Note-Taking on Paper Vs. Note Taking on a Computer

Jordan Mendiola
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Retaining information into our long-term memory is one of the most important things we can do to be life-long learners.

What’s the point of learning something if it’s only in the short term?

Ever since I became interested in writing and learning new things, I have found that writing on notebook paper is far more superior. 

My findings are that a lot more information is retained, writing on paper gives your wiring more of a personal touch, and you slow down and take your time. 

By the end of this article, you’ll understand which form of note-taking allows you to retain the most information.

Notebook Note-Taking

Nothing is better than turning a notebook paper to the next clean page and clicking your pen to get started writing.

In school, I hated writing papers. Now that I’m out, I don’t want to stop writing in cursive with my favorite pen.

Whether it’s research, a video, or a book, I take notes. Otherwise, the information just disappears and I have to review it once again in total rather than doing a quick note refresher.

The personal touch to your writing makes it unique to you and only you can read your own handwriting the best. 

When you write, you slow down and actually process your thoughts. It can be a time-consuming process, but far more information will stick with you.

Computer Note-Taking

As a fast typer, I’ve found computer note-taking to be one of the fastest ways to gather a lot of information at once in a short amount of time.

Computer notes allow you to organize and format your information in any way that makes the most sense to you.

The only downside is that there’s a less personal touch to it. You clicked a bunch of different keys that formed words, but it doesn’t feel unique to only you.

Most of the time, the computer notes I take are something I never review again. It just gets stored away in my Apple Notes or my Google Docs and it stays there forever.

When typing, your mind moves a million times an hour, and the information in front of you has a hard time actually sticking. 

It’s great for people who want to save trees and love technology. 

Final Thought

As long as you're able to copy information and retain it somewhere in your brain, that’s all that matters.

Whether it’s on paper or a computer doesn’t matter. Everyone’s brains process information differently so you have to decide what works for you better.

If you feel like you need to slow down and take more time to process information, writing it on notebook paper may be for you.

If you enjoy using technology and can process information quickly, then taking notes on a computer may work better for you.

We all learn differently and retain information differently. Regardless, every single day is another opportunity to learn something new and exciting. 

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