Try this life-hack to help you learn as you listen to a lecture.
Recent studies have shown that students who use laptops or tablets during classroom lectures actually retain less than those students who take notes the old-fashioned way – with pen and paper.
It turns out that blindly typing a professor’s words doesn’t involve as much actual thinking as when a note-taking student, by necessity, has to write down only the key points of a lecture.
Whether in school or out in the “real” world, many of may never have learned the art of great note-taking skills. This video offers this three-step system to help learning the material in the classroom as the lecture is being given:
- Don’t write down facts, write down conclusions
- Use colored pens
- Review your notes
Note-taking is a life skill that doesn’t become any less necessary once you are out of school. Who knows, that interminable staff meeting might not seem so bad if colored pens are involved.