Handwritten notes can lead to better learning, study says

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The pen, apparently, hasn’t lost its touch.

A research showed that pens are still mightier than keyboard, at least for studying, after it was found out that handwritten notes are more effective for learning.

A study published by the Association of Psychological Science revealed that taking notes on paper remains to be more effective than taking notes on laptop.

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Researchers found out that the students who wrote their notes on paper “retained more of what they heard and were able to more effectively conceptualize the subject matter.”

Researchers underscored that “even when laptops are used solely to take notes, they may still be impairing learning because their use results in shallower processing.”

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In three tests that the researchers conducted on students, it was further found that “students who took notes on laptops performed worse on conceptual questions than students who took notes longhand.”

It was also bared that laptop note takers tend to transcribe lectures verbatim rather than process information and reframe it in their own words, which, according to the researchers, can be “detrimental to learning.”

It was also emphasized that writing with your hand engages the memory and cognition centers of your brain in a different way than typing.

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“In addition, you are more likely to write down key points as you actually process the information you hear rather than simply taking dictation because handwriting is slower than writing,” a report underscored.

However, it was noted that one major flaw of taking notes on laptop often “invites multitasking which is distracting to the learner, impacting attention and retention.”