This note-taking tool is a lifesaver
A note-tapping device that’s supposed to help you focus, remember and stay focused can be a lifesaving tool, according to a study from the University of Sydney.
In a study of more than 100,000 Australians, researchers at the University found that people who used a notebook or other hand-held tool were more likely to remember items that they had taken notes on.
“A lot of people use notes for their own self-regulation and that can be problematic in that you can get lost,” study co-author Professor Sarah Boulton, a researcher at the Department of Psychology, said.
The study, which involved researchers in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the United States, found that students who took notes on a notebook, as well as those who used paper clips, were more than twice as likely to recall information they had seen or heard.
They also were significantly more likely than students who used an app, a digital note-taker, to recall material from a library.
While the study did not show how long the devices were effective at keeping you focused, Professor Boultons said the study could help students understand the impact of their use of these devices on their cognitive abilities.
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She said it could be a helpful tool for students who needed to keep track of a range of information, such as exam papers, notes and assignments.
But, she said, note-pushing devices, which typically cost around $200, should be avoided because they can be expensive to maintain.
It can also be a distraction, especially if students are using them for more than a few minutes a day, she added.
A note-tagging app is also often used by people with ADHD, she explained.
How to write a note without using a pen and paper is also important, she suggested.
“We have a tendency to use words and ideas to help us remember things, to get us through difficult situations.
We can also get stuck on ideas because of a word problem,” Professor Bouston said.”
So, writing is a great way to distract yourself, and you’re probably going to get stuck with something.”