Not so fast

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If you’re struggling to remember it may be because you’re trying to type everything down.

Studies, again and again, prove that writing things down by hand than merely transcribing them is a more effective way to learn.

Slower is better. Unable to recall word for word forces you to listen intently and pluck the most relevant information. You can also quickly draw arrows and make mind maps to connect ideas with a pen — that’s a lot of clicks on the computer.

So when it comes to writing, less is more.

Bonus: If you want to take your learning even deeper, summarize your written notes, or draw them out, all by hand of course. If long-form isn’t for you, try typing with one hand.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.