Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type

Chapman access only poster or presentation

Publication Date

Fall 12-5-2018


The current study examines the deeper understanding of content in a classroom, dependent on the note-taking strategy students use. A student’s note-taking method has a big impact on how the student studies and their achievement in courses. In this study, we predict that without reviewing notes, students who takes notes by hand will have better factual learning outcomes than those who takes on their laptop or do not take notes at all. We also desire to understand which note taking strategy will enhance deeper understanding of the content. To examine this, participants in the classroom were randomly assigned into conditions and instructed to either take notes via laptop or by hand, or not take notes at all on a selected video. This was in preparation for an in-class quiz of the material, approximately 45 minutes after the video was shown. The quiz included factual and conceptual questions allowing the examination of deeper understanding of the content. Students were also instructed to complete a questionnaire about their note-taking habits. The findings will suggest which note taking strategy allows for deeper understanding of content.


Presented at the Fall 2018 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.

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