Imagine you are sitting in class and pull out your laptop to take notes, but to your surprise your laptop is dead.
Now you are left searching your entire bag to find something to take notes on.
There was one easy way to avoid this problem in the first place: take your notes on paper. Paper is more accessible to get, as you can always ask the person sitting to your left or right for a piece, and there are other benefits that come with using paper instead of technology to take notes.
The notes you take on paper show more of your personality. There are many different ways you can take notes such as highlighting, using different colors, and so on. Although this feature is available in a word document it takes more time to change the text color than it does to pick up another color pen.
“[Hand written notes] reflect you and your personality in ways a word doc never could.” Curtis Holtzen, Professor of Philosophy and Theology, said, “I like it when I see students getting creative in their notes.”
When taking notes on paper it also minimizes the amount distractions you have. The NPR article “Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away”said, “For one thing, research shows that laptops and tablets have a tendency to be distracting — it’s so easy to click over to Facebook in that dull lecture.”
When students begin using their laptops to take their notes they tend to want to surf the web instead of taking the notes. However, by using paper to take these notes, it takes away this distraction.
Along with this, although some students can type faster than they can write, studies have found having more information is more detrimental than having less. NPR’s article documented a study done by Pam A. Mueller of Princeton University and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles, saying, “The more words the students copied verbatim, the worse they performed on recall tests.”
Finally, paper is better because some teachers place restrictions on the use of technology in their classrooms.
“I do allow technology in my upper-division classes but restrict it in the lower-division,” Holtzen said.
It is just better to use paper because you never know when a professor will ask you to put your laptop away.
Taking notes on paper will better prepare you for your exams and keep you from being distracted in class.
So, put away your screens, toss the cord, and get back to the good old-fashioned writing by hand.