Starting University is a daunting time for students leaving school, and even if you’re a mature student starting back in education can be a challenge. It’s no secret that I love education. I’ve always enjoyed school, reading, completing projects and all the research and independent learning that comes with it. Sometimes, it’s a drag, but retrospectively I’ve always absolutely loved it.
Now I look very fondly back on essays I had to write as an Undergrad, even though, when I was writing them I absolutely hated doing it. There are a lot of things that can make life at University easier, which is why, in collaboration with Trint, I’m excited to share with you my top bits of advice for getting the most out of your lectures and seminars.
Why You Should Record and Transcribe Your Lectures and Seminars
Whether you type or write notes during your lectures and seminars, you’re bound to miss some bits of information that could prove useful to you somewhere down the line in your University career. You may receive essay questions at the end of term and remember a lecture that was perfect and full of info and inspiration for an essay question. But you could also remember that you were tired that day and didn’t take the best (or enough) notes. It happens to the best of us.
Recording your lectures and seminars is perfectly acceptable. You can record them on your phone or laptop. If you’re super keen (or a journalist) you may even have a recording device that you can put on the lectern where your lecturer stands whilst delivering the lesson. I started recording my lectures in my 2nd year of University. But, I didn’t use them until it came to essay or deadline time. But they proved incredibly useful. I would listen to the lectures as I made flash cards or notes, or as I created a plan for the essay that the lecture was on. Even in lectures where I had taken notes that exceeded 2,000+ words typed, there were still bits that I missed or that were clarified when listening to the recording. Even if you don’t end up using them, there’s no harm in having them there just in case. It’s also very helpful if you get a friend to record a lecture when you’re sick and cannot attend.
Transcribing a recorded lecture is not fun and even if you begin transcribing you’re bound to get tired of doing it pretty quickly. Trint is a god-send for students who record lectures as it will transcribe the audio for you, therefore you can spend time on tackling your essays rather than transcribing them. You simply upload your audio and Trint will transcribe the audio into an easy to read document. It even puts in a timestamp of where the audio and comment occurs so if you need to skip to a certain topic in a lecture it’s easy to find your place. If you only find specific areas of the transcription helpful you can highlight them and share it with your friends. If you have to work on a group project, this kind of service saves a lot of time as sharing and compiling notes can be a drag.
I left my BA at Royal Holloway in English to go straight into an MA in Fashion Journalism. So, recording and attending lectures is still something I do very regularly as I never know when I’ll need to listen to, or grab notes from a certain part of a lecture. Even after graduating my MA I expect that I’ll still be recording and transcribing since I want to be a journalist. So, recording and transcribing interviews accurately will be a huge part of the job! I highly recommend that you give Trint’s free trial a go!
Do you guys record your lectures/seminars? What tips do you have on making the most out of your lectures? Let me know your tips down below!
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