Record anywhere at any time with an Audio Recorder. These small devices remain popular among a wide range of markets, even though many other portable devices now come with a recording device built-in. The microphones on devices such as smart phones, tablets and laptops are often poor quality and only aimed at capturing close range noises, failing to compete with a dictation device.
A three-year degree course at university in England costs an average of £22,200 a year. Spending this much on education, students want to make sure they get their money’s worth.
The average student is recommended to spend 15-20 hours per week revising. There are many tips and tricks to make revision and extra studying more beneficial. One example being recording classes and listening to the recording back.
A dictation device can enhance the studying experience. Students can engage with the class more and rewrite the lecture in their own words at a later point.
Students that record their lectures are at a greater advantage than those who take written notes. Non-linear note taking such as using a dictaphone and relistening to the lecture later can help students make connections between ideas and strengthen long-term retention of content.
Taking notes can cause students to miss crucial information. Which is why dictation devices are a popular ‘must-have’ for every student.
Not only are they a useful device to study from later, if a student knows they’re going to miss a lecture, but they can also easily lend their Dictaphone to one of their classmates and not miss out on the important information during the class.
Students wanting to take voice recorded notes in classes will do best with an omnidirectional recorder. These types of recorders are better suited to recording sounds from a range of directions, whereas unidirectional recorders are better suited to sounds from only one direction.
Tutorials are classes with an academic member of staff, often in small groups or individually. Sometimes these meetings are a part of the core teaching programme or other times they are an optional addition to the curriculum. Whether they are compulsory or an option, these sessions are filled with valuable information and are a chance to test and develop students’ understandings.
Students can ask questions in their tutorials about sections of the course they understand less, they can then refer to these notes during study sessions to gain a better understanding on any problem areas they have.
A dictaphone is a useful tool for any student, but is even more valuable when used effectively. Your customers will get much more value out of their device when doing the following:
Top lecturers don’t rely on their students to record their classes, they make sure they have a dictaphone on their desk. There are many benefits for this; recording lectures helps to improve future lectures as well as keeping track of what has already been taught and discussed. It also helps in the case of a student’s absence and can be a very valuable study tool for students to refer to pre-exams.
Choosing the best dictation device can be difficult, there are so many to choose from and each one boasts different features. There are several factors to consider when choosing the dictation device best for your customers:
Olympus is one of the leading brands in voice recording technology. A lot of their dictation devices are inexpensive with a fine performance. Some of their devices include exciting features, such as their Intelligent Auto Mode. This mode automatically adjusts the sensitivity of the microphone to the volume of their voice.
This mode is perfect for students who are taking notes in a lecture hall as their voice recording device will compensate for the space of the room.
Some audio recorders kits include Nuance speech to text software that can transcribe personal notes for you. Although voice recognition technology can not record meetings or lectures, it is perfect for dictating your reports or use for revision.
With as little as 10 minutes training the computer in how you talk, you will be up and running. The more you use it, the more the software learns. In no time at all you could be achieving up to 99% accuracy. *Note, Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking software is Windows PC only.
Yes, as long as you have your lecturer’s permission. Few lecturers mind you recording their classes, in most cases, they encourage it.
A lot of dictaphones are compatible with both Mac and PC. Double check that the dictation device is compatible with your computer before making your decision.
Depending on what you want to get out of your dictation device, you may look for different qualities. The main four things to look for include:
Olympus is a leading well-known brand for dictation devices. The LS P1 and LS-P4 are two popular models among university students. Both devices feature an integrated direct USB stick for convenient storage and transfer of files, along with the zoom microphone for precise sound pick up.
For more information on our full range of Olympus recording devices, please contact our Olympus Brand Manager Chris Newark on 01379 647541 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.