It appears that science is now confirming what penmanship proponents have long thought – handwriting can make you smarter!
Researchers at Princeton University and UCLA have discovered that “handwriting appears to focus classroom attention and boost learning in a way that typing notes on a keyboard does not.” Although those taking notes on their laptops recorded more words, the process became rote while those taking handwritten notes “appeared to think more intensely about the material as they wrote, and digested what they heard more thoroughly.”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.