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.”