In this Issue: Note-taking
|Note-taking serves a single purpose: to aid in the recall of information, which can be a vital component of effective learning and cognition. But did you know a vast number of students might be doing it wrong? And by wrong, we’re talking about taking notes on a laptop or tablet.|
According to several recent studies, students who write their notes on paper actually learn more than those who take notes by typing. Although students who use a laptop or tablet tend to take more notes, the notes aren’t necessarily better when it comes to their effectiveness in comprehension and recall. Because handwritten note-taking is generally a slower process, it requires students to listen, understand and summarize what they are hearing. Thus comprehension is greater and so is retention. For some tips you can share with your students on effective note-taking, keep reading.
The best ways to take notes
Although one size doesn’t necessarily fit all when it comes to note-taking methods, here are some general best practices your students can use:
When it comes to taking notes, students need to find their own fit. It is, however, important to remember one thing—handwritten notes take the cake when it comes to retention and comprehension. Share this information and the helpful tips above with students and staff alike. They’re sure to thank you!
May, Cindi. “A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop.” Scientific American Global RSS. N.p., 03 Jun. 2014. Web. Retrieved 19 Oct. 2014.
Klosowski, Thorin. “Back to Basics: Perfect Your Note-Taking Techniques.” Lifehacker.com. N.p., 30 Apr. 2013. Web. Retrieved 20 Oct. 2014.
“Teaching Students to Take Better Notes: Notes on Notetaking.” University of Nebraska–Lincoln. N.p., n.d. Web. Retrieved 27 Oct. 2014.
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