Actually recording a lecture can help with the review and learning. Knowing that there is an audio backup available, can allow the student to concentrate on the lecture and the concepts and fnoormulas being presented. By focusing on making sure the formulas are recorded on the note-taking device, the recording can be used to further review the material.
There are several different types of recording devices, a straight forward portable digital voice recorder and a device keyed to the notes (LiveScribe).
Portable Digital Voice Recorder
Look for the following features: ease of operation, ability to transfer to a computer, an index or bookmark feature, folders, fairly long battery life and memory enough to hold at least eight hours of recording.
In the past, I’ve use the Olympus WS-310 recorder (built-in USB connection, one AAA battery, able to operate single handed…). That model may not be still available, but look for similar features in whatever device you look for.
The LiveScribe is a digital recorder but also allows you to key the recording to your written notes. It does require special paper (which can be printed on your own printer), but has the flexibility of indexing and rechargeable.
Rather than having to scan through the recording to locate the instructor talking about the specific problem, you can tap the LiveScribe on the note and it will automatically begin playback at that point.
Using the recorder(s) does mean that the student needs one additional skill – we’ll save that for Part 3a