In a recent article “Can Handwriting Make You Smarter?” the Wall Street Journal makes its case for the benefits of handwriting versus typing.
The Wall Street Journal discussed several studies that show students who took handwritten notes outperformed those who typed their notes on their computers.
When a student takes notes on a laptop, the notes are taken by rote, almost word by word.
Students take more notes more quickly at the computer, but don’t put as much thinking into them as when writing by hand.
Compared with those who type their notes, people who write them out in longhand appear to learn better, retain information longer, and more readily grasp new ideas, according to experiments by researchers who compared note-taking techniques.
The brain is actually stimulated and engaged to a higher degree, the studies show, during the process of handwriting more so than typing.
Some people feel that proponents of handwriting are simply those who have used pen and paper most of their lives and thus are more comfortable with handwriting.
However, more and more scientific research is showing that the brain is actually excited in more compelling ways during handwriting, resulting in better long-term memory retention
Any advantage of typing notes quickly are temporary.
After just 24 hours, the computer note takers typically forgot material they’d transcribed, several studies said. These copious notes were also no help in refreshing their memory because they were so superficial.
Source: Wall Street Journal