Unlike other forms of communication, writing has more permanence, whether psychologically or in tangible physical form. It records your thoughts and ideas at a specific point in time, and can spur deep reflection and learning. While writing is usually associated with subjects in the Arts and Humanities, it is equally as important in Mathematics and Sciences. Through your writing, people will be able to better access and understand your thoughts. Both you and your teachers will also be able to use your writing to assess your progress. It also serves as a mirror and gives you insights about yourself!
Ad EduPivot, we firmly believe that writing is important for students’ development and should be highly encouraged. Here are some reasons why you should start writing:
Eases Your Anxieties
Many of us dread Maths because parts of it seem too complex to understand. Writing can actually help ease this anxiety. By transforming Maths concepts into writing activities, we are making the seemingly impossible a lot more accessible for ourselves. At the start of a new topic, write down what you already know and reflect on what more you want to discover. Sit down with a teacher who can guide you to make connections between fresh information that you have just uncovered and knowledge that you already possess.
Furthermore, our fears often seem much scarier in our minds. By writing your fears down on a paper, you can start to portray them as real life scenarios. Most of the time you would even start to wonder why you were even afraid of them in the first place. They are not that scary after all!
Improves Memory Retention
Writing helps to reinforce and improves retention of the knowledge you acquire. This is known as the retrieval effect. Without such reinforcement, the things you learn will be quickly lost from your memory. You can practice information retrieval by writing a quick summary of a class once it ends, and revisit the summary before you begin your revision of the things that were taught during that class. Doing short practice tests routinely also helps strengthen the information retrieval function of your brain.
Furthermore, you can write down important points on flashcards and go through them on a daily basis. This way, you will have an easier time remembering key learning points. Writing helps to expand our memory limitations, allowing information to be retained in our minds for a longer period of time.
Facilitates Self-Expression, Reflection and Organization
Everything you write is a form of self-expression. Whether it is a diary entry or the notes you take in class, these pieces of writing preserve your thoughts and opinions on subjects, and provide avenues for people to understand you better as a whole person. Expressing yourself through writing helps foster purpose too — seeing people react in a conducive way when your writing gives them a clear understanding of your thoughts helps to keep you driven in your endeavours! Moreover, writing can be a deeply reflective activity. By penning down your thoughts, you will be able to organize and process your thoughts on a level beyond the simply superficial.
Allows Clearer Visualisation
Often, real-life situations are hard to visualise as we do not know what to expect or what awaits us after we act upon them. Writing your ideas down can actually help you to visualise them better. For example, when you write your daily tasks down on a piece of paper, you get to see how packed your schedule actually is and how much time you should allocate for each task so that you can complete them on time. In the event that you have too many tasks at hand, you would know to avoid taking on additional tasks. It would also be easier for you to plan which task to start on first so as to maximise your time. As a result, writing allows us to visualise situations in our mind better, prompting us to make better informed decisions.
Allows Room For Reconsiderations
We tend to make decisions or say things on impulse, causing regrets to sink in a few moments later. Writing actually offers us time and space to reconsider our actions and words. For example, you have a mountain of assignments to complete by the end of the day but your classmates asked you to join them to play basketball after school. When speaking, you could easily agree to join them as your mind would be in a rush to provide your classmates with an answer. You might also fear upsetting your classmates if you were to reject them verbally as you do not have the time to properly consider your choice of words. Therefore, writing offers you the opportunity to ‘edit’ your words and to have the time to properly consider the consequences of your actions. As a result, you will be able to make more informed decisions for yourself.
Now that you have read about the importance of writing, what can you do to improve your writing skills?
You learn as you read. Reading introduces you to new vocabularies and different styles of writing. From there, you can start adapting to writing styles that you resonate with the most. Eventually, you will be able to develop your own style of writing and improve the way you write!
As the saying goes, “Practice makes perfect”, make it a habit to write everyday! Your writing need not be long or full of content — simply jotting down what is in your mind works too. Take the time to look back at the writings you have done previously and take note of how much your writing skills have improved as well!
Get your friends or family to read what you have written and allow them to give you their opinions. They may start to raise questions which are essential in showing you where your messages are not clear so that you can improve on them.
Writing fosters our ability to explain our ideas to others. It enables us to communicate and think critically, allowing others to understand us better. Writing should be inculcated from young so that one would not face difficulties mastering it at a later stage. Writing does not only benefit students who are learning, it benefits everyone from all walks of life too. It is never too late to start writing — so, start making writing a habit now!
After reading through some of the benefits of writing, what are some of your opinions? Do share them with us!