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I have been writing loads of notes recently for revision and I was doing a pastpaper yesterday and I had to keep stopping because my hands were hurting from all the writing.
I have an English exam in 5 days and i'm scared my hands are going to buckle and i won't be able to write?

Other than stop writing for  a couple of days what other ways are there to relax my hands!?


Posted: 06-01-13 11:41 by :) PurpleJaguar (: - Team GR

I used to get this, and I had problems in my final english poetry exam because I had such a strained hand. I could barely write when I got to the exam cause I didn't rest it enough. Luckily you've realised before it is too late. I used to run my hand under cold water then plunge it into warm water. this relaxes the muscles. Also avoid any sports such as tennis, badminton or sports where your hands are required. If you use your computer a lot try to avoid lots of typing because this also strains your wrists and hands. Stop writing essay answers and focus on just writing brief plans of what you would put into your essay. This will keep your essay writing skills good, but you will not need to use your hands as much. I know it sounds strange but someone like a parent or sibling might be able to massage your wrist and hand. This again helps to relax the muscles. 

Rest is the best way to make your hands and wrists stop hurting. When I sat my english exam I didn't take a break beforehand, so when I got to the exam it was so painful I could hardly write. 

Posted: 06-01-13 12:06 by Tilly - Team GR

Thankyou, il rest my hands and il try the cold water method :)

aww im sorry, did you manage to write everything you wanted too, down in the exam?

Posted: 06-01-13 12:34 by :) PurpleJaguar (: - Team GR

lmao. tht hpenz to me. :(  jus relax yur hands.. lol. wht a do iz take a LONG break

Posted: 06-01-13 12:36 by FML

Yeah I worked through the pain. The exam was made up of 3 essays and I started to really hurt on the second one. I didn't think I would be able to complete it, but I just kept going because I knew that I really needed to get a good grade. I couldn't move my hand for the whole day after the exam. Plus I had exams to sit the day after too, so I just had to rest it all night. 

Oh and by the way with the cold water method, do not do it too much or it could make it worse. I did it about 3 times every evening. Run it under cold water for about 20 seconds then put into into nice warm water for about 2 minutes. 

Modified once, last modified by Tilly - Team GR on Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 13:05

Posted: 06-01-13 13:04 by Tilly - Team GR

Yeah, because in English exams you really have to watch the time and make sure you know how long to spend on a question, so i wouldn't be able to just sit for a few seconds to rest.

Posted: 06-01-13 13:28 by :) PurpleJaguar (: - Team GR

Yeah that's the problem - english exams require you to write for the full amount of time. The exam I did was 1 hour and 45 minutes. Writing for that long can be painful when you have not rested your hands. Plus at the time I was also practicing for history, geography and re exams which also require lots of writing.

Posted: 06-01-13 13:35 by Tilly - Team GR

Yeah,, ive got two eng exams in a row with no break each an hour long :(:(

Posted: 06-01-13 13:37 by :) PurpleJaguar (: - Team GR