Feb 03

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Note Taking: Typing versus Writing

Close up of note taking with pen and paper.

This article about researching styles of student note taking was a great read from Huffington Post.  Personally, I think that it’s too early to call this definitive but the results are definitely interesting.

My career as a student mostly entailed taking notes by hand versus on a laptop.  It actually did help me retain information better if I wrote it out.  I never compared it to taking notes on a laptop.  Most meetings I attend I take a laptop with me (although pen and paper do still accompany me from time to time.)  I will be paying closer attention to how I retain information better based on this article!

What about you?  What’s your preference or experience?

Permanent link to this article: http://sites.tamuc.edu/innovations/note-taking-typing-versus-writing/

1 comment

  1. strassbergpetra

    This article verified what I have thought for years. There is “something educational” about using a pen and paper, over a computer, when learning a new concept or in the writing process. I wrote most of my dissertation on my laptop PC. However the sections that I struggled with, either to explain a concept or accurately present research findings; had to be written out using paper and pen. The act of writing, the interaction between the paper and the pen, the muscles in my arm and hand all assisted in clarifying my thoughts.

    Petra Strassberg

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