Writing Helps You Remember Things Better Than Typing
Students, take note.
Close the lid of your laptop: New research shows that taking notes by hand helps you remember conceptual information better than typing notes on your computer.
Researchers asked note-takers to listen to a TED Talk and later asked questions about it that either recalled facts or required conceptual thinking.
Both groups of students did equally well recalling facts, but laptop note-takers did significantly worse answering conceptual questions.
If you think you can control your urge to transcribe, not so fast!
Researchers believe that the verbatim transcribers processed information more shallowly than students who reframed it in their minds and wrote it in their own words.
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