This study investigated the effect of using mobile phone short message service (SMS) on notetaking and comprehension of materials presented through an audio system. Two research questions and two hypotheses guided the study. The study employed a quasi-experimental nonequivalent pretest, posttest control group design. A sample of 400 subjects was drawn through stratified random sampling procedure. Two instruments-Audio-Taped Lecture (ATL) and Test for Assessing Comprehension (TAC) were designed and used to collect the data for the study. These two instruments were validated and reliability coefficients of 0.88 and 0.81 were obtained for ATL and TAC respectively. The research questions were answered using mean and standard deviation statistics while the hypotheses were tested using the analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) at 0.05 level of significance. The results of the study included that SMS style of writing improves students’ note-taking competence as well as comprehension. Based on these findings, recommendations that were made included the teaching and learning of strategic notetaking using SMS style of writing and also that lecturers should make deliberate and conscious efforts to encourage their students to write notes during lectures.
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