Does Writing By Hand Help Us Remember?
As it turns out, our brains work differently when we form letters with a hand-held implement – and we learn more effectively than when we type. This makes total sense. I’ve long noticed that when I’m writing in a paper journal, it mentally feels different than when I’m typing out my thoughts on a computer. I thought it had something to do with the more focused nature of paper vs. connected devices. As it turns out, there’s more to it than that.
As I read this article, I was trying to determine whether I tended to remember things more when I wrote them down, or when I type them directly into Evernote. I’m pretty sure I do, but have always chalked that up to the process of writing things with pen and paper, and then typing those same notes into Evernote for safe keeping. I figured passing the notes twice made it more likely that I would remember them, but maybe I’m mistaken about that.
What do you think? How do you take notes? Or are you one of us that can barely write any more.