 6-16. I quit at 16 and returned at 23. At 24 I discovered the left-handed spring notebook, as well as a new life! Finally I could write without the spring getting on my nerves! The sad thing is, no one told me this even existed, but I tried to spread the messages
In the 1950's it was almost considered to be a crime in the school I went to to be left handed - teachers tried to make me change.
In the days I was in school Teachers had little or no idea of the problems experienced by `lefties' I recall being put on the `bottom' table due to me writing backwards!!
It is a torture to write in ink, in liquid ink,above all. If I have to make a cheque , I write and blow to dry the ink. It was the same at school, when I had to draw.
It is really annoying when I am writing - particular with fountain pens - and I start the next line and the previous line is all smudged and with fountain pen, it stays on my hand so when I continue to write, the whole paper is smudged!!
it took time till I realised I could turn the paper "clockwise" and write + comfortably
it was hard to learn to write since my family is right-handed. my mother couldn't teach me how to properly hold a pencil, so I have a bump on my ring finger from pressing on it with the pencil.
its annoy because all the pens I used are BIC pens, and they are fairly comfy but my writing is just smudged.
It's better now I use a left handed pen
It's hard to write if you hide your writing as you move on.
It's really annoying!!
i've been told by many that I have extremely messy cursive, but people love my print. maybe it's the left hand curve?
Jose Mauricio gets tired easily when he does his homework specially when he has to colour or practice the writing of the vowels, however he enjoys drawing pictures of landscapes and members of the family.
Just to let you know, I am a left-handed teacher. My responses will reflect what happened to me in school and how I run my current classroom.
Learning Gregg Shorthand and making the speed tests were most difficult for me, I did finally complete the tests with much sweat and tears.
learnt to colour in work starting from the other side of the page
Learnt to deal with smudging - through writing at different angles
Left-handed chequebooks were brilliant! Thanks to Nat West for that.
Legibility is a big problem for me when trying to write quickly. This is largely due to being coerced into writing with my right hand when I started school.
Luckily I write without a hook and fairly easily although it has taken time to get rid of smudging.
minor problem
My 4 year old daughter is left handed. I had to take information into her nursery to ensure she was taught correctly from the start.She is about to enter school and I am very aware that I need to pass on my knowledge to the teachers in order for them to support her learning.
My answers are based on long ago school experience! I had terrible handwriting until about 8th grade: always got poor grades in it.
my artwork frequently gets smudged because I draw and paint with my left hand.
My first grade teacher was an enlightened individual. I was especially blessed because she never allowed my difference to colour my relationship with righties.
My handwriting has always been pretty bad, especially when I was young and writing with pencil. I'd smudge everything and end up with a black hand. It's all right now with pen, but I had to find the right pen for me. Fountain pens leave me with blots and smudges all over the place, but ball-point pens work just fine. Had to work this out on my own of course.
my handwriting is not very neat
My mom had been changed to rt-handed. I had the SAME teacher and mom insisted I stay left-handed. I was taught to tilt the paper'my' way. The teacher didn't encourage penmanship though, because "after all it was fortunate that I could even write that way!" :)
My mother taught me to write before starting school and wrote mirror writing! I write with the paper tilted but one teacher insisted on straightening it so I got a fountain pen and smudged all my work. He did not make me straighten my book anymore
my papers get smudged all the time
My penmanship has always been great!
My pinky finger is continuously black or blue from pen ink. My hand often aches because I wasn't taught properly how to hold the pen so I have to re-arrange my fingers often, and I cant write very fast or else it isn't legible and my hand aches
My wrist is curved while I write, if I write a lot, it tends to get sore. My outer palm tends to cramp as well.
My writing is my worst thing, I always get wrong for being messy and my work is always smudged
my writing is practically illegible to anyone but me
My writing is very legible and precise.
need lines or writing slopes and gets muddled
Never had any constructive help with how to write as a left hander, just told a lot of the time that I must improve it! Did this myself by trial and error by about the age of 14 and was largely successful by tilting the page.
No trouble at for I don't write like most left handers. I am told I have good penmanship for a guy.
no. my mother taught me (using odd desks we had in the 50's and 60's) to right in a strange top to bottom style that at least didn't let me smudge
Not to the point it would stop me. I would say I'm quite persistent (sp).
Not very neat or easy to read !
Now at Sixth form college 3 hour essay writing exams can be hard but are getting easier!
Now, with quick-drying pens, life is easier, but writing with pencils is still difficult.
on plain paper, used to end up with tapering margins!
Once I turned the paper sideways, the smudging stopped.
once told my hand writing was so messy it looked like I did it with my left hand.... when I said I did, I copped a swift right...
only had smudging when writing with pensile, I wright naturally with the hand under the line
only in primary school, I think you taught me to write underneath the writing when I was about 11/12.
Only used to smudge occasionally with fountain pen --- but then everyone seemed to.
pens don't dry fast enough for me and my writing ends up all smudged.
possible future arthritis - freezes up sometimes
quite difficult to write when the person sitting next to us is a right handed person
Really I write with both hands. I was forced to writ with right in the childhood. I write faster with right and slowly with left
Really it depends on the pen that I use. There is this one kind of pen that I will definitely smudge. Many people still tease me about my handwriting.
Right and Left hands are used to write with
Right-handed writers would/could get an aching hand, too.
Since I hook, I smudge using everything except ballpoint pens
Since my writing had a tendency to smudge, I completed school papers in ink or ball-pen, so answers needed to be right the first time.
Sitting in a half size right hander's desk always causes neck and back strain
Smudging = huge problem.
Smudging is a big one since I always write in lead pencil, that's why I usually put a sheet of paper under my hand while I draw. Also, whiteboard are a hassle
Smudging is normally only with pencil, since I press hard when I write, and with markers. The worst is when I write on dry erase boards.
Smudging my work wasn't so much a problem as I learned a technique which allowed me to raise my hand slightly as I moved across the drying ink
smudging occasionally, but nothing major.
smudging only when using a parker fountain pen, and I don't tend to use them anymore, so now there's no problem
smudging work stopped when I used the instant drying ink pen my Mum bought
smudging, and'clumsy' notebook bindings make it hard to write.
Smudging and spiral notebooks caused the most problems. Pens were not as good then and I always had ink on my hands.
Sometimes have sore wrists
Sometimes I smudged my work depending on how I tilt the paper, or if there was somebody sitting next to me preventing me from doing so.
sometimes smudging
Still quite slow developing skills for writing. Lack of support for left hand in school and to development of gross motor being a contributor.
Teacher forced to write with right hand only. Now I can no longer write with the left hand
Teachers used to encourage me to turn my paper for an easier time writing lefty. THis was the opposite of what I needed.
The attempts I made to change my writing-hand for the right one have been enormous. But I never wrote with my right hand longer than one day.
The biggest problem I had was with a teacher turning my book so the lines ran horizontally while I was in primary school.
The entire side of my left hand is covered in ink when I write in pen.
The main problem that I have is smudging everything that I write, it's the reason that I stopped writing in pencil. I try to only use pens with fast drying ink.
The outside edge of my left hand and pinkie finger always look dirty.
the problem with the smudging is mostly with sketching in art so my art teacher suggested sketching upside down and that worked better. since primary school I now have a indent in my middle finger on my left hand just behind the nail because of where the pens sit in my hand.
The smudging is almost never a problem now, unless I'm using a sub-quality pen. Once I got the hang of writing properly, the aching hand was no longer an issue--I don't know how she did it, but my right-handed mother taught me how to hold a pen and pencil normally so that I don't have the hook style that so many lefties do.

When we were learning cursive in elementary school, I wrote slowly to try to force my letters to conform to the style we were being taught. In later grades, when we were allowed to have our own writing style, my speed picked up since I was free to form the letters in a manner that worked better for me.
The smudging would be on my hand and not so much the paper.
The teachers never taught me to hold a pencil the right way
The wire of my wire-bound note book was always digging into my wrist... especially when using a student desk designed for right-handed students, forcing me to suspend my left arm in the air when writing long essays. Arrr!
There really needs to be a non-smearing pencil lead. That would make my life so much easier.
There's not enough time during timed-math and timed-spelling tests because he writes slowly.
These answers are for when I was in school
They tried to make us right handed back then.
This all depends on the attitude taken by parents of left-handed children and not making them feel different. I was quite old when I realised that I used a different hand as it was never an issue at home or at school although there were no other left-handed people/children in the home.
This was always when using a cartridge pen. Left handed nibs didn't make a lot of difference
This was especially a problem in fourth and fifth grade when we were required to write with fountain or cartridge pens.
this was only a problem when I was younger, as I have now managed to find a way that works for me.
Those rings in notebooks always poke my wrist and it hurts.
turn papers in order to start writing from bottom to the right
unless I write very slow, my writing is very bad!
until I figured out to turn the page round slightly !!
Until my right handed brother showed me how to tilt my paper and write backhand
until recently, I never put it together that any discomfort or difficulty was the result of being left handed ,
Using right handed pens.
Very messy writing generally, because of poor technique!
very sore neck- I turn my paper so much I have to turn my head to read my writing
was made to re-write all my work until I didn't smudge by one teacher
Was not allowed to use my left hand to write with at school. Was wrapped on the knuckles if I did.

I now have very bad hand writing and it is still a very unnatural thing to do.
Was taught to type because it was easier than writing sometimes
We have some primary schools where the use of fountain pens is compulsory. Thankfully mine wasn't one of those because my "experiments" with my dad's pens went horribly wrong. All my work would be smudged and if my shirt was long-sleeved I would have a lot of explaining to do with ink all over the sleeves.
We use to write with ink pens and I would be the only one with smudged work.
Went to Catholic school in Brooklyn, NY, at 5 yrs. old. My left hand was hit every time I tried to use it, then I had to sit on my hand. I was pulled around by my hair for being EVIL, (lefty)! Ignorance taught at school, imagine that!
When doing posters or artwork I actually fill in from right to left to stop smudging
When I first started writing and scribbling the way kids do, I wrote from right to left - it was easier that way!
When I first started writing/printing, I tilted my paper the right handed way and wrote slanting to the right. When I got to junior high, I started tilting the other way and write backhanded. No more smudging.
when I was in 1st grade, we had very big thick dark leaded pencils. I smudged every thing
When I was in elementary school my left hand would be covered in pencil lead from all the smudges. I also got it all over my white uniform shirt.
When I was in school smudging my work was a constant problem.
When I was is school, teacher had me go to a writing therapist because she thought my writing was so messy
when I was younger it was common for me to end up smudging my work and coming home with my hand very grey and shiny from all of the pencil lead on it.
When I write with a pen, my left hand always slides over what I just wrote so it always smudges
when learning to write I would start at the right hand side of the paper
when my mom realized she was raising a southpaw she bought me a big chalkboard so I would learn to write with my hand under my work. But I still smudge occasionally.
When using a rollerball type pen,I must wait till it dries to continue writing (such as filling out pay stubs or making lists). I ALWAYS have a smudge down the whole side of my left hand whenever writing.
When writing with a pen the ink is smudging, and if I put my hand in a position that I don't "slide" over the ink I'm getting an aching hand.
White boards are really difficult to use, particularly at school when we have to write fast then copy from the board into our books
wipe boards are a particular problem as rub it off as I write!!
With a pencil, I would end up with black all over my little finger and edge of my palm.
I would also have difficulty with wirebound tablets and 3-ring notebook binders. Often I would write on the "reverse" side of the page (holes to the right) so I would not have to twist my wrist around or arch my shoulder. Some teachers were not happy with this, but I told them it was the "correct side of the page for me".
Writing is horrible with erasable pens and sometimes pencils if you write for a long time.
Yep, I always end up with a blackened pinky because it runs over the lead.

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