Does typing out thoughts or making lists on the computer seem logical? Do you retain and remember conversations in a meeting or class if they are handwritten rather than typed? Even in this digital age, leading research reveals that writing information by hand, on paper enhances comprehension and retention better than typing on a keyboard.
A recent national study of adults by BIC, conducted by Canadian Omnibus, confirms that when Canadians write down notes in a meeting, class or somewhere else, they tend to remember the information better with handwritten notes (83%). The survey also revealed that 62% of Canadians actually prefer to hand write with pen and paper when studying for school, preparing notes for a presentation at work or just jotting down thoughts or making lists.
This makes sense to me. Looking at how many college (and high school) students use laptops to take notes makes me feel like an ancient scholar since this wasn’t even a thought when I went to school (oh so long ago). I find that I need to write something out when researching info, as opposed to typing it and printing later. Maybe it’s because typing is something I do all the time so it doesn’t resonate with me the way writing it down does. Writing = importance? Maybe.
“Writing by hand engages the brain and is a building block to learning that can actually help improve idea composition, expression and aids fine motor-skill development,” says Dr. Steve Graham. “Keyboards are not the most logical tools for memory-oriented communication, whereas handwriting is the second way we learn to communicate at a young age after we learn how to talk. From helping children to learn letters and shapes to baby boomers working to keep their minds sharp as they age, handwriting is food for the brain.”
I’m such a geek – I love back to school shopping for school supplies because I love stationery, pretty pens, and anything of the sort. At any given time in my house you will find several great pens and stationery sets – paper pads, anything pretty. In my former life when I used to work in an office I always had pretty pens (and guarded them like a hawk…) BIC understands this love and is offering my readers a fabulous giveaway!
1 of my Canadian readers is going to win a BIC Prize Pack valued at more than $100 consisting of the Velocity Bold ball pen, featuring the Easy-Glide Ink System, a patent BIC technology providing up to 35% smoother ink, along with all the pencils, pens, liners and BIC Wite out required to start out on the right foot this new school year, or return to the office after summer vacation with the kids. To enter, just leave me a comment here telling me why you’d love to win.
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