Students Remember Lectures Better Taking Notes Longhand Than Using Laptops

STUDENTS REMEMBER LECTURES BETTER TAKING NOTES LONGHAND:  “Laptop note takers’ tendency to transcribe lectures verbatim rather than processing information and reframing it in their own words is detrimental to learning. If you can type quickly enough, word-for-word transcription is possible, whereas writing by hand usually rules out capturing every word.”  I didn’t have a laptop for most of my educational career, so I know that feeling of having to summarize the information as you write.  I used my laptop for my Bach class as a doctoral student.  It was much neater to read, and I still learned a lot, but I do recall that I needed to force myself to summarize the information instead of merely transcribing it.

 

 

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