I go back and forth on this all the time, but lately I’ve been taking notes by hand when in my classes.
Apparently, that’s better for me. According to studies cited in this article, it’s better to take notes in class by hand instead of digitally.
“When people type their notes, they have this tendency to try to take verbatim notes and write down as much of the lecture as they can,” Mueller tells NPR’s Rachel Martin. “The students who were taking longhand notes in our studies were forced to be more selective — because you can’t write as fast as you can type. And that extra processing of the material that they were doing benefited them.”
Mueller and Oppenheimer cited that note-taking can be categorized two ways: generative and nongenerative. Generative note-taking pertains to “summarizing, paraphrasing, concept mapping,” while nongenerative note-taking involves copying something verbatim.
Read the rest of the article here and let me know what you think? Do you like taking digital or analog notes better? Which helps you better remember the content?