5 reasons to teach your child take notes by hand

5 reasons to teach your child take notes by hand

Computers are becoming smaller and smaller. Tricky programs nowadays, actually, can take notes by themselves. In fact, I’m writing this particular article using one of those programs.

Seems like there is no need in enormous workbooks written in your best cacography.

It’s so tempting to just download the program and chillax.

But do you remember the time when we fell in love (sorry, just couldn’t stop myself) when in order to really memorize something, we had to repeatedly write it?

For example I did that with all the architectural styles, when I took the “history of architect” in University. And it worked so good, that I can still remember all of them. Even if you wake me up in the middle of the night.

So why exactly handwriting is better than typing?

Pam A. Mueller of Princeton University and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles made quite reasonable attempt to answer this question by the study published in Psychological Science.

1. Extra processing time

You can’t write as fast as you type. Which means that in order to make your notes as shorter and as pithy as you can, you are rethinking and analyzing them during the process. You are sorting the information.

2. Less distraction

It’s so easy to accidentally witch to Facebook mode. Just for a second, to check out… Well, you know what I mean.

3. The benefits of the encoding hypothesis and external-storage hypothesis

So, what are those weird words? The encoding hypothesis – is a type of learning, when you adapt, paraphrase and anywise the information when you’re taking notes. Which results in better understating and retention of the information. The external-storage hypothesis – involves verbatim notes and ability to navigate freely through your notes or someone else’s notes. The trick is, that you use both types when you are making notes by hand and only one type when you are typing.

4. Use of both cerebral hemispheres

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See, here is the thing, when you write something it’s kind of like creating an art work which involves your right cerebral hemisphere. Isn’t it great? You can take notes on lecture on rocket science and still be kind of an artist. Nice, huh?

5. Writing builds stronger conceptual understanding

When you write out your notes by hand, you develop a stronger conceptual understanding of the material. Which results in better success in applying and integrating the material.


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