Doodling in Class: Beneficial or Not?

Do you doodle?  You know, making shapes, lines, pictures, words, etc. in your notebook or on a scrap piece of paper.  While most of us think it might be a bad habit or something we do because we are bored, a new study has found that doodling can actually increase information retention and be a positive activity.

By no means will I encourage you to doodle in class because I will have a handful of angry instructors knocking on my office door, but I would suggest trying it while doing a listening activity of less importance.  Perhaps if you have a phone conversation with a relative or friend doodle while you are on the phone with them and afterward see how well you can recall dates, times, or specific details about the conversation.  If it seems to work for you, perhaps try it with slightly more important activities 🙂