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Students retain information better with pens than laptops

Writing notes by hand may lead to deeper understanding of lecture material, study suggests

12:09pm, April 30, 2014

TAKE NOTE  Students who take notes by hand have a better understanding of material than those who rely on laptops, a new study suggests. 

When it comes to taking notes, the old-fashioned way might be best. Students who jotted down notes by hand remembered lecture material better than their laptop-wielding peers did, researchers report April 23 in Psychological Science.

People taking notes on laptops have a shallower grasp of a subject than people writing with their hands, and not just because laptops distract users with other activities such as web surfing, the new study suggests.

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