Published on September 19th, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
If You Want to Remember Something, Write It Down
Can you remember the last time you sat down and wrote a letter? Not an email on your laptop, not a message on your smartphone, an actual hand written letter? According to a recent survey of 2,000 people, only one in three had written something by hand in the previous six months. Many of those surveyed also admitted when they did write something down they struggled to decipher their own handwriting!
In Finland and in some US states, schools are actually phasing out cursive hand writing classes in favour of keyboard skills. Yet, according to a study carried out by Princetown University the benefits of hand writing outweigh typing on a keyboard. Writing notes by hand can help us to retain information for longer.
The Pen Is Mightier than the Keyboard
In the Princetown study, rather aptly named, The Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking, 3000 students took part in an experiment. The students were shown a series of videos. Half were asked to take notes using their laptops whilst the other half were asked to take hand written notes. They were then asked questions about the videos. Whilst both sets of students were able to answer factual questions competently, the group who had handwritten their notes were more adept at answering conceptual questions. Even when the students were allowed to refer back to their notes, it was those with hand written notes who performed better.
Handwriting Helps Our Memory
Whatever the task, children learning the alphabet, students getting to grasps with a new subject, writing by hand helps our memories retain information. Compared with typing on a keyboard, handwriting is slower. Students on average will type around 33 words per minute but will write only 22 words per minute.
Therefore, when we write something down we are already processing the information in a way which will make it easier for us to recall the information in the future. This is in stark contrast to simply typing information verbatim.
Notetaking with Europa
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