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Back To School: Printed Learning For Success

January 15, 2024

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As we welcome a new academic year, it’s time for a good rest in December followed by a renewed focus on enhancing our scholars’ learning experiences. 

At Uniprint Global, we understand the profound impact that printed learning materials can have on a student’s educational journey. Unlike digital formats, printed materials offer a tactile, engaging learning experience, essential for comprehension and retention.

What has brought us to that understanding? Let’s discuss it here.

The Academics Behind The Statements

A recent study by the South African Journal of Education revealed a notable improvement in comprehension and retention among students using printed materials. Scholars engaging with physical texts exhibited a 15% higher understanding and memory retention rate compared to their peers relying solely on digital resources.

This increased engagement is not just about the content itself, but also about the physical interaction with the material. The act of turning pages, highlighting text, and writing notes in the margins creates a multisensory learning experience that digital formats often lack.

This hands-on interaction enhances cognitive processes and aids in embedding information more deeply in a student’s memory. Furthermore, studies have shown that the physicality of printed materials can reduce mental fatigue, as reading from a screen for prolonged periods can cause eye strain and diminished concentration.

The Digital Divide Debate

In today’s digital age, it’s easy to overlook the accessibility challenges that come with online learning. 

Not all students have equal access to digital devices and stable internet connections. Printed materials stand out as a more inclusive, equitable option. They ensure that every scholar, regardless of their socio-economic background, has access to quality educational resources.

A recent study highlighted that 65% of learners in under-resourced communities showed improved academic performance when provided with printed materials, underscoring their role in bridging the digital divide.

The Distraction-Free Nature of Print

In an era of constant digital distractions, printed materials provide a focused, distraction-free learning environment. This is particularly crucial for younger scholars who are more susceptible to digital interruptions. 

Print materials allow students to engage deeply with the content, fostering a more immersive and effective learning experience. It’s easier to take notes on paper and there is a greater correlation to remembering information when it is handwritten as it engages another facet of the brain.

Lifelong Learning Foundation

Printed materials are not just about academic performance; they’re about laying the groundwork for lifelong learning. They encourage active reading, note-taking and critical thinking skills – essential tools for academic and personal growth. 

By incorporating printed materials into their study routines, scholars develop habits that will serve them well throughout their educational journey and beyond.

Enhance learning with quality print. Trust Uniprint for success!

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