Handwritten Notes vs. E-Notes


In recent times, each one of us has become technology-friendly. Our day begins with mobile notification, messages and night ends with Watsapp, YouTube, etc. Life without digitally compatible devices will now become monotonous. But do they really work as a life driving force? Most of us have become so lethargic and have given up on writing, but its advantages still can’t be denied. Also, the importance of digital notes can’t be neglected. So, considering these points this read is framed. Do ponder on these points stated below, which would help you to frame your notes depending upon your nature of work.

Handwritten Notes:

1. Simple and Everlasting document

The foremost quality of handwritten notes is that it acts as a permanent record. Whenever it is required you can immediately collect the important information from these preserved documents. A notebook and a pen will help you to write and maintain data so that it could become a storehouse of information.

“I prefer the pen. There is something elemental about the glide and flow of nib and ink on paper.”
― James Robertson

2. Forces you to think critically

Doesn’t this term “critical” scare us? Yes, it does but one must keep in mind that writing after thinking helps our thought process to evolve, expand and grow it leads to the connection of ideas which would further help to build critical thinking.

 3. Enhances learning ability

Okay! We know that we are humans and can’t retain things for a longer period. But do you know that handwritten notes are effective for short-term and long-term memory recall? The reason behind it is that those words and sentences were written by us on a piece of paper evoking critical thinking and in our handwriting. These notes will always serve as cues whenever we would try to recall the context and content of the original lecture. This play between the pen and hand at the same time helps to keep hold of thoughts for a longer duration of time.

4. Time-consuming

Handwritten notes serve all purposes, well from retaining the things to preventing the wastage of time and money. But each one of us knows how much time it consumes. As one must think first and then write. Also, while writing we keep on adding and subtracting data which might prove to be dangerous. If you have a shortage of time,

5. Less information can be displayed

What if we have lots of syllabi to cover and just thought of making assignments and approaching exams is giving nightmares? What will we do? Shall we go to the cafe or shall we open our laptops and cherish the sight of digital notes, as less time and effort are required. Such huge information will be displayed without wasting precious time or to display the huge quantity of organized data merely on the sheets of paper.


1. Less time consuming and more data storage

Are you in a hurry and must maintain a record of enormous data? Then digital notes will surely help you to compile a larger volume of data, by preventing your time loss and they could be made easily using many compatible devices.

Especially in the digital age, people want everything now, now, now!
-Mark Waid

2. Fewer chances of errors

Making digital notes will reduce the chance of grammar and spelling mistakes, as so many applications are available these days which could immediately recognize your errors and correct them on the spot.

3. Helps in mass communication

Once the things are noted by you on the compatible devices, there is no need to write it again. Which makes an easy job a tedious one? So, message or content written once could be immediately sent to all the people without wasting any time. This also leads to the seamless integration of technologies that are required for mailing, scanning, printing, and so on.

Sharing is good, and with digital technology, sharing is easy.
Richard Stallman

4. Doesn't shapes critical thinking

Digital notes can be prepared using the internet. These notes can be created easily by using various shortcuts such as cut, copy, and paste. This leads to less interaction of thoughts and hence doesn’t involve critical thinking.

5. Technological issues may lead to the destruction of notes

Sometimes the technological equipment we are using might not function due to any damage, malfunction, loss, or theft. This kind of issue ultimately leads to the destruction of notes which were made after the compilation of research.

The irony, we want our handwriting to look like typed fonts, and our computer fonts to look like handwritten text.”
― Vikrmn

Practically both types of notes can be used simultaneously. It depends on the nature and kind of work. The students must prefer handwritten notes as it would help them to retain important facts and information for a longer duration of time. Whereas for the big firms, it’s not possible to maintain such huge data in the form of handwritten notes.