The Long-Term Benefits Of Taking Down Notes
Some say taking down notes in class or in a lecture is a redundant practice; however, I beg to differ. Nowadays, more and more people are switching from the handwritten form of notes to the digital ones on laptops and tabs, but taking notes they are. If you are someone who does take down notes, be it at school or at work, you know the benefits that this habit of taking notes rewards you with. However, if you are someone who doesn't believe in taking down notes, this article will change your mind.
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Forces You To Pay Attention
It is so very easy to let your mind wander out of the room when someone is talking. The speaker or professor could be talking for over an hour and there is a possibility that you will not have consciously heard any of it. Not paying attention can get you into serious trouble if you are called out to answer a question. However, a note-taker will never face this issue. In order to take notes, it is imperative that you pay attention to what is being said so that you can then write it down.
Promotes Active Learning
The learning process for someone who takes notes begins the moment they start to take notes. This is because they are paying attention to what is being said and are grasping it. Plus the process of writing reinforces what is heard. Note-takers are actively involved in the process of learning and are making connections in their mind. Of course this needs to be backed up with more reading and studying later.
Remembering all the important matter is crucial during an exam or even when you are giving a presentation. The practice of taking down notes is proven to help with the process of retention. Writing also helps you to break down the matter into compartments that your brain can better understand and retain. If you are to give a speech tomorrow and if you have written down notes and pointers for it, then you will be able to retain most of what you want to say even if the notes aren't physically present in front of you.
Develops Organization Skills
The thought of organizing stuff seems tedious to many, but people who take notes are rather good with it. If you have the habit of taking down notes it is but obvious that you would want to save and keep all of them, and that is precisely why a note-taker slowly but steadily develops organization skills. They know how to bifurcate on the basis of their importance, relevancy, etc. These organizational skills are then also applied to other aspects of their life.
All in all, the practice of taking down notes has benefits that go beyond just your classroom or work life. So pick up your pen and paper, or laptop, and take this down!