View Full Version : Handwritten vs. Typed

February 10th, 2013, 12:39 PM
Well, many of us are in school or college, and with that comes note taking. Fun stuff, huh?

Well, there's two options when it comes to writing down everything your teacher or professor drones on about, and that's either handwriting everything with a pen or pencil, or typing everything down on a laptop. Other options also include typing on a tablet, although I'm not exactly sure if that's called typing...

Anyway, what method do you use, and which would you prefer? Feel free to explain your opinions!

Personally, I write everything down. The main reason would be because I lack a laptop, and trust me, I'd opt for the laptop if I had the money. But I can live with handwriting, cause I usually take decent notes.

Sweets Witch
February 10th, 2013, 2:14 PM
By the time I got to college and unlocked the option to type my notes, it was far too late. I had already been conditioned to hand-write everything to wrist-cramping extremities. The good thing is it wasn't as much writing since the professors put their notes online to be printed out. It was more like scribbling down half-sentences than taking notes.

February 10th, 2013, 2:32 PM
I've begun using my tablet for notes in class. I like having everything on my Google docs. However, I still use a notebook for math though, as of course, unless you have some sort of amazing skills at note-taking on a tablet with drawing, then it'll wind up in disaster.

February 10th, 2013, 2:38 PM
1-i don't have a laptop but i'll work on getting the money to get one dell or hp as Toshipa suck and apple on my 40s probably! lol

2-i prefer to write than typing,i feel more comfortable with that..i might type a story or silly stuff but when it comes to writing in college i prefer..hand meet pen,pen meet hand..you guys are friends now so start writing dammit!!!...end of the story ^^

February 10th, 2013, 3:13 PM
I like typing things because I can type 90-101 wpm. Writing? It makes my hands hurt so bad. I hate hand writing things out.

And you can edit the text on a computer fairly easily, so that's another bonus.

February 10th, 2013, 3:25 PM
I would opt for a laptop because I rather use electronics than waste paper and all. Protect the trees! xD

But I would do my work on like 75% on the laptop and 25% on a paper. Because we wouldn't want to lose our ability to write on paper now, do we? :C

February 10th, 2013, 3:30 PM
typing in the computer/laptop because i have a bad handwritting. no, i mean... a " not bad" but not perfect either. not only that but typing in the computer is faster in my opinion.

February 10th, 2013, 3:32 PM
I can write quickly and still (usually) manage to read it, so that works fine. I'm a lot faster at typing, though, so that's ideal if possible.

February 10th, 2013, 4:01 PM
this thread was calling me lol

Personally...it depends. I'm an old school person, even though I'm big on technology, traditionally I prefer to write. I always tend to keep a notebook with me at all times, just in case I want to write something down. I always write my notes on paper. I always write ideas, stories, poems, and other things that are worth writing on paper. On the other side, I do reports, schoolwork, and roleplays on the computer. I find it much neater and convenient.

Doing homework handwritten is horrible for me and it is low on quality, so I always aim for word processing. :P

February 10th, 2013, 4:24 PM
There's a sense of pride when you fill out a whole A4 copybook imo. It can also look much more personal.
Typing is faster though.

February 10th, 2013, 4:29 PM
I can't trust myself to focus with typing, and typing doesn't give me the memorization aspect that handwriting stuff does. Also, when I type I tend to type everything, but when I write I actually do critical thinking of what the teacher said, decide what I need to know, and then write it down. It keeps me more focused in class.

February 10th, 2013, 6:07 PM
For notes? I've never used the computer for it. When I was in school I still had a desktop, so handwriting was my only option.

I can type faster than I can write, but I think I'd remember better if I handwrote them. And I'm just used to it. That and I make more mistakes typing than I do writing. What's the point of going super fast if I have to go back and fix everything later?

February 10th, 2013, 7:33 PM
I don't have a good handwriting and I hate getting cramps from writing so much so I prefer to type things. Plus I'm fast at typing so its easier typing up a paragraph than it is writing one.

February 10th, 2013, 9:38 PM
When I had to take notes, even when I had a laptop at my disposal, I never used it, I always preferred handwriting stuff.

One...having a computer out during class would have been a huge temptation to do other things aside from actually taking notes. Actually, I guess that would have been the biggest thing, haha. Two, with handwriting something I feel like I can just jot something down more quickly and remember it more easily.

Also...I could doodle on the same paper I wrote on, and I doodled a lot in classes. :D I wouldn't have been able to have that same luxury on a laptop.

February 11th, 2013, 12:21 AM
Never had the option of using a laptop for notes, but even if I had, I'd still prefer the old pen and paper. I took most of my notes in cursive handwriting, which made them a little messier, but I could write that way much faster than printing. Granted, I can type much faster still, but even when I used school computers for notes, I found myself taking overly detailed notes, which took me a lot longer to study than if I just wrote down key bullet points.

Any sort of assignment, though, I much preferred typing up than writing it out. Not so much because I felt it was better, but it did look neater and was much easier for my teacher to read.

February 11th, 2013, 12:49 PM
In class, I like to write things down on paper because I tend to get distracted when I use the computer to do that. In assignments, I type them out.

February 11th, 2013, 12:51 PM
It depends on the class, if I have to take notes or write something down that's brief and has to be organized in a particular way then I usually handwrite it, but I prefer typing for bulk stuff.

In class I usually write everything then go back and type it and organize it on my computer.

February 11th, 2013, 12:53 PM
I used to prefer handwriting over typing but it's much too slow and tiring on the hand. I've progressed to typing and yea I get the temptation to do other things and will often indulge myself in browsing websites in class but it doesn't affect me that much.

I just end up studying harder at home with what I've typed down coupled with what my reading involves.

February 11th, 2013, 1:10 PM
In college I never got a chance to type my notes because I did not have one back then.

February 11th, 2013, 1:58 PM
I find typing easier but in Uni, I went to an art school so it was just easier to write notes in my sketchpad than having to haul a whole computer along with me along with all my drawing stuff and sketchbooks.

February 11th, 2013, 5:53 PM
My handwriting isn't terrible but I like to type because it's faster and...
xD It's more fun xD

February 12th, 2013, 9:43 AM
Using a laptop never occurred to me. Either I knew my teachers wouldn't allow it or it didn't make sense to drag a laptop around with me most places I went because of how far I had to go or how long I'd have to be out. Also, all of this:
One...having a computer out during class would have been a huge temptation to do other things aside from actually taking notes. Actually, I guess that would have been the biggest thing, haha. Two, with handwriting something I feel like I can just jot something down more quickly and remember it more easily.

Also...I could doodle on the same paper I wrote on, and I doodled a lot in classes. :D I wouldn't have been able to have that same luxury on a laptop.
And on top of that, writing your notes lets you organize them differently. I would have lots of circled things with arrows pointing to other parts of my notes and stuff like that. Not easy to do on a laptop.

February 12th, 2013, 9:55 AM
I'm not allowed to type notes in my school, being only thirteen, but if I could I'd totally do it.

February 12th, 2013, 3:45 PM
Sometimes, I prefer to write by hand. We take notes a lot, and I'm not permitted to bring my small netbook to school. But if I could, typing would be much more easier.

Shining Raichu
February 13th, 2013, 3:35 PM
Typed is easier simply because it's faster. When I went to college and I was handwriting, I'd miss half the important stuff because I couldn't write fast enough lol

February 16th, 2013, 1:49 PM
Personally, I prefer typing.
My hand tends to cramp after a few minutes of writing, and as a lot of people have already mentioned, typing tends to be faster.
Plus, I can barely read my own handwriting so... >>

February 16th, 2013, 6:46 PM
Even though my handwriting is horrible, I find I learn best when I hand write my notes. They were such scribble though, omg! I remember I used to have to type them in order to study on them, but that was also another part of my studying process. So I hand wrote my notes and then typed them when I needed to study them. It worked out pretty well when I was in college.