Every one of us has faced it. While sitting in a classroom, we find ourselves stuck somewhere in the middle of taking notes and simultaneously trying to understand the point of view of the professor. It becomes more difficult for the students who are not fluent enough in English to catch everything at once.
If you are concerned about your college lectures and want to get the best out of it- there are recording devices for lectures available in the market. You can buy one from any online or offline place and start writing your notes after your class.
However, there are some pros of this kind of study method.
- No Distractions: Every time you start writing during a class lecture on your laptop, you end up on some social media site or start reading some article about some celebrity. Well, this is obviously irrelevant to what you are learning in the class. Turning off your laptop helps your head to stay focused on the board, on what the professor is trying to convey.
- Focus on the facts rather than the number of bullet points: The pressure of getting down as much of what the professor is saying kills your focus. You do not pay attention to the details and that costs you at the end of the session. When it comes to revising everything before the exams, those notes do not really help you much because most of the facts are scattered not just in your notes, but also in your head. Not writing during classes helps you to focus on the facts, which creates a strong image of the topic in your brain.
- Some lectures are worth recording: Once in a while, you come across some brilliant teachers during your academic career who become real Gurus in your educational life. These teachers explain everything so brilliantly that their lectures worth recording. In these cases, recording class lectures would be the brightest idea. Not only will it allow you to get some useful study material for the final exams, but also to keep all the great examples handy every time.
- Get a comfortable classroom environment: There are chances that you stop focusing on what the professor is saying because you are writing everything. You might start thinking that you don’t have to pay attention in class as notes are going to be there to help you. This sense of ease proves to be harmful in a long run. Recording is the way of storing that particular class forever, which is great. Right????
However, many schools and colleges follow strict policies regarding recording a lecture. Hence, it is always beneficial to receive permission from the faculty and classmates before pressing that button. But there is one thing I can assure you about that recording lectures will improve your learning abilities. As you will get your alternate lecture hall ready, you can anytime rewind it and listen to the part you missed.
So, go for it. However, consulting your professor would be the best idea to come up with the appropriate decision.