Everyday I sit in class and I handwrite my notes. Some people next to me do the same or others around me are typing their notes on their computers. I always find it more effective to write my notes because I feel like I can organize them better and I always like reading things better on paper than on computer. However, the majority of people seem to like writing notes on their computer because it is faster and they can add and erase things more easily. When people use their computers though I feel like they always get more distracted in class because they are on facebook, email, etc. I always have wondered is there a benefit to writing notes or is typing notes really better. I feel like I always remember things better if I write them down so I decided to investigate if this was true or if this was just my own personal experience.
I found an article that says by writing notes we actually remember more important information and also says that it is the process of writing notes is actually what helps us remember them better. So after this I felt pretty justified in handwriting my notes and I continued to investigate just to find further information incase this was the only study that came to this conclusion. This article states that a reason writing might be so effective is because your hand forms the letters and connects them which engages the brain more. Typing involve just selecting keys so your brain does not get and engaged in the process.
Even though these articles say that it is better for a person to write their notes because you can remember them better, ultimately personal preference is a factor. Maybe someone reads better on the computer than a notebook, they may not write quickly enough to get everything written down or may just not like writing at all. Over all people should do what they feel helps hem be more successful.