Taking Notes vs. Photographing Slides

By Erik Ofgang for Tech and Learning

New research has found that students who take notes outperform students who photograph slides during an online lecture. “We consistently found that note-takers remembered more information from the lectures than photo-takers or no-note-takers,” says Dr. Sarah Shi Hui Wong, an instructor at the National University of Singapore, and the lead author of the paper. “In fact, photo-takers performed just as poorly on the test as their peers who didn’t take any notes at all.”

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Research consistently shows that writing is one of the best ways – if not the best way – for students to remember text and ideas. This is why Reading Kingdom includes a lot of writing. It’s a great way for students to improve visual memory which is a key to reading fluency.