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Lined, Blank, or Grid? What Your Preferred Notebook Type Says About You

How do you like your paper?
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Even though lessons and modules have gone digital, many students still turn to writing down their notes by hand. Studies have shown that writing on notebooks helps you remember better compared to typing them on your computer. It's also a good way to step away from your devices and lessen screen time.

What people are usually divided on regarding manually taking down notes is the type of paper they use. Most notebooks on the market are made with different types of paper--lined, dotted, or just plain pages. Some may prefer to use notebooks with dotted pages while others like it blank. There's no superior type, it's really all about personal preference. But here's what the type of paper you like to write on might say about your writing habits and tendencies:  

Lined

Notebooks typically have lined pages that serve as a guide for users. If you prefer to use notebooks with this type of paper, then you like to be organized and neat with your penmanship, period. You don't mind that there are visible lines on the pages and appreciate how they steer your handwriting to the right direction.

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Square-grid

Remember your math classes and how you'd use grid papers to illustrate graphs? If you're more of a visual learner and likes to illustrate beside your handwritten notes, then you probably like to use paper with square grids to keep your drawings neat and proper.

Some people also use grid paper and write one letter per box, which might seem like a waste of space for others, but the precise placing of letters and spaces is satisfying for some.

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Blank

Sketchbooks and other types of art paper use blank pages, but there are also notebooks for writing have no lines at all. If you prefer to use blank, unlined pages for your notes, then you're more of the free-spirited and efficient notetaker.

Since there are no boundaries that dictate where you should write, you are able to maximize the entire page and squeeze in as many words as you can to save space. You like to impose your own margins (or use none at all) and would occasionally even squeeze in a scribble or drawing at the sides.

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Dotted

There are also notebooks that make use of pages with barely-there dotted lines. If you're a fan of this type of paper, you're probably someone who likes to keep it low-key. Using dotted pages gives you the best of both worlds--the dotted lines keep your handwriting on point and well ordered without being too obvious and in your face, which helps you focus more on what you are writing on the page instead of the lines printed on it.

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