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    My handwriting is slower than others, but I am very quick on a keyboard and can type very, very fast.

    I've started typing up my notes and college work. I've been bringing in my MacBook and I've found that I am able to keep up with classes much easier.

    However, I'm worried that I won't be absorbing the information. I was wondering if typing up notes is as effective as writing out by hand, in terms of memorizing and absorbing the information?
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    (Original post by SteamboatMickey)
    My handwriting is slower than others, but I am very quick on a keyboard and can type very, very fast.

    I've started typing up my notes and college work. I've been bringing in my MacBook and I've found that I am able to keep up with classes much easier.

    However, I'm worried that I won't be absorbing the information. I was wondering if typing up notes is as effective as writing out by hand, in terms of memorizing and absorbing the information?
    Depends on how your brain works, some people absorb handwritten work much better but my brain uses so much processing to hand write that I absorb typing info much better, you just have to find what works for you.
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    In my lectures, most people hand write. Some take laptops but they're usually on Facebook, messaging their friends or playing games. So I personally avoid using mine in lectures. I prefer having my own hand written notes separate to lecture slides.

    I'd assume you'd get distracted by having a laptop in class, stick to pen and paper.
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    It really depends. Personally I find writing notes better as I tend to get the same exam feel. If the exam was computer based then I would use my computer.

    Maybe test yourself to see if your really getting the information typing it and then test yourself on a different topic but handwritten. See which one works better for you.
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    I would say if you can catch up with the laptop then do so, but if the information doesn't stick with you, then I would recommend writing down what you've typed up once your lecture is over. I know this can be time consuming but I can assure you; you will remember more if you write than type.
 
 
 
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