The influence of lecture handouts on medical student note taking: Abstract presented (oral) at the Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) ASM 2019, Galway, Ireland

Suraj Kohli, Arjun Patel, Sarah Allsop (Contributor), Liz Gaze (Editor)

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Abstract

Student note taking is an integral part of the learning process, with the style of student note taking changing with the advent of laptops and tablet devices. However, it has been shown that hand writing notes improves conceptual understanding of topics. The format of lecture handouts has changed within the University of Bristol medical school, with 1st year students not being supplied with printed handouts compared to their 2nd year colleagues who were supplied with printed handouts at the beginning of term. We therefore reviewed their note taking practices in medical sciences lectures.

Undergraduate 1st and 2nd year medical students were surveyed anonymously using an electronic student response survey.

The response rate to the survey was 80%(n=385). 80% of 2nd year students made notes in lectures on their handouts compared to 17% of first years. 64% of 1st year students use a laptop/tablet device to make notes, compared to 11% of 2nd year medical students.

The format of student’s note taking has been shown to influence student learning and recall. Students can therefore be guided to perform a mode of note taking depending on the learning resources supplied to them.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 6 Feb 2019

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