Weird things enrage me.
One such thing – when I am in meetings, conducting interviews or even during seminars and am told “put your pen down and just listen,” or “we will make the slides available so don’t worry about taking notes.”
I love taking notes.
I love taking notes about my notes.
I love re-writing my notes at a later date.
But to many, this seems an outdated concept – or one for old people who can’t seem to use the voice recording function on their phones or just type up a few notes on their tablets.
To them, I share this recent story on NPR.
Scientific proof that actual note taking with a pen (or, pencil in my case, as is the case with many lefties) and paper most likely leads to better processing of the information being given. And, as a result, a deeper understanding of the material in the long run.
“When people type their notes, they have this tendency to try to take verbatim notes and write down as much of the lecture as they can,” the researcher tells NPR. “The students who were taking longhand notes in our studies were forced to be more selective — because you can’t write as fast as you can type. And that extra processing of the material that they were doing benefited them.”
So, the next time someone asks “how I fit it all in,” I am pointing to this study – it is because I take the time to write down my notes slow, steady and while doodling on a piece of college-ruled paper. And I always will!