More studies indicate that using a laptop is detrimental to learning as compared to taking notes by hand.  Instead of just trying to get everything down, the student must mentally digest the material as they write by hand and retain the information much better.  A study by Mueller and Oppenheimer in Psychological Science shows a significant difference in performance with respect to conceptual understanding.  To make things worse for the laptop users, it is too tempting to start to lose attention and start going onto social media such as Facebook!

Here is an excellent article about why students are failing from the CBC entitled “NSCC instructure frustrated with ‘entitled’ students”.  Click here to check it out.  For more details, check out my book!

I created this video on Prof. Adel Sedra, who is a professor that I greatly admire. He gives great insight into what it takes to be a professor.