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The pen is mightier than the keyboard


Students learned more when they took notes by hand vs using a laptop. Writing is slower and therefore one needs to process and compress information in order to capture it. If you type fast enough, you are not processing information. 1

If notes are taken indiscriminately or by mindlessly transcribing content, as is more likely the case on a laptop than when notes are taken longhand, the benefit disappears.

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking

  1. #TODO 2023-02-14-1142 might be relevant here, after I formulate it. 

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Processing information promotes conceptual understanding

When you process information, and rework it in your own words, you understand it better. It forces you to think about what you’re writing, rather than mindlessly listening or transcribing....