1. Increase your focus - Deepstash
1. Increase your focus

1. Increase your focus

Research suggests that students who hand write their notes seem to think more intensely about the material as they write it due to increased focus .

So, not only are we able to diminish pesky distractions by switching to hand written notes but also increase our focus on the information we’re supposed to be taking in.

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MORE IDEAS FROM 5 reasons why hand writing notes while studying improves your learning

“Creativity allows people to be affective” — Bill Gates

No matter what subject, creativity and inspiration will certainly fuel your learning (and even enjoyment!) while studying.

Writing by hand actually influences your cognitive processes in a way that slows you down — in a good way — and helps forge creativity and new ideas . One study we found even suggests that writing by hand is more strongly linked to emotion processing compared to typing. This could lead to a more mindful and creative mindframe while studying too!

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4. …and Embrace the doodle!

Alongside the above research, there’s also a lot to be said for being able to doodle when note taking and in periods of studying. One study found that those who doodle remember 29% more of the information presented to them than those who don’t.

The best part? You don’t have to be an artist to doodle your way through that lecture, just get scribbling!

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2. Understand and process more information

One thing is being able to concentrate more but research also suggests that we can take this one step further and actually increase our capacity to understand and process information on a deeper level.

One study looking at students learning Algebra found that those taking handwritten notes experienced a higher degree of transfer of information than those typing.

Supporting research suggests that typing notes leads to a more shallow processing of information, almost like your brain is in sleep mode! Whereas handwriting is more efficient at processing information overall.

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5. Boost your creativity and inspiration

“Creativity allows people to be affective” — Bill Gates

No matter what subject, creativity and inspiration will certainly fuel your learning (and even enjoyment!) while studying.

Writing by hand actually influences your cognitive processes in a way that slows you down — in a good way — and helps forge creativity and new ideas . One study we found even suggests that writing by hand is more strongly linked to emotion processing compared to typing. This could lead to a more mindful and creative mindframe while studying too!

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3. Improve your memory

If we don’t remember the insight, did we even learn anything at all?

Sometimes studying can feel like a memory game more than anything else. So why not give ourselves the best chance at remembering what we need to for that final paper or exam? We found tons of research pointing to an increase in information retention when hand writing notes instead of typing them.

Students are able to perform better through recalling information when needed. There should be more pen-to-paper studying to help increase memory and learning.

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Visual note-taking

Using simple words and pictures helps us to see connections between pieces of information, get a better idea of what we understand and what we don’t, and remember it for later.

By using a combination of words and quick images, the note-taker listens, digests, and captures on paper the essence of what has been heard.

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Preparation steps before a note-taking session:

  • Try to get familiar with the topic that is going to be discussed, beforehand. This leads to better understanding.
  • Make sure you have adequate notepaper and writing material.
  • Stay hydrated and consume caffeine moderately.
  • Don't go in hungry, opting for a wholesome snack.
  • Have a positive attitude, and a willingness to pay attention.
  • If something is getting repeated in class or is indicated to be important, pay attention.

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The Pen And Paper

Even in this digital age, when automation is in full force and being swift on the keyboard is a crucial skill, using your hand and pencil is still on top of the charts for cognitive learning.

Every student of all age groups has one cognitive toolkit with them: a pen and a notebook, to be able to take notes by hand. Handwritten notes are an important and powerful practice to infuse information in the brain, making it easier to retrieve information when required.

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