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    Writing vs Typing notes

    Hey!
    Just wondering whether it is better to write or type out notes.
    I know that writing it helps to commit the content to memory but time-wise, it's probably better for me to type it so I was hoping to find out what the general consensus is.

    What do you guys do?

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    Re: Writing vs Typing notes

    I started this year (yr 11) by typing, then trialled writing for a while. Tbh the time thing is a bit of a worry, but if you read ahead and make the notes prior to learning in class, then you should be able to have weeks to do prac q's and what not.

    Atm I just type and then write them out or highlight etc


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    Re: Writing vs Typing notes

    Do both

    First make your notes super detailed by typing them out

    After get rid of the useless info you dont need by doing pen to paper (until you nailed everything 100%)
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    Re: Writing vs Typing notes

    Quote Originally Posted by Jolteon View Post
    Hey!
    Just wondering whether it is better to write or type out notes.
    I know that writing it helps to commit the content to memory but time-wise, it's probably better for me to type it so I was hoping to find out what the general consensus is.

    What do you guys do?
    It depends a little on how much your teacher teaches and how they teach.
    If your teacher tends to write notes up on the board, and they tend to go slightly beyond the syllabus and involve a lot of complicated diagrams, then I would recommended writing your notes into a book, and then either rewrite by hand or type up a summary.

    If your teacher teaches only parts of the syllabus and expects you to complete the rest, then it may be helpful to type up notes.

    I would recommend doing questions on paper though, so it may be good to practice writing.
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    Re: Writing vs Typing notes

    Maybe try both for a while and see which one most suits you in terms of memory retention/understanding.

    Everyone has their unique study methods so I can't exactly pinpoint one specific type for you to do.

    Some pros of writing include:

    - it is what you will actually do during the HSC
    - scientifically, it is most beneficial in terms of memory (I'm not 100% sure on this but I heard it is apparently)
    - it is much easier to draw and write down equations or diagrams, which is particularly useful if you do subjects such as Chemistry or Physics

    Some cons of writing include:
    - it is probably a lot slower
    - it is harder to edit your notes along the way

    Some pros of typing include:
    - it is much much quicker
    - it will probably look neater than written notes
    - it is easier to edit your notes easily along the way
    - you always have a digital copy of it somewhere

    Some cons of typing include:
    - you won't be typing in the HSC
    - it might be harder to insert equations or make your own diagrams for certain subjects

    Anyways, the above points are from my experience, but it's really down to your own personal methods to find out what's best.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Writing vs Typing notes

    Yeah i think it's based solely of the individual, there are pros and cons for both, however personally i prefer writing as i can draw diagrams, it helps me increase my writing speed and also helps me remember it

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    Re: Writing vs Typing notes

    I personally prefer writing, I sometimes find having something written in my own handwriting is easier to remember. I can also format my notes however I want without having to wrangle with Word. If I'm running out of time, I write super messy (but complete) notes on scrap paper, then write them neatly into my summary book when I have time after the exam, which also helps me remember them better. But I can definitely see the advantages of typing, especially when it comes to adding to your notes later

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    Re: Writing vs Typing notes

    Thanks! I'll most likely start by typing out my syllabus points in detail and then filtering out when I write it out so I can commit to memory and increase writing speed.

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