M success story

illegible cursive handwriting

M, a teenager engaged in the rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) program, faced a significant challenge that threatened to undermine his academic ambitions: his cursive handwriting was often illegible. This issue, far from superficial, carried potentially vast and profound consequences, touching upon his academic journey, self-esteem, and ability to communicate effectively.

Consequences

M, a teenager engaged in the rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) program, faced a significant challenge that threatened to undermine his academic ambitions: his cursive handwriting was often illegible.

This issue, far from superficial, carried potentially vast and profound consequences, touching upon his academic journey, self-esteem, and ability to communicate effectively.

The Implications of Illegible Handwriting

1. Academic ramifications
The illegibility of M’s handwriting was not just a simple obstacle to his ability to take notes; it represented a significant barrier in communicating his ideas, thoughts, and knowledge. In a demanding program like the IB, where assessment heavily relies on written work, this difficulty directly threatened his academic performance. Teachers, faced with difficult-to-decipher texts, could miss the substance of his work, impacting his grades and evaluations.

2. Impact on self-esteem
Beyond academic implications, M’s illegible handwriting had the potential to erode his confidence in his academic abilities. Adolescence is a crucial period for self-esteem development, and constantly receiving negative feedback or requests for clarification from teachers could foster feelings of inadequacy and frustration. This situation risked discouraging his efforts and altering his perception of his own intellectual capabilities.

3. Barriers to effective communication
Writing serves as a bridge between thought and the external world; illegible handwriting thus compromises this essential communication. For M, this meant a constant struggle to convey his ideas, analyses, and arguments, a particularly burdensome challenge in an academic environment where written expression is paramount. This barrier to communication could limit his participation in key academic activities, such as essays, group projects, and even exams, where clear and precise expression is crucial.

Conclusion

Faced with these challenges, M’s approach to improving his handwriting takes on a critical dimension, underscoring the importance of addressing obstacles not only for his immediate academic success but also for his long-term personal development. By exploring the implications of his illegible handwriting, we gain a better understanding of the extent of M’s journey, transforming a source of difficulty into a significant personal victory.

M

10th grade
4 session(s)

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Writing rehabilitation

Rehabilitation does not consist of writing lines. It involves offering tailored exercises based on the needs and progress observed.

First Consultation

Issues of Illegible Handwriting

Academic challenges:
The illegibility of his handwriting was threatening his academic performance, with teachers struggling to follow and evaluate his work.

Lack of confidence:
This situation also affected M’s confidence in his academic abilities, knowing that written communication is essential within the framework of the IB program.

Approach and progress

Work Sessions: 4 face-to-face sessions.

Writing Personalization:

He took the initiative to personalize the formation of his letters, opting for a combination of script and cursive writing to make his texts readable for his teachers.

Rehabilitation Approach:

  • Pencil Grip Correction:
    M quickly adjusted his pencil grip, a crucial step in improving his writing.
  • Adoption of Séyès Ruling:
    The use of this specific ruling played a decisive role in improving his writing, guiding the height and spacing of the letters.

Final results

Significant Improvement: M’s writing is now a model of clarity, enabling effective communication of their ideas.

  • Academic Impact: This transformation has not only made it easier for M’s teachers but has also paved the way for better academic performance.
  • Renewed Confidence: M has regained confidence in their written expression abilities, a crucial asset for their future success in the IB program and beyond.

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