« on: July 07, 2005, 09:40:58 PM »
Assuming my profs let me, what do you think about recording and lsitening?
Consensus thus far appears to be that recording lectures for later review is not value added. Not intending to debate here, but I'll take a somewhat contrary view. I've found them to be useful in certain situations.
Generally, I use recorded lectures as a backup to my original notes. That is to say, during the original class time, I'll do the best I can composing my notes during the original lecture, and more often than not, that will be enough. Even so, I record the lecture anyway. Then when I go back and review the material, if I find there are gaps in what I have understood, then I will do a de novo review of the affected lectures. Sometimes I even find myself completely rewriting my notes in the process. But it was quite rare when the additional review didn't resolve whatever concerns I had at the time. Again, I emphasize that I was not reviewing every lecture, but only a limited number of specific lectures.
A lot can be said about reviewing cases (and the casebook notes) also, and I agree with that. I use that in my review process as well. But I still like reviewing the lectures themselves because I find that more often than not, a lot of what is in the lectures are what winds up in the mid-term or in the final, or perhaps more accurately, the topics given the greatest emphasis in the lectures are what shows up in the exams. It gives me a roadmap as to where I should place the greatest emphasis in my study.
All the best,