Does Writing By Hand Help Us Remember?

Why Writing With Our Hands Is Still Important

As it turns out, our brains work differently when we form letters with a hand-held implement – and we learn more effectively than when we type. This makes total sense. I’ve long noticed that when I’m writing in a paper journal, it mentally feels different than when I’m typing out my thoughts on a computer. I thought it had something to do with the more focused nature of paper vs. connected devices. As it turns out, there’s more to it than that.¬†

As I read this article, I was trying to determine whether I tended to remember things more when I wrote them down, or when I type them directly into Evernote. I’m pretty sure I do, but have always chalked that up to the process of writing things with pen and paper, and then typing those same notes into Evernote for safe keeping. I figured passing the notes twice made it more likely that I would remember them, but maybe I’m mistaken about that.

What do you think? How do you take notes? Or are you one of us that can barely write any more. ūüėČ

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