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What’s Better for the Aspiring Student? To Type or Write…

Several college lecturers have recently started prohibiting laptop computers in their lectures. The original reason was fear that additional applications on the computer, such as social media networks for example, would distract the students. However, this step also led to a series of studies that showed the advantage of taking handwritten notes during a lecture instead of typing.

According to the studies, those who type their notes are essentially transcribing the lecture and therefore not actively thinking about it. In contrast, those who take handwritten notes cannot keep up with the speed of the lecturer’s speech, so they are forced to sift through the material and refine it, writing down only the most important points.

The study that compared the two groups showed that understanding of the lecture’s central elements was stronger among those who took handwritten notes, even minutes after the lecture ended. A memory test conducted a week later on all of the facts stated in the lecture again showed a clear advantage of those who had summarized by hand. Those who transcribed with their keyboard perhaps succeeded in writing everything down, but they may not have necessarily listened to everything that was said during the lecture.

The British newspaper Daily Telegraph reported in 2014 that a study involving 2,000 teachers and students in Great Britain revealed that the decrease in the quality of the students’ handwriting, who had become accustomed to expressing their ideas by pushing keys on a keyboard, significantly harms their ability to express themselves and even to earn the grades they could potentially achieve.

According to the British newspaper, 61% of the teachers believe that over the past five years, the quality of the students’ handwriting has decreased, and 64% of the teachers admitted that problematic handwriting causes them to give students a lower grade than what they might actually deserve.

In answers written by students in exams or assignments, more than a third of the teachers found “emoticons” – smiley faces prevalent in SMS messages and internet communications. The study also found that many students suffer from blisters and painful hands after having to write for an extended period of time, since their hand is not accustomed to it.

In Great Britain, these results aroused concern, since messy handwriting has a direct impact on the student’s ability to show their capabilities on exams. The Telegraph mentions that according to previous studies, students who need to invest great effort to write words on the page need to dedicate greater neurological activity to the technical act of writing the words, and this interferes with their ability to create new ideas, notice their vocabulary or plan their answer. The British government is developing a program to encourage handwriting among younger children, including lessons in properly holding a pencil. (YNET 2014)

During the college years, writing is of dramatic significance at all stages of the student’s learning process. The student is asked to write large amounts for extended periods of time, to read notes, to deal with handouts and synchronize between the two when studying for tests.

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The Genius Series – Cognitive Organization in All Subjects

The academic edition of the notebook was designed especially for the academic student dealing with writing, taking notes and incorporating handouts, and assists the student in easily focusing.

Thanks to the advantages of the Genius Notebook, the student focuses on the clearly defined line for writing.

The writing on the light lines, in comparison with the blue lines, also helps the student read and understand their notes clearly after they have been written. In addition, the size of the page, which is slightly larger than A4-sized, facilitates easily attaching handouts and other loose-leaf pages, creating a didactic learning sequence to help the student read all of the notes and prepare for exams.

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