Tape Recorders???

  1. I was wondering, if any of you have recorded lectures to help you learn...does it help, and if so do you have any suggestions of a good voice recorder I could purchase?
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  3. by   Finally2008
    I love my recorder!! I don't know how I worked without one...I got a Sony ICD-P320 and it works fine. I download my lectures onto my computer and then I transfer them onto my MP3 player. Now, it can be a real pain because I have to convert them from a WAV file into an MP3 file, so if I could do it all over again, I would get a recorder that records in an MP3 format. I love having my recorder because I can go walking and study at the same time!! Also, when listening again, you can catch some of those little things that you may have not written down in your notes that always seem to appear on the test!
  4. by   SoulShine75
    I couldn't live without my recorder because that way you won't miss any of what the instructor says. I bought a digital recorder , but can't tell you the
    brand off the top of my head. I know it's black and was about $40 dollars.
    If you get one definitely go digital, this will save you a lot of money on buying tapes.
  5. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from KEVO05
    I was wondering, if any of you have recorded lectures to help you learn...does it help, and if so do you have any suggestions of a good voice recorder I could purchase?
    I agree with the other posters....couldn't live without it!
    It's absolutely helpful in my case since I operate in a foreign language.
  6. by   lisabeth
    I have for all the pre-requisites, but you know, I think we will all have to find alternate ways to learn things once in the program. Who will have time to sit and listen to 8 hours of lectures after you get home from school???

    What I am really wondering about, is what is a good alternate method? I hope we dont have to find out with the trial and error method.
  7. by   CuriousMe
    I do record lectures, but I don't use a recorder....I record lectures with my laptop. I then go ahead and upload them to my iPod and then listen to them as I go about my day.

    It makes a world of difference to me being able to listen to the lectures multiple times.

    Peace,
    Cathie
  8. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from TexasAngel
    I have for all the pre-requisites, but you know, I think we will all have to find alternate ways to learn things once in the program. Who will have time to sit and listen to 8 hours of lectures after you get home from school???

    What I am really wondering about, is what is a good alternate method? I hope we dont have to find out with the trial and error method.
    In nursing school it will all depend on what Kind of classes we are in, some will be more theoretical than others. Some will be more challenging than others. I agree we need advice on Good load management skills, LOL .
    I use the fast setting on my recorder ( Your hear everything in "chipmunk") and I slow down if I have too much to fill in or if something wasn't clear. ...and I also use the fast forward button, so I can "spot" listen if I think I didn't take good enough notes. There is no law against taping at my school, and since I am also a student with a disability I will be able to continue taping away ( I kind of have a Rx from my doctor to use one LOL
    I forgot to mention that I have an Olympus digital voice recorder and I am able to download stuff onto my computer and burn it onto discs.
    Last edit by stpauligirl on Dec 30, '06
  9. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from CuriousMe
    I do record lectures, but I don't use a recorder....I record lectures with my laptop. I then go ahead and upload them to my iPod and then listen to them as I go about my day.

    It makes a world of difference to me being able to listen to the lectures multiple times.

    Peace,
    Cathie
    Now this is waaaaay too cool
    Some day when I get money, I'll get a laptop, too.
  10. by   shippoRN
    I use to have a clunky tape recorder back in the day of undergrad (jeez like 10 yrs ago now i think.) Once i decided to go back to school and did pre-reqs i invested in a digital voice recorder.
    Like other posters have said, go digital. My model is the Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-100.
    Whats neat about it is, its tiny, It has folders, so you can tape multiple things through out the day and organize them in those folders (of course there is a limit on how many hours you can record, it depends on the settings though). What I also love about it, is that when i get home i litterally pull it completely apart (in half!) and it becomes a USB stick to fit into the USB port of my laptop. Once my laptop recognises it (takes seconds) all of my recordings upload to laptop and then i just switch them over to itunes and load them on my ipod and presto! The only thing you would have to maintain is the battery which is a AAA battery i think.
    I know thats a mouthful, but uploading info to laptop and then to itunes takes seconds. It cost me around $80 at RadioShack here in NYC. I bought this maybe 2 years ago now, and I am sure they have upgraded models, or maybe the model i have is much cheaper.

    P.S: I know 80 smackers sounds like alot, but ive seen other people in my class with cheaper models and they have very little recording hours and they end up taping half of the lecture, think of it as an investment.


    Good luck on your selection
    ~M
    Last edit by shippoRN on Dec 30, '06
  11. by   lisabeth
    True, there may be some classes that will be more suitable for recording, and yes, making a CD from a lecture is a great way to keep certain essential information for listening to again.

    Quote from stpauligirl
    In nursing school it will all depend on what Kind of classes we are in, some will be more theoretical than others. Some will be more challenging than others. I agree we need advice on Good load management skills, LOL .
    I use the fast setting on my recorder ( Your hear everything in "chipmunk") and I slow down if I have too much to fill in or if something wasn't clear. ...and I also use the fast forward button, so I can "spot" listen if I think I didn't take good enough notes. There is no law against taping at my school, and since I am also a student with a disability I will be able to continue taping away ( I kind of have a Rx from my doctor to use one LOL
    I forgot to mention that I have an Olympus digital voice recorder and I am able to download stuff onto my computer and burn it onto discs.
  12. by   nursekatie22
    We weren't allowed to have recorders at my school because of "confidential information", but at my other school it wasn't a problem at all......go firgure
  13. by   dani_girl
    Ask your instructor before you do.. some of mine were really against it basically telling me "you should be paying attention" I guess they thought we would turn them on and leave or something.. but alot were really cool with it and even asked for a copy to hear, and if you buy a cheaper version ask if you can set it near the stage if it is a bigger class.
  14. by   love2barn
    This is a great tool. Before a test, I record myself reading over my notes and listen to them when I am working out. It is not as exciting as listening to music, but it gives me an extra hour or so a day to study.

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