A Study says that Handwritten Notes for Studying is Better for Learning

Technology is vast innovating. Many of our manual activities are replaced by electronic devices. It is beneficial and helpful in our daily living, but some of it are needed to be treated in manual way.

In terms of education, most of the tools used in studying are electronic devices such as laptop, cellphones, projector, etc. Some of students stop going to library because majority of the informations can be found in the internet. During the old times, student uses manila paper or cartolina on their reports or lectures. But nowadays, students uses projectors by means of powerpoint presentations.

Moreover, taking down notes also changes. Some schools let students use their laptops or gadgets for jotting down notes. It is convenient to some students. But the question is, will this way can really help a student in learning?

A study shows that handwritten notes is the better way in learning. This study is published by the Association of Psychological Science that answers the question.

Researchers from Princeton University and University of California at Los Angeles conducted a three tests for students who handwrite their notes versus those uses laptops or cellphones.

The study found out that students who handwrite their notes on paper retained all they heard from the lecture. These students can effectively coceptualize their studies.

The researchers said:
“…when laptops are used solely to take notes, the may still be imparing learning because their use results in shallower processing… Whereas taking more notes is beneficial, laptop note takers’ tendency to transcribe lectures verbatim rather than processing information and refraiming it in their own words is detrimental to learning.”

Taking notes by handwriting is still beneficial in studying. The reason is it engages your memory and brain to be retained and remembered.

In a taking down notes on a lecture, you just need the important parts to write, rather than writing all the the things said.