Handwritten exams after digital lessons – revision tips

These days, although teachers use a lot of digital technology in lessons, when it comes to exams, we can be surprised to find that we have to answer the questions using a pen and paper!

This can be problematic as we don’t tend to spend much time each day handwriting. And we usually organise our written thoughts and ideas using word processors or other digital tools, with easy editing and spellchecking functions.

We need to have a different approach when it comes to writing out our exam answers on paper. But we can prepare to perform well in exams that require handwritten answers.

Here are a few revision tips…

  • Use paper/a notebook and a pen for your revision. This will help to build up your writing stamina and connect the information that you are revising with the activity of writing by hand.
  • Make handwritten notes from the printed / digital information that you received during lectures and tutorials. Hand-draw any diagrams that you may have to reproduce by hand in your exams.

Revision Activity #1

  1. As you read through the information that you have to revise, create your own revision question for each section.
  2. When you have done this, take a break!
  3. When you return to your revision, answer these revision questions (use pen and paper).
  4. Then check what you have written against the original document and add anything that you forgot to include.

Revision Activity #2

Read a section of information and then, away from the information, write down what you can remember from what you have read. Check and add any information that you forgot to include.


In your exam, when handwriting answers, planning is important to minimise mistakes. And find a neat way to cross out or edit your work. Make it easy for the examiner to read through your answer.

Good luck!

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