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
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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....