- Do you still take notes using pen and paper?
- How often do you use your computer?
- electronic /ih-lek-TRON-ik/
- handwriting /HAND-rahy-ting/
- properly /PROP-er-lee/
- detail /DEE-teyl/
- recommended /rek-uh-MEN-duhd/
[adjective] – using, based on, or used in a system of operation that involves the control of electric current by various devices
My brother collects electronic devices as his hobby.
[noun] – writing with a pen or pencil
For me, handwriting is better than typing.
[adverb] – correctly
I wasn’t able to properly answer the questions on the quiz.
[noun] – information about someone or something
Could you give me more details about the shirt you’re looking for?
[adjective] – suggested as an action that should be done
It’s recommended to wash your hands frequently to avoid getting sick.
Research shows that handwriting helps the brain get more information compared to typing. Called the encoding effect, handwriting improves the brain’s capacity to store information since the actual letters are written. The paper, notebook, or journal where we take notes also serve as our “external memory storage.”
The research also points out that using the keyboard is less reliable when it comes to understanding information because we simply type out the words. Most of us rely heavily on the copy and paste method, too, so the information is not properly stored in our brains. But handwriting is the complete opposite because it helps exercise our brain to summarize and paraphrase information. This means we understand the handwritten information more.
Drawings are also a good way to see and understand details. Florence Nightingale, a British nurse, used a pie graph to further explain the details of her research about modern medicine. Some subjects like science and math use illustrations to represent formulas better.
During the pandemic, students in some countries take lessons online. It’s still recommended for them to use the traditional pen and paper when taking notes. If you want to understand information better, then grab a pen and paper and start writing!
True or False:
- We understand the information more if it’s written on pen and paper.
- It’s recommended for students taking online lessons to still use pen and paper when taking notes.
- The notebook or journal where we write notes doesn’t serve as our “external memory storage.”
- Florence Nightingale used a pie graph to explain her research better.
- It’s easier to find errors when writing by pen and paper.
Complete the sentences by using the words in the box.
- It’s not _____ to meet with people during the pandemic.
- The washing machine is still not working _____.
- We already have enough _____ to start the project.
- Some of my _____ devices are no longer working.
- Teaching _____ is as important as other subjects.