This week’s Paper of the Week might be awkward reading for some undergrads, but long-hand notes are where it is at!
Mueller and Oppenhiemer show across three experimets that lap-top note-taking in lectures results in worse performance, in particular in conceptual questions, with a strong hint that it is because lap-tops encourage more verbatim note-taking and less processing of information, when compared to long-hand note-taking. Away with the lap-tops then!
Mueller, P.A. & Oppenheimer, D.M. (2014) The Pen is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand over Laptop Note Taking. Psychological Science 25: 1159-1168.