criticized the move, voicing fear that the “handwritten word become a matter of nostalgia”.
Tracey Trussell, a handwriting expert at the British institute of Graphologists, urged Cambridge to “make sure that students continue to write by hand, particularly in lectures”.
“Certainly with social media, iPads and all the rest of it, people do clearly use keyboards much more than they would hand write”, she said adding: “It’s vital that people continue to write by hand”.
She said that written by hand “improves memory” and “equates to a higher rate of comprehension, understanding and information retention”.
One former student told that “I did all my exams on laptops- it really helped me but it makes being able to touch type essential”.
Another said ‘I think being able to go back and change your essay which you can’t do when writing would make things harder as people would run out of time trying to create the perfect answer’.
A Cambridge University spokesman said the review was ordered after ‘students raised concerns that they rarely handwrite