Best recorder for college?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by intervenient, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. intervenient macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010
    Is there any program that is regarded as significantly better than any others?
  2. intervenient thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010
    47 people have looked, and no one bothered to recommend anything?
  3. rwhhwl macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2010
    Best Recorder for College

    If you have a macbook, the microphone quality isn't bad (for macbook pros, not macbooks), and just use Microsoft Word in notebook mode to hit record while lecture begins. This is if you are TYPING the notes.

    For me, that option was not possible in my science classes due to the heavy amount of drawing diagrams, and molecules. In those scenarios, I bought this livescribe pen ($200), which was not that worth it. The quality of the recordings were pretty up there (better than iRecord or something like that which attaches to an ipod, tried that, not a good option).

    Only one class out of all of mine was useful for it: this literature class that required SPECIFIC regurgitation on tests that referenced her disorganized lectures and bizarre diagrams (but outlines gave away her emphases). Again, highly unusual class that made my life easier with recording it.

    So in the end, the reality is this. Unless you are a literature or humanities major, recording lectures are generally a waste of time. Also, professors generally give handouts and podcasts, which makes recorders kind of useless.

    You need to specify class type, and how you take notes to have someone respond with information that is actually relevant.

    If you are just looking for a mere recorder, where you have to manually import/export files, and that is compatible with a mac, you can either go with your current macbook (assuming you have one) or a third party recorder like the ones SONY sells. Granted, of course, these recorders are all limited by how far you sit in lecture, whether you will actually return and listen to the lectures, etc.

    Just my opinion.
  4. sparkles61785 macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2009
    New York
  5. macswitcha2 macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008
    I will not recommend recording lectures. For one, you might slack on paying attention in class thinking that you can listen better later. However, truth be told you may never get time to listen to the recorded lecture. Secondly, it takes time to listen to a recorded lecture. Why double the work when you can listen in class and take good notes?
  6. Simm0nS777 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2010
    Northeast Ohio
    to re-go over something you arent 100% certain on???
  7. intervenient thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010

    No slacking here. I can't guarantee it but I'm hoping it doesn't happen. I intend to put my phone closest to the lecturer, and then type away as normal. My schedule is extremely lax, and with a little editing I can probably get my lectures into shorter than podcast length.

    As for the above poster who referenced diagrams, all my classes this quarter are liberal arts based, and from what I've heard from former classmates, only one teacher does diagrams of any sort.
  8. AppUniverse macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I'm curious, couldn't you just use the built in Voice Memos app? Or does it have some limitations?
  9. macswitcha2 macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008
    Then you raise your hand in class as ask the prof to clarify. IMO, why double the work?

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