I was away from the church for many years. But God in His mercy called me back 25 years later. I started looking around to find the people of God. One of the places I went was to Christian Chat rooms one of which had a “Bible Trivia” room going each week. I logged on to the room to participate and was amazed at how much I remembered about what we had been taught. I was pretty close to the top in being able to answer the questions correctly and quickly.

I got to thinking about it and realized that for 13 years I had taken notes by hand each Sabbath and marked up my bible diligently. In addition I taken the same kind of notes and written in comments on the Bible Study Courses as well as many many booklets. So even 25 years later all those references were still buried in my mind and the Holy Spirit could bring them back as needed.

This week I ran into this article and it seemed to explain why I was able to remember so well. I thought I would share it with you all.

Take Notes by Hand for Better

Long-Term Comprehension

Dust off those Bic ballpoints and college-ruled notebooks — research shows that taking notes by hand is better than taking notes on a laptop for remembering conceptual information over the long term. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Walk into any university lecture hall and you’re likely to see row upon row of students sitting behind glowing laptop screens. Laptops in class have been controversial, due mostly to the many opportunities for distraction that they provide (online shopping, browsing Reddit, or playing solitaire, just to name a few). But few studies have examined how effective laptops are for the students who diligently take notes.

“Our new findings suggest that even when laptops are used as intended — and not for buying things on Amazon during class — they may still be harming academic performance,” says psychological scientist Pam Mueller of Princeton University, lead author of the study.

This is a photo of a student taking notes by hand.Mueller was prompted to investigate the question after her own experience of switching from laptop to pen and paper as a graduate teaching assistant:

“I felt like I’d gotten so much more out of the lecture that day,” says Mueller, who was working with psychology researcher Daniel Oppenheimer at the time. “Danny said that he’d had a related experience in a faculty meeting: He was taking notes on his computer, and looked up and realized that he had no idea what the person was actually talking about.”

Mueller and Oppenheimer, who is now at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, conducted a series of studies to investigate whether their intuitions about laptop and longhand note-taking were true.

Read the Full Article Here: Take Notes By Hand for Better Comprehension

I was alerted to this article by a tweet from Dennis Caldwell https://twitter.com/Bible_Thumber

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