Study notes: typing or handwritten?

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    Does anyone type all of their notes?
    My handwriting is a mess…and I have trouble organizing them. I know Jeff suggests to rewrite them eventually so that they make more sense, which is a great idea. Does anyone type them out and organize from the start?

    “The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.” ― Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace)

    Jimmy Dugan

    The times I used notes, I typed them all out in Google docs for easy access from anywhere, and I don't think it made a difference that I didn't hand write them. That said, I didn't take any notes on my last two exams and found it to save a bunch of time going through the material on the first pass. I liked getting through the material and into the MCQ as quickly as possible, but different strokes for different folks.

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    THanks…I'll try your method.

    “The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.” ― Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace)


    I didn't type them out in Word. But I used Excel.

    The advantage is how you can show important JEs or write a rule in a sentence, then elaborate further using arrows.

    This also requires short statements So, the exercise of having to concisely describe the concepts only helped me better understand what I was studying.

    It helped me. But I understand that other people don't benefit from note taking.

    If you do decide to take written and/or typed notes, make sure it isn't just for the sake of memorizing it. Use it as a tool to explain text or solutions to problems you didn't quite understand. Highlight aspects you didn't understand fully.

    The goal, whichever method you chose, is to increase your knowledge base.

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    Sounds like a good idea…I can see myself creating lots of worksheets and labelling them according to topic. Thanks alot.

    “The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.” ― Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace)


    Most educational research suggests that handwritten is better for memory, but using a word processor is better for creativity/overall writing strength.

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