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Recent study ask students to take notes on pen-paper instead of laptops

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Recent study asks students to take notes on pen-paper instead of laptops

Recent studies show that taking notes on pen and paper is more beneficial over taking notes on laptop! Susan Dynarski, a professor of education, public policy and economics at the University of Michigan, has banned her students from using laptops in her classes because computers hinder learning. To support her argument, she points to research showing that students retain information better by taking notes the traditional way, on pen and paper.

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A study by Princeton University and the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014 found that  the students who took notes on laptops performed poor at answering conceptual questions than students who took notes longhand because the students who took notes with a pen and paper had to process, synthesize, and then summarize what the lecturer was saying.

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Another recent study from Michigan State University noted that distraction is a major cause for poor conceptualization and knowledge. It was observed that students spent almost 40 minutes out of every 100-minute class period using the internet for nonacademic purposes, including social media, checking email, shopping, reading the news, chatting, watching videos, and playing games. Though the use of technology may aid classrooms in some ways (online syllabi, PDFs of reading materials), studies suggest that it is better for students to keep their laptops closed at class.