Taping lectures

  1. Does anyone (audio)tape their lectures??

    Did you actually use the tapes to review, or was it just a waste of effort?

    I was thinking about getting a new tape recorder...... Any recommendations for a particularly good model that worked very well for a large lecture hall???

    Hubby mentioned that there are digital recorders that can be connected to voice-activated software that will type out what comes off the recorder...has anyone tried this??? Although I think the regular audio-cassettes would probably be more reliable for my purposes, I'm wondering if anyone has experience with this set-up.
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  3. by   RNIAM
    I found this very difficult and it was so hard to hear what was taped. It may have been the tape recorder but I have heard from a few people that they had the same problem. It didn't work well for me but I am sure you will find those here that it did work for.
    Good luck.
  4. by   memphispanda
    We aren't allowed to tape classes unless we have prior permission, and there has to be a good reason for asking...not just "I really would like to tape the class". We were allowed to tape in some ofmy non-nursig classes...I taped a class twice and never listened to the tapes.
  5. by   l.rae
    when l was in school, taped lectures were my salvation, l listened to them and re-wrote my notes...I ALWAYS picked up on something i had missed during lecture....raised my GPA significantly..............LR
  6. by   PennyLane
    From what I've heard, it seems like a good idea. I just know myself too well to think that I'd actually sit down and listen to them.

    Someone else on this board a while ago posted a good idea--they taped themselves speaking their notes, and would then play the tape in the car.
  7. by   martymoose
    I was just looking into getting a digital recorder(still have to put it in the front of class to hear, tho) and a nice feature is that I can down load the class lecture into a file on my computer and review as many times as I want.I never had to record lectures before, but somthing tells me I had better this time They ran around 70 bucks- expensive toy- but useful. What would we do without technology.-chris
  8. by   Angelica
    O.K., this reply has almost nothing to do with the thread (I apologize). I got a new pocket computer for christmas and I downloaded a careplan form onto it. At appropriate places on the form I can press a button and record my pt's information into that section, and play it back later when I'm doing my clinical paperwork. I don't know how useful that will be or whether or not I will do that, but it seems like a pretty cool option.
  9. by   Angela_N_WA
    Our syllabus specifically said no tape recorders.. thank god i didnt spend the $50 on one before i found that out... The reasoning behind no recorders is that as nurses you cant record so you might as well get into the good listening now...
    Angela,
    Who just started her 1 of 6 quarters...
  10. by   renerian
    Was my number one way to study. About 25% of the class taped. I listened to the tapes while I was resting when I was to tired to read. Worth the effort.

    renerian
  11. by   DebsZoo
    originally posted by christinemj
    does anyone (audio)tape their lectures??

    did you actually use the tapes to review, or was it just a waste of effort?

    i was thinking about getting a new tape recorder...... any recommendations for a particularly good model that worked very well for a large lecture hall???

    hubby mentioned that there are digital recorders that can be connected to voice-activated software that will type out what comes off the recorder...has anyone tried this??? although i think the regular audio-cassettes would probably be more reliable for my purposes, i'm wondering if anyone has experience with this set-up.
    i have had 2 of the digital recorders.........and have returned both of them. for whatever reason, the recording quality sucks, with loud static, only in spots, and sreeches also.
    i finally settled on a mini recorder. taping lectures did not work for me, as previously stated, the quality is not the best. if you have a professor that allows you to place the recorder near them, and they do not move around a lot, then it would probably be better.

    instead of recording lectures, i have found that reading my notes into the recorder helps immensely (sp). i have done this in a couple of classes and have been able to use the tapes throughout the weeks before exams to pump the info into myself.
    has worked well.
  12. by   delirium
    I bought a tape recorder, used it once, never listened to the tape.
    I just am not that into school.

    This past semester we had a nursing instructor who refused to have her lecture taped. I thought everyone's heads were going to collectively explode. It was pretty amusing, actually.

    I listen, more than I take notes. I listen and read and usually do very well.

  13. by   jdomep
    I don't like to tape lectures...what I do is take good notes then go home and read my notes into my recorder and play it when I am driving /cooking / cleaning whatever...it really helps reinforce my studies
  14. by   NurseDixie
    I taped nearly all my lectures. I have an hour drive to school and listened to them on my way home and again on my way to school the next day. Helped me a lot. I noticed, though, that only about 8 -10 students taped lectures.

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