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Posted on November 30 2017

Listen up student veterans! I know it maybe exciting and easy to carry your laptop to class with you and take notes. Being able to look up information on the fly and transcribes lectures seems to be a great benefit. However, there is a growing amount of research that shows students who use these electronics during lectures actually learn less than those who don't.

In a study conducted by Princeton University and University of California, they concluded that "The studies we report here show that laptop use can negatively affect performance on educational assessments, even—or perhaps especially—when the computer is used for its intended function of easier note taking." 

While there are many variable factors as to why, the researchers agree that using a pen and paper requires a degree of synthesizing and summarizing that can lead to better retainment and retrieval of information.

If you are interested in more research concerning this topic, I have included some links below to more studies.

Conclusion, pen and paper are mightier than the laptop when it comes to learning and memory retrieval.

 

https://sites.udel.edu/victorp/files/2010/11/Psychological-Science-2014-Mueller-0956797614524581-1u0h0yu.pdf

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/22/business/laptops-not-during-lecture-or-meeting.html?_r=0

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360131512002254?via%3Dihub

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