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I have tried both methods, and here are my thoughts:

Handwritten - pretty writing, colourful notes, personalized, but lots of paperwork to store.

Typed - easy to access online (anytime), free account for students, often monotonous-looking

What have you found helps you the most when studying a complex topic?

Do you have any online websites you could suggest?

Do you have any strategies on note-taking/note-making?

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I use both, I'm still learning a few things as projects.So I find it better to use the two options.
I use Google a lot, but also do what I call 'branhing'
So I go to one site, then a branch from that and another from that...and on it go's.
Very time consuming, but (for me) well worth the effort. That's for when I am studying complex topics.It's not for everyone, you also have to have some insight so you don't get lost....with all those 'branches'.
You can see from the pic I have placed, how it 'kind of works'.
Yeah - combination of both. However I prefer to write because I retain it better. I generally jot down the key work that pops out that will help me remember the information.
Handwritten in point form. I haven't studied for a few years, but when I was at uni found paying attention to lectures more valuable than the notes I paid. The lectures where I completely participated, I remembered a lot more without needing to rely on the notes I made.
I use bullet points. Like Chipp said, writing it down helps you remember it better, but I can't always read my own handwriting. If I do use any typed material, I alway print it off and use a highlighter.
I'm not studying now but when I did I always wrote my notes out by hand. It's what I'm used to from taking notes in lectures back in the day before laptops were a common thing.
I think a combination of both works best. I like to write my own notes as I find that this helps to get the information into my head, but then I may also type up key points that I know I will want to keep and return to.
Almost everything I do is on my computer or phone. I always have one that is easily accessible.
Typed.
I use a great piece of software called Scrivener.
My first draft is always hand written, it helps me focus during the lecture and therefore cements my learning. Depending on the subject I will then go home and type them up, refine them and again it helps me to remember the key aspects.
Most of my earlier study notes are handwritten. In recent times my studynotes are increasingly in a typed format.
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