Taking notes by hand is more effective than with a laptop, research shows

Laptops have replaced pens and pencils as the most commonly used school supplies, although children who write their notes by hand may be better off in the long run.

They had a higher median GPA than classmates who typed their notes, according to a recent Five Star survey. They were more likely to turn in their work on time and were better at remembering information.

“Longhand has this quality that you wouldn’t necessarily think about, to slow you down, and by slowing you down, it forces you to think more,” said Daniel M. Oppenheimer, a psychology professor at Carnegie Mellon University. “And thinking more helps you learn.”

Oppenheimer said that students who type their notes are more likely to transcribe what they hear without thinking about it.


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