I'm asking this question right now due to the fact that a lower back problem has made it very difficult for me to do much but lie down for large sections of the day when it flares up, and the fact that it is quite difficult to take notes when lying on your back.

How important would one say taking notes is to the mathematical learning process? What other ways are there of learning?

I've always taken notes in the past, but the development of this back problem has made it very painful to stand or sit longer than necessary at times, and during those times much of my sitting time must go towards doing the problem sets.

(Suggested cross-post from math.stackexchange.)

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    $\begingroup$ are you looking for research? or just anecdotes? $\endgroup$ – celeriko Oct 11 '16 at 18:47
  • $\begingroup$ @celeriko Anecdotes are acceptable, but research is preferable. $\endgroup$ – Nethesis Oct 11 '16 at 18:48
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    $\begingroup$ Is this at home simply reading? Or doing exercises? Or in a classroom? $\endgroup$ – Daniel R. Collins Oct 12 '16 at 1:30
  • $\begingroup$ @DanielR.Collins Undergraduate course $\endgroup$ – Nethesis Oct 12 '16 at 6:02
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    $\begingroup$ (cont from converted answer) You'll have to learn which position best suits you. Remember, scribbling is frequently required but, for me, it worked to write only what was necessary. For instance, I only wrote only definitions and theorem/lemma statements and that, too, in very symbolic notation. Hope this helps and hope you recover soon. Get yourself checked/treated properly. $\endgroup$ – quid Oct 15 '16 at 6:58

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