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Rita Skeeter had the quick-quote quill, that seemingly

  1. Could take dictation on its own

  2. Even write on its own.

Why didn't schoolkids at Hogwarts use such quills in everyday study to:

  1. Take notes in class

  2. Help writing homework essays, at least the basic outlines.

One possible challenge may be that the quills might be expensive, but surely well-to-do kids like Harry or Draco (or those who absolutely value study like Hermione) would surely avail themselves of such.

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    Maybe Rita enchanted the pen herself and it was a one-of-a-kind thing? (I'm sure there are other examples of one-of-a-kind magical objects in HP, but can't bring any to mind.) – Rand al'Thor Dec 31 '14 at 15:26
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    i know for hermione specifically she wouldn't use one of these quills in class because, actually writing the information down by hand is a great help for personal retention. having notes given to you is actually worse for studying them making them yourself. however, harry and draco who are semi lazy students ( like i was ) would use them, if they could they would haha. – Himarm Dec 31 '14 at 15:33
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    @Himarm - find me a reputable academic out of universe site, and worth an answer. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 31 '14 at 15:57
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    If I remember right Rita's quill had a tendency to embellish, which might not be particularly useful in most classes (although it could be good in Divination I guess). – Xantec Dec 31 '14 at 16:35
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    Relevant? – Rand al'Thor Dec 31 '14 at 16:42
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Based on study habits the general consensus from research is that taking notes (manually) and reviewing the notes is the best choice for long term retention. abstract

This experiment investigated 3 newly classified note-taking functions: encoding (take notes/no review), encoding plus storage (take notes/review notes) and external storage (absent self from lecture/review borrowed notes...Results pertaining to note-taking functions indicated that encoding plus storage was superior to encoding and to external storage for recall performance and superior to encoding for synthesis performance.

So based on this as a student such as Hermione being allowed to use a quick quotes quill would be a disadvantage. Furthermore as a teacher allowing your students to use this would also be detrimental to their learning.

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    I'd still like an in-universe answer as well, but this is excellently reasoned. +1 for Ravenclaw – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 31 '14 at 16:14
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    +1 to this. My lecturers used to hate it when people turned up, left a dictaphone on the desk and left the auditorium. – Valorum Dec 31 '14 at 16:41
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    @Richard i just showed up and slept – Himarm Dec 31 '14 at 16:43
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    @Himarm - LOL. I once was literally banned from an entire class for showing up at the first lecture, and falling asleep on the first row. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 31 '14 at 16:47
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    ... (just for completeness - I was allowed to return for the final, and got an A for the final and the class). – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 1 '15 at 1:42

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