Purpose: Notetaking is a critical skill for higher-level thinking and information integration in graduate students, including occupational therapy students. Though there is a growing body of literature about notetaking modalities, strategies utilized, and self-perceptions of skills in college students, studies about occupational therapy (OT) students’ notetaking preferences have been absent from the literature. This study examines how OT students take notes and their perceptions of their notes. Method: This descriptive study of students in a Master of Occupational Therapy program (n=57) completed the Notetaking Abilities and Strategies of University Students (NASUS) questionnaire which captures the constructs of notetaking methods, reasons for taking notes, students’ opinions of their notes, satisfaction with notetaking and usefulness of notes, students’ desires to change their notetaking methods, and organization and review of notes after class. Results: Study found that students utilized both handwritten and digital forms of notetaking, as expected, and took notes in class primarily as a resource to study for assessments and complete assignments as well as to remember information. Overall, students had a moderate degree of confidence and satisfaction with the usefulness of their notes and expressed a desire to improve their notetaking. Conclusions: Understanding the notetaking preferences of OT students can facilitate OT programs’ ability to support these students’ learning.
This study would not have been possible without the assistance of undergraduate and graduate research assistants: Amrital Jagra, Adeyinka Adedeji, Anna Swink, Mikaela McGraw and our colleague, Ms. Colleen Zane, MS, OTR/L. Ashutosh Pandey, PhD is also thanked for his statistical analysis support.
Potvin M, Chabot MC, Carr K. Occupational Therapy Students' Perceptions of their own Notetaking. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2022 Sep 26;20(4), Article 20.