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What’s your type: How cherubs take notes

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Each cherub uses their own technique to take notes during lectures. Photo by Ashley Dong

Taking notes is a crucial part of the cherubs program, allowing students to absorb all the information they learn during lectures in Fisk Hall. But cherubs differ in their approach: some go with hand-written notes, while others turn to computers.

Clara Martinez from London, England, said she prefers taking handwritten notes. 

“I’m really old school, so I love just having a notebook and a pen during class,” Martinez said. “I can choose how I want to organize my thoughts on paper, draw pictures and be more directly engaged with the teacher.” 

Martinez said that working on a computer is distracting for her and that writing her notes in her own words helps her remember things better. 

Ruby Dowling, from Menlo Park, California, feels the same. She said that handwritten notes help people remember more of what they hear in lectures. 

“I brought two steno pads with me, and I’ve gone through pretty much both,” Dowling said. “I suggest handwriting to future cherubs because it helps me retain information.”

On the other end of the spectrum, Talia Varsano, from Westport, Connecticut, takes notes on her computer. 

“It’s just been the easiest and most efficient method for me,” Varsano said. “I’ve become good at staying organized with my notes and only jotting down things that I need.”

Whether they take notes by hand or by typing, cherubs choose the option that’s most organized and effective for them.

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