Good old longhand note-taking

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The Learning Scientists have an excellent post discussing best strategies for note-taking according to latest research. As it turns out, annotating lecture slides does not help with retention either short or long term, and the students who had used them performed in surprise tests as if they had been simply sitting and listening to the lectures. The process of longhand note-taking, however, requires us to adapt and rearrange the information – it’s difficult enough (“desirable difficulties”) to make learning happen. The author adds a few caveats, but the main idea is clear: open that notebook, people!

Now I’m going through my course notes, wishing I had made more effort…

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