4 Reasons Why Note-Taking Is More Than Just Writing Things Down

Josh Spilker
Create Make Write
Published in
4 min readJun 13, 2024

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Note-taking is often seen as a mundane task.

However, it’s so much more than just writing things down.

Let’s figure out why:

1. Enhance your comprehension

We’ve all been there — sitting in a lecture, attending a meeting, or watching a webinar, pen in hand, ready to jot down every word.

Yet, the real magic of note-taking lies not in the writing itself, but in what happens in our brains as we write things down.

Writing by hand engages our brain in a unique way, encoding information more effectively than typing.

The act of writing forces you to process and rephrase content, deepening your comprehension and retention.

I remember struggling to memorize complex concepts early in my career. It wasn’t until I started doodling diagrams and summarizing points in my own words that I noticed a significant improvement.

I often take my own notes during meetings even if there is a transcription tool. I’m trying to remember things

Note-taking became an active learning process rather than a passive recording of information.

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