Students Who Take Notes by Hand Have Higher GPA, Remember More Than Those Who Type on Digital Devices

The following is excerpted from an online article posted by StudyFinds.

Maybe having iPads and computers become a regular part of the classroom isn’t the best idea after all. Kids who write their notes by hand may get higher grades than their peers, according to new research.

A recent poll asked 2,000 parents whether or not they’ve noticed a preference for digital or analog studying habits in their children between six and 18 years old. Although typing (34%) proved slightly more popular than handwriting (30%), the latter group had a higher median GPA (3.2) than the overall average (2.9).

Meanwhile, those who write longhand tend to be more left-brained (73%) – analytical and organized — while those with no preference were most likely to be right-brained or creative and intuitive (21%). Similarly, longhand writers tended to be introverted (75%), while kids with no preference were more extroverted (33%).

The survey was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Five Star.

“Over the past few years, digital learning has become more of a necessity, with computers and tablets now an essential tool for education,” says Jessica Hodges, vice-president of marketing for Five Star, in a statement. “Even so, studies consistently show that handwriting notes helps students improve their focus and memory recall.”

Source: StudyFinds

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