The benefits of taking notes by hand in a digital world

There's a debate raging over whether note-taking at for instance high school or university is more effective in old-fashioned longhand writing, or typing on a device like a laptop.

Creative parenting expert Nikki Bush believes strongly that because of the way our brains work, taking notes should be multi-sensory to reap the most benefit.

She cites a study published in the peer-reviewed journal 'Psychological Science' to test how the method of note-taking affects learning.

'When people type their notes they have this tendency to try and take verbatim notes and write down as much of a lecture as they can'. The students who're taking longhand notes in this study were forced to be more selective, because you can't write as fast as you can type and that extra processing of the material benefited them.

Nikki Bush, Creative parenting expert

In addition to being visual, writing is kinesthetic - it's a movement. While you're writing, you're not doing verbatim, you're actually processing and writing a version of what you heard.

Nikki Bush, Creative parenting expert

Bush makes the differentiation that when you are taking something down verbatim you are simply copying what you hear, whereas writing translates into putting down what you actually understand.

You've gone a level further by embedding it in your memory, by making it your information.

Nikki Bush, Creative parenting expert

Taking in that information and connecting it to something else you know, then you're growing and adding dendrites in the brain... these little roots that are growing in your brain, these little memory cells that are being created.

Nikki Bush, Creative parenting expert

For more from Bush, take a listen:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
What are the best investment options if you decide to go it alone?

What are the best investment options if you decide to go it alone?

Certified financial planner Paul Roelofse gives the lowdown on the money market, retail bonds and exchange-traded funds.

[LISTEN] Starting over after making 'mistakes'

[LISTEN] Starting over after making 'mistakes'

Psychologist Khosi Jiyane helps to find a way through the 'labyrinth' of choices and crossroads we all face as our lives unfold.

South Africans justified in feeling 'skeptical' about NHI bill

South Africans justified in feeling 'skeptical' about NHI bill

Proactive Health Solutions' Dr Fundile Nyathi says clarity is urgently needed after Cabinet approved the 2018 bill this week.

Making the most of pocket money - why it's important

Making the most of pocket money - why it's important

It's Savings Month and parenting expert Nikki Bush has valuable advice on teaching your child about money from a young age.

[LISTEN] Activist Koketso Moeti on 'staying true to vision and purpose'

[LISTEN] Activist Koketso Moeti on 'staying true to vision and purpose'

The founder of social justice platform amandla.mobi talks about the influences that shaped her path.

Celebrating World Chocolate Day!

Celebrating World Chocolate Day!

Chocoloza Belgian Chocolates' Vicki Bain joins 702's Refiloe for a tasting indulgence ahead of the 2019 Coffee & Chocolate Expo.

Popular articles
[VIDEOS AND PHOTOS] SANDF troops finally roll into the Cape Flats

[VIDEOS AND PHOTOS] SANDF troops finally roll into the Cape Flats

Residents were out on the streets to watch the troops arriving in Manenberg and Hanover Park on Thursday afternoon.

You made a huge mistake downloading FaceApp if your privacy is important to you

You made a huge mistake downloading FaceApp if your privacy is important to you

Washington Post technology columnist Geoffrey A. Fowler did a forensic analysis of the Russia-based app. Check it out.

Old Mutual and Trevor Manuel are victimising Peter Moyo - Advocate Dali Mpofu

Old Mutual and Trevor Manuel are victimising Peter Moyo - Advocate Dali Mpofu

The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviews TJ Strydom, a journalist at Business Day and author of Christo Wiese’s biography.

[WATCH] Woman stealing back her stolen car has social media talking

[WATCH] Woman stealing back her stolen car has social media talking

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

How to buy a new car even if you don’t really have enough money for it

How to buy a new car even if you don’t really have enough money for it

South Africans are increasingly buying cars they can’t afford using balloon payments, says consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.

Need a loan to grow your small business? There’s a pot of money waiting

Need a loan to grow your small business? There’s a pot of money waiting

Spartan SME Finance provides finance for small businesses. Bruce Whitfield interviews its CEO, Kumaran Padayachee.

The rand isn't weak. It's the dollar that's strong. But it won't stay that way

The rand isn't weak. It's the dollar that's strong. But it won't stay that way

The rand is trading at fair value. It’s the US dollar that's overvalued. Bruce Whitfield interviews George Glynos (ETM Analytics).

'Batchelor was once close to Mikey Schultz and self-confessed Kebble killers'

'Batchelor was once close to Mikey Schultz and self-confessed Kebble killers'

Journalist and author Mandy Wiener describes former footballer Marc Batchelor's links to alleged underworld figures.