Digital voice recorder for nursing lectures?
- 0Feb 25, '13 by Jaynie_MarieI got my acceptance letter a couple weeks ago (yay) and will be starting in my school's ADN program in August. I've had a couple people tell me that I should purchase a digital voice recorder for use during the lectures (yes, I know I would need to made sure it is ok with the instructors). I did ok in A&P 1 & 2 without one, but the instructor in the math class I am currently in posts recording of class in BlackBoard and I have referred back to them a couple times. I was wondering if anyone has used a digital recorder for lectures and whether it helped or not? Also, does anyone have any suggestions on what recorder to get if I decide this is something I want to do? Thank you!
(Please excuse any grammar/spelling errors as I am on my phone and cannot type very well on it)
- 1Feb 25, '13 by CT Pixie, ASN, RNInstead of spending money on a recorder, use your phone. If a recorder doesn't come as a standard app, its easy enough to find a free app that is a recorder (I just downloaded one on my phone).
I never really taped lectures, but I am having difficulty in this particular class and decided to try something new. I taped the lecture and when home, I pull out my power point printout and play the recording as I read the slides, I make side notes on the paper if I notice something the professor says that may help reinforce the info.
- 0Feb 26, '13 by lolaviexI prefer to use an actual recorder and not my phone. I've had trouble with my phone in the past not recording clear, or giving me trouble when I try to share the file with other devices. The one I use is Olympus. I'm not sure what kind it is but the model number on the front is VN-6200PC. I spent a little more and got the one with a USB upgrade so I can upload the files to my computer. That way I can email it to someone who needs it, or put it on my mp3 player.
- 0Feb 26, '13 by bigsick_littlesick, ADN, RNI bought a Sony digital recorder and I used it quite a lot. Found it very helpful to refer back to what the instructor was talking about EXACTLY especially when our study group heard 10 different things. Mine was a little more pricey because it have a mini USB port so I could transfer them to my computer, that way I don't run out of room and have to record over previous lectures. I also bought an auxiliary cord so I could plug it into my car and listen to it on the way to clinicals or if I had a long drive ahead of me somewhere. I bought a Sony one, price was around $50-60. Great quality, much better than my iPhone 5.
- 1Feb 26, '13 by GrnTea, BSN, MSN, RNI did this in my first graduate level class because I was breastfeeding a newborn and never knew when I would have to step out. Even if not, it was hard to take good notes. I sketched the slides, then at night when the baby was sleeping I transcribed the lecture using a typewriter (remember those?) and sketched in the slides on the pages. Nowadays I would have just printed out a page at a time and added the sketches to each.
At the end of the course I had a fabulous study guide and even though it was a really hard course on largely unfamiliar material (neurophysiology and biophysics) and I was still nursing q2h all night, I got a B and was thrilled with it. The transcribing was the key-- I heard it once, then I heard it again and wrote it down, then I read it. Three ways to get my brain to understand it, worked great.