Since the day I started practicing Occupational Therapy 20 years ago…I’ve always seen how writing by hand helps boost memory! Check out this article to see how writing notes by hand is still very beneficial to students!
In the Study Skills Workshop I give, I teach students how to take notes by hand and boost their memory of the subject. By using more than one sensory system when we study, we have much better retention. Furthermore, the bigger surface we write on, the better we remember! This is why I often suggest to parents to paint their child’s bedroom door with whiteboard paint or chalkboard paint. This way they can write out those history dates in a big timeline! The big surface provides a big picture (visual sense), a big movement (touch sense)…so the student is not just relying on their auditory sense by saying the dates out loud.