Handwriting vs Typing

It’s the essential debate for notetaking: handwriting versus typing. Are you getting the most out of your notes? If not, it might be time to try something new…








1.     It’s non-linear. You can draw diagrams quickly, write in the margins, use arrows, mind map, draw pictures and symbols, and whatever else you can imagine with a pen and paper.

2.     It’s a record of changes. When you edit a Word doc, there’s no record of the original. If you need to go back to an earlier version, having handwritten notes means that it’s all still there.

3.     It’s better for learning. Many studies have shown the links between handwriting and retaining information and improved critical thinking. The act of physically having to form letters helps you to remember and think, as does the need to synthesise what is said as you take notes. It also helps young children to learn to spell.

4.     It’s intimate. There is something more intimate and personal about a handwritten letter or note. Because everyone’s handwriting is different, it gives a unique touch.

5.     It’s calming. Handwriting can be peaceful and reassuring.










1.     It’s faster. You can get more information on the page, quicker. This means you’re less likely to miss things in your notes. It also gives you more time to think.

2.     It’s legible. There’s no squinting at scribbled letters on your computer. Everything is easy to read over.

3.     It’s shareable. It’s easy to email, upload or print documents.

4.     It’s adaptable. When you go back over your notes, it’s easy to re-format, expand upon, or transfer for other uses (like assignments and exam notes).

5.     It’s on-hand. Have something you need to jot down? Chances are, you have a phone or other electronic device there to type up some notes. Not many people carry around pens and paper. With students, laptops provide number of functions and going all digital lightens the load you’ll need to carry up and down the hill.

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