Research recently published in the Psychological Science journal has found that students who took notes by hand (as opposed to a laptop), performedbetter when asked questions about the factual content and concepts they had been taught.
In the paper, those using a laptop wrote more, but when quizzed 30 minutes later they had understood less than those who took notes by hand. Those taking notes by hand also out-performed the others in both factual recall and concept understanding a full week later when quizzed on the topic again! The paper demonstrates that taking notes by hand doesappeartoencourage both more concise note-taking and encourage conceptual processing of the information at the time to assist you to recall the information (in both the short and long-term). To view the paper, student and staff click here.
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