When’s the last time you took comprehensive notes in a meeting or class lecture? Wait…did you even take notes in college? Actually, when’s the last time you wrote something down by hand?
If you’re scratching your head right now, so are we. It is so easy to get distracted (yes, the irony is not lost on us) with digital devices, which is exactly why, when it comes to note-taking, your best bet is to silence the keyboard and take *blows off dust* pen to paper.
To dive deeper into the longhand versus typing debate, we chatted with two experts in the field: Kenneth Kiewra, PhD, professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and Daniel Oppenheimer, PhD, professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon. The two have thought a lot about how we process information, and they both agree that the pen lends itself to increased memory retention and better exam performance.
So how does one take notes effectively? While there are myriad ways, here are some key practices we think you should definitely employ. It’s time to pick up that pen. And no, it’s not broken, you just need to take the cap off.