Take notes in class… by hand

Student takes notesDuring the first week of the semester, students often ask professors if they can bring their laptop computers to class to take notes.

Some professors have policies that prohibit the use of any digital communication technologies in class, while other professors let students decide what is best for their learning.

Research now shows that students who take notes by hand, rather than by typing on a computer, learn better. This is because students who use laptop computers for note-taking tend to type verbatim what the professor says and then do not process the information themselves, what some researchers call “shallower” learning.

For more information, check out this recent article published in the Washington Post.