You’ve been there before, listening to your professor while also jotting down notes as they lecture and then suddenly —”What?” “What’s that term again?” you ask your classmate. They answered you, but now you just missed another important note because of that convo! Or perhaps it’s your first time studying abroad. With the new language or accent, you might find it hard to catch up with everything at the start.
In such cases, you need to have a strategic way to maximize your lecture notes. Aside from note-taking, you may have already considered recording your lectures with your laptop, phone, or recorder. But is it really worth it? Here are some of the important pros and cons of recording your lectures that you should be aware of:
You get every inch of details.
Sometimes lectures can be extremely interesting that you don’t want to miss any detail that your professor explains. By recording your class lectures, you can always go back to your lessons anytime. Or transcribe it at a later time so you can have a reviewer to use for your exams!
You get to digest complex details.
If you’ve ever attended a lecture in Law or Architecture, then you’ll know how hard it is to understand such complex details. Might be even harder to catch up if your prof talks fast leaving you no time to note what they’re saying. On such occasions, having a recorded file will be helpful as it allows you to have another time to listen and get the ideas you may have missed.
You’re present in the lecture, even if you’re not in the class!
So you can’t go to school because you’re sick? Aside from checking on their notes, you can always ask your mates to record your class lectures so you can still catch up with your lessons once you feel well.
It takes time to re-listen to long lectures.
Class lectures, usually, don’t just jump straight into the core lessons. Of course, your professor may use stories, punchlines, or other intros to make the class more interactive. Thus, if you have two to three-hour recorded lecture, it will take time to get all the main points than just scanning through the bullets in your written notes.
You might fall into a false sense of comfort.
Just because you have a phone, laptop or a recorder at hand doesn’t mean you can already scroll through your feeds, chat with a friend, or do your assignment for the next class! Beware, listening and paying your full attention to your professor is still more effective than having tons of audio clips.
There’s always a risk of technical difficulties.
Recorders, like any digital devices, have a chance to not work properly. What if your battery runs out? What if you did not get a clear record from the lecture or the volume is poor? What if your gadget suddenly stops in the middle of an important part?
Getting the most out of your class discussions still vary based on your learning style. Another thing you can do is to record your class lectures while also jotting down notes! In fact, the more senses you use the better you will learn a certain concept.
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