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Why taking notes is still better than using a recording device

Contrary to common belief, note-taking has not vanished; rather, it has been transformed. Note-taking may seem archaic to some, yet its importance in learning is undeniable. So, why is it so crucial?


"Researchers discovered that significant information conveyed in notes had a 34 percent chance of being remembered," according to the study. There was just a 5% probability that information not found in notes would be recalled" (Howe, 1970, in Longman and Atkinson, 1999).


7 Important Advantages of Taking Good Notes

Effective note-taking has been shown to improve academic performance, but does it go further?


  1. Enhances concentration and attention to detail. Developing note-taking abilities requires a student to concentrate and pay attention to detail, and as we all know, the devil is in the details!

  2. Encourages active participation in learning. Students actively participate in the learning process by taking effective notes, giving it a purpose and enhancing productivity.

  3. Improves comprehension and memory. Note-taking has been shown to improve memory recall and comprehension by breaking down knowledge into manageable chunks for students to digest.

  4. Instills the ability to prioritise tasks. It is critical for a student to be able to pick significant material and dismiss extraneous content, which is often ignored in its importance. This improves their ability to organise and think creatively.

  5. Increases the duration of one's attention span. Proven to increase a student's attention span, this is an essential tool in any classroom!

  6. It aids in the development of organisational abilities. A student gains crucial organisational skills by prioritising content and organising properly. Organization is crucial, as teachers are well aware.

  7. It boosts your inventiveness. Students can utilise their initiative to increase creativity and invention if they have the capacity to organise their thoughts properly, focus on a certain subject, and expand on ideas through knowledge retention.

The History of Taking Notes


Since then, notes have migrated from the page to the screen. Note-taking has become even more important, and virtually a requirement, for students and instructors alike, thanks to e-portfolios and e-notes. E-portfolios are now commonly utilised as online learning records, as part of a learning management system that allows students to engage in successful self-assessment while also allowing educators to quickly track and record progress. E-notes have made it easy to maintain and share your notes while also increasing their accessibility.


Fishtree E-notes are the next generation of note-taking.

Students and teachers can use the e-notes function in Fishtree's next-generation learning platform to further their understanding of lessons. Students can use this section to take knowledge from the lecture and write their own notes, which will be accessible to them every time they log in. Students can then share their notes with their classmates in order to facilitate cooperative and collaborative learning (especially useful for project-based learning). Teachers can also use the e-notes capability to create student e-portfolios in order to track development and conduct assessments more effectively and efficiently.


So, now that we've proved its significance, why not give the next generation of note-taking a try?


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