'New Methods of Taking Notes' by Giselle Barkley in The Statesman

Freshman biochemistry major Katherine Monjaras photographs lecture slides for class using her iPhone. (JESUS PICHARDO / THE STATESMAN)

Freshman biochemistry major Katherine Monjaras photographs lecture slides for class using her iPhone. (JESUS PICHARDO / THE STATESMAN)

"Using devices ranging from mobile phones to DSL cameras to take pictures of lectures has become a growing trend. This method of note-taking is increasing in prevalence as students explore new ways of keeping up with lectures and staying on top of their classes...Students like Monjaras, however, may use pictures especially when her lecture is fast-paced. Taking pictures of the lecture allows her to devote more time writing what is being said, while her pictures account for what is on the slide... 'From a true learning standpoint I think it is an unfortunate disconnect because you learn something by writing it down. It worries me that students can get away from that habit just figuring they could get a quick snap shot of the punch line…That leaves you doing a lot of the work on your own at home,' Rudick said."

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