- Do you save all your notes on your computer? Why or why not?
- When do you usually take notes on paper?
- spot /spot/
- external /ik-STUR-nl/
- paraphrasing /par-uh-FREYZ-ing/
- visual /VIZH-oo-uhl/
- dependent /dih-PEN-duhnt/
[verb] – to see or notice someone or something
Claire was able to easily spot the error in the material.
[adjective] – of, on, for, or coming from the outside
You should buy an external hard drive for your computer.
[noun] – using a person’s own words to express someone else’s messages or ideas
Paraphrasing is a must when rewriting articles to avoid copying.
[adjective] – relating to seeing
Visual learners process information they can see better than information they can hear.
[adjective] – needing the support of someone or something in order to continue existing or operating
Don’t be dependent on your parents too much.
Handwriting helps the brain improve its capacity to retrieve information rather than typing. This is called the encoding effect, where written information is better stored in our memory since we write the actual letters. Also, the paper, notebook, or journal where we write information serve as our “external memory storage.” Aside from these, there are other benefits of using pen and paper when taking notes.
Based on research, typing on a keyboard basically forces us to take down notes as is without fully understanding the information (remember the copy and paste method?). This is also known as “non-generative” note-taking. Meanwhile, handwriting helps exercise our brain to actually function while we write: summarizing, paraphrasing, concept and vocabulary mapping, etc. In short, we tend to understand the information of whatever we write.
Visual learners benefit from handwriting, too. Florence Nightingale herself, a British nurse, used a pie graph to represent the details of modern technology in her documents. Pictures and drawings help in demonstrating information in certain aspects such as math and science.
Students in some countries take online classes during the pandemic. However, it’s still advisable for them to take notes using pen and paper to help them better understand the lessons. Don’t be dependent on technology too much, as the old-fashioned way of note-taking is proven to be more beneficial to us.
- According to research, what does typing on a keyboard force us to do?
- What did Florence Nightingale use to represent her research about modern medicine?
- Why are electronic devices highly efficient when taking down notes?
- In what aspects can drawings help in representing information?
- What are students advised to do when taking online lessons?
- Since it is easier to see errors when typing, is it also the same when writing notes? Why or why not?
- Should employees be encouraged to take notes using pen and paper, too?
- Which do you personally do more, taking notes by typing or by handwriting?
- What are some of the advantages of taking notes using pen and paper?
- Do you think people will still continue to take notes on paper? Please explain your answer.
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