Intro Series – Part 2: How Long Does It Take to Learn the Palmer Method?

The Intro Series

When you are done with the Intro Series…

Continue learning with the Palmer Method Study Plan.

Below is a very rough transcription of the video.

Before we talk about how long it will take to learn the Palmer Method, we need to define what it means to “learn” the Palmer Method and we can break it down into two parts:

1) Learning the letterforms and

2) Learning how to write with the arm.

You may only wish to learn The Palmer Method letterforms and not worry about learning how to write with your arm. This is a completely valid and worthy goal and if this is your only concern, you might need only a few weeks or months to reach your goal, depending on what level you are looking to reach and your background in penmanship.

If this is you, I encourage you to check out my free online course at That course basically teaches Palmer Style cursive forms and doesn’t get into any of the arm movement stuff.

Now if you want to really get into the Palmer Method and learn the arm movement as well, you’re going to need to spend a significant amount of time developing the muscles in your arm for writing. Typically students require six months to one year of consistent practice to fully understand and execute The Palmer Method.

The biggest factors that are going to determine how much time this will take are going to be your level of dedication and your definition of success. If you are practicing every day or almost every day, you’re going to make a lot of progress in a few months. If you are going multiple days without studying or skipping whole weeks, you probably won’t get very far after a year.

And if you just want to learn the Palmer Method so you can comfortably write the script legibly, that won’t take nearly as much time as if you want to learn the Palmer Method at a high level.

Lastly, I encourage you to get perfectly clear about what you want to do and ask yourself if you are really serious about doing it. The more serious you are about actually learning The Palmer Method, the less you’ll care about how long it takes.