10 Best Notebooks for College Students

Studies like this one by Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer show that those who take notes on laptops tend to fare worse in conceptual evaluations than those who write out their notes longhand. The mechanism here essentially boils down to the efficiency of typing itself. Because people are able to write so much more quickly on a computer, they tend to reproduce the content verbatim, rather than framing it in one’s own words. This removes the critical thinking aspect of note-taking, however minute, that leads to deeper understanding and memory. For all your note-taking needs, here are the top ten best notebooks for college students: