Don't Lose Your Pencil and Paper Yet...

Can handwriting make you smarter?

Stow the laptop and grab that pencil if you want to be a better learner. New research out of Princeton and UCLA shows that students who handwrite their notes in class retain information longer, grasp new ideas more easily, and learn better than those who type out notes on their laptop. Hand-writers may take fewer notes (an average of 22 words per minute compared to 33 when typing), but the process allows for greater digestion and understanding of the material covered. Though computer note-takers can recall more facts immediately after a class, they are not able to retain the information after 24 hours, and their notes are less helpful in boosting memory. (Wall Street Journal, 04.04.2016)