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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Making Notes A Matter Of Record

Most blind persons--and many dyslexic students as well--rely heavily on audio recording for capturing lecture information. Many will record the entire lecture, while others will quietly whisper notes of the kind they might write with pen or pencil if they were sighted.

In my experience as a rehabilitation counselor--and also as a "taker of notes," I have found that note taking has major advantages over recording the entire event. In most cases, taking notes makes the note taker an active participant, rather than merely an equipment attendant. This is because one's mind must be "turned on" along with the recorder.

Note taking enables the user of such notes to distill the information conveyed during meetings or lectures down to essential points that should be understood and/or retained for future reference. At review time, you will find that a digital recorder can hold the notes of many lectures. This makes the process of reviewing for an examination much more efficient than listening to a series of class repeats.

To take audio notes need not be disturbing to others. You can moderate your voice and speak just above a whisper as you enter your notes using the external microphone that is connected to the digital recorder. Wise use of track separation also allows you to mark notes of special significance.

As a rehabilitation counselor, I often worked with students on their study skills. Many simply never realized--or just chose to ignore--"note taking" in favor of full recording. I found that students who had tried both approaches eventually reported that they had come to prefer note taking. They noted that their grades had improved using this method--and they credited it for the increased efficiency they had gained when reviewing for tests.

Contributor: Fred Gissoni

The Wilson is a state-of-the art digital voice recorder that is simple to use and inexpensive. Makes a great gift! Record up to eight hours of voice messages and download to your computer via the included USB cable.

  • Stores multiple messages
  • Easily add or delete messages
  • Clips to your belt, visor, or purse
  • LP/SP switch for "Long Play" or "Standard Play" (shorter recording time, better sound quality)
Use to Record:
  • Phone numbers
  • Addresses
  • Shopping List
  • Reminders
  • To-do lists
  • Notes
  • Appointments
  • Messages
  • Lectures
  • Directions
  • Audio instructions
  • And much more!

Measures 2 x 3 x 0.5 inches.

Note: Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included).

Note: The Wilson digital recorder is not related to the Wilson Reading System product and is not available on quota.

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