In an age where your phone can scan your face and buttons are becoming obsolete, who thinks of writing anything by hand anymore? I know it feels archaic to pick up a pencil and use lead but writing down your notes could help you pass your classes.
Note-taking is really hard! You have to listen, understand, and transcribe concepts all at the same time. As technology integrates more and more into classrooms, computers have become the new notebooks.
So, we’re not writing things down or summarizing, we’ve completely changed how we encode information. Somewhere down the line the emphasis for perfect cursive faded, and kids were taught to type; as fast, and as accurately as they could.
A lot of college students now note-take using laptops. However, typing leads to copying a lecture verbatim, and one study found that when students do that they perform worse on tests that involve conceptual thinking. To understand the best way to take notes, you have to get what note-taking is all about.