Not Your Type




When taking notes in class, students come to the consensus that this is vital information that frequently needs to be memorized. If a teacher is lecturing their class at the speed of lightning, it is vital for students to take notes efficiently. In a classroom setting, one can pick between two ways to scribe, either the “old-school” or the “twenty-first century” technique – namely, handwriting or typing. Both have their pros and cons for students; therefore, one has to decide the best technique for him or herself.

Handwriting notes is often referred to as the “old-school” way of writing, because generations in the past did not have advanced technology, such as computers and iPads with keyboards. Studies have shown that handwriting forces the writer to lessen their pace and retain the material. This can be useful when taking notes for a test, writing down instructions for a science lab, or memorizing a math algorithm.

However, many argue that writing takes more time than typing; thus, is not as efficient. For this reason, some students turn to typing when they want to increase the pace of note taking. In the Pinewood community, students have varying perspectives on the controversy between whether typing or writing is the best method.

“Typing is faster than writing and often more efficient when having more work to complete,” freshman Jesse Fioriallian said.

For example, if one is taking notes for literature, typing the information is faster; therefore, one may have time to complete other homework. Fiorallian claimed that typing contributes to memorization to the same degree as writing.

Another rationale for typing is the fact that all typed documents can be filed in an organized system, such as Google Drive. There is no risk of losing a piece of paper with important information.

“Handwriting helps me memorize facts and I can personalize my physical paper to my needs. For example, it is easier to color code the piece of paper, rather than an online document,” freshman Ella Haun said.

Often times, using different colors on paper activates a unique part of one’s brain that relates to memorization.

Additionally, even if handwriting notes prolongs the process, this may contribute to needing less time studying the notes in the future.  

Based on studies and testimony from the Pinewood community, it is clear that deciding whether to type or handwrite is an individual choice. Both methods have varying time commitments and levels of efficiency. It is important for a student to take into account their time management and memorization skills before making this crucial decision.