Taping lectures is it a good thing?

  1. I have been taping my lectures. They are 3hr classes. I do listen to the tapes but spend 6-8 hrs typing out the taped lecture. I find I am typing every word the instructor is saying and not retaining. I am starting to find out that the time I have spent on re-writing or typing the tape I could have spent going over NCLEX books or reading the text.

    Any suggestions out there. I am in my second year and a B student but find I am slowing losing my B grade because of the way I study. I only have one test left and the final. I graduate May 2006.

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  3. by   pskrn
    I did the same thing when I was in LPN school. I found that it helped me tremendously. but I didn't type word for word. I did it in a outline form and simplified it. That way when I went to study. Just the act of the repetition helped me remember what I needed. There were also time when I would listen to the tapes and not even remember the instructor talking about a subject. That's when I was really glad that I taped. Yet it is very time consuming so I didn't do it for all my classes. I did it for the ones that were harder for me, like my med/sug classes and mother/baby classes.
    Hope this helped.
  4. by   Thunderwolf
    i tried the taping bit for a short period of time. abandoned it. time is tooooo precious. and, what is the purpose of your notes....to study and do well in your class or to make a neat folder to walk out with? i gave up this practice. during my undergrad and grad school, i used a steno pad for each class. by focusing on the lecture as i was listening to it helped me retain material better. at the end of each day, i went back to each class steno pad and highlighted the important material from the lectures that day....sort of like a mini review...while the info was fresh. then when it came time to study for a test, i focused on the highlighted material. the stenos are small, compact and easy to study from. the format i used to write in them were outline form. i did ok. came out of grad school (x2) with a gpa of 3.97...not bad, so i guess it worked...at least for me. but, time is a precious thing. devote more of your time to the material, not the package. you'll exhaust yourself if you don't.


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  5. by   Jessy_RN
    i don't find recording lectures of any help for me. i just take good notes, and whem i go home and type them i simplify them into my own words.
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  6. by   Peachy720
    I agree with Jess, as usual.

    I had a couple of classes where the professor pretty much told us we had to record her class if we wanted "A's." So I went and bought one, and used it for a couple of weeks. I found it to be a waste of time. It took so long when I got home to listen to it, and keep stopping so I could write things down, that I had no time to read my notes I had gathered from previous students. So I stopped recording and began reading two sets of notes a night. I still go an A, so it's definitely NOT a necessity.

    The only time I see it being really helpful is if you have a long commute.

  7. by   suebird3
    depends. for lpn classes, lecture was in outline form. one or two of the rn classes i took, same way. i would just try to read ahead as much as possible.

    patho? different story. taped that class.


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