When it comes to taking notes, writing an assignment or studying there is always that dilemma - should I write or type? Yes, when we type it feels as though we've completed half the battle but how much more effective is writing your thoughts down? Our brains cannot always recall information so writing notes rather than typing allows your brain the chance to process the information so you remember it for longer. If you need studying tips pen and paper could be your first port of call. Here's a list of helpful reasons why you should be using pen and paper in college.
1). Understanding the Information
Handwritten notes help you to understand the information given to you by your lecturer.
2). Brain Train
Handwriting requires cognitive processing more than typing. 'Cause you're writing at a slow pace your brain is taking in more information and storing it differently than typing. Some people can type as fast as they speak so they're not retaining the information.
3). Long and Short Term Memory
Typing and filing your notes won't necessarily help you retain info. Research has shown that those with handwritten notes perform better at tests than those with typed notes.
The internet is open, your friends messaging you on Facebook, you just need to check that price online - all distractions of having a laptop open. Close it. Focus on the paper and pen - I'm not hypnotising you, I swear.
Paper makes everything easier to summarise. When you type you forget all the acute details and end up with lots of words with no context.
6). Be Prepared or Prepare to Fail
Use a binder to remove pages more effectively so you can work through the material you have. Different coloured highlighters will be your saviour.
7). Listen Up!
Try not to zone out and go to class with a can do attitude. Don't let this information get the best of you. You is great.
8). Note Specific
After you've taken notes for that class or exam why not revise them? Add extra material and expand on main points. Any terms or words that you don't understand write out an exact definition.
9). Map Your Mind
Mind maps are all the rage. Use one page, cutting down on waste, and use the topic as the centre. Write all the most relevant information on the page. This will help you in condense the important information into rememberable material for an exam situation or to use as a template for your assignment/essay.
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