Have your high-schooler write some essays by hand. From the time she could type, our oldest wrote all of her essays in Word on the computer. It never occurred to us that she would need to write an essay by hand. Last February she participated in a scholarship competition. The competition included a timed essay. She was given paper and a subject. Fortunately, we learned of the essay a month ahead of the competition, so she had practiced, but it was still difficult for her.