9. March 2012 18:32
I love surfing the Internet for information that is either new to its market or to my knowledge base. For this reason, I love “StumbleUpon
,” a website where users “stumble upon” new information and websites within their pre-picked interests by clicking a button. While stumbling in the “education” category, I found this info graphic
(right) from Coursehero.com
about note taking and digital education.
As a student, I know that I absorb the most knowledge and receive the best grades when I record, and especially review, notes for a class. This fact led me to easily agree with the Cornell study results listed in the graphic that students who take notes recall lectures easier.
The information in this info graphic applies to more than just students however; it applies to professionals across the board. Whether you are making a list of tasks to be completed by the end of the workday, reviewing a presentation, or reading over your notes from last week’s meeting, all employees take notes. It is interesting to think about if and how you use technology while recording notes. I find a pen and paper to be my best bet; many of my friends prefer digital notes or lists on their smart phones.
We used to see the grocery store full of people with hand-written lists in their hands. Why? It helped them remember what they needed just as notes remind students what they’ve learned and to-do lists remind employees of upcoming deadlines. As I walk up and down isles in Publix I still see many handwritten lists, however the number of people with their smart phones out is increasing.
The info graphic brings up a good point of this increasing technology phenomenon in the classroom however I challenge you to watch your weekly routine. In an age where information is just a “stumble” away, how do you best remember what you take note of? Technology? Paper? Mentally?