I found a great article on preparing for the transition from high-school to college on hercampus.com. One of the points focused on adjusting to a different use of time spent in the classroom.
The first point is about thinking ahead. LectureMonkey is all about thinking ahead, a few minutes of setup in class will save you hours down the road. LectureMonkey is so easy to use you should just record all your classes – no reason to pick and choose which class to record. If you can’t set up LectureMonkey in sight of the presentation – use manual (and pick up to capture a new slide whenever it changes) or audio-only mode and bookmark slide transitions. No matter what you do it will help you get better grades.
In college most professors rely on a lecture to convey what they think is important, regardless of class size. That means that note note taking is critical. High quality notes become your go-to source when it comes to prepping for future classes, exams, projects and presentations later in the semester.
The problem with most notes is that they aren’t complete – but you don’t know that until it is too late (e.g. when you start reviewing for an exam). LectureMonkey solves that by completely documenting your lecture, making sure you have everything needed before the exam.
Also, with LectureMonkey you focus on listening, since you know LectureMonkey will capture everything said, written and presented. So instead of trying to transcribe the lecture and capture the gist of the board and presentation, focus your listening beyond the “what” and “how” of the lecture to the “when” and “why” of what the professor is saying. Understand the the thought process behind the results being presented – not just the result, and bookmark the important milestones in that process for later review.
Moving from high-school to college is hard, but LectureMonkey can help smooth the way and make sure that you ace your courses. We suggest using LectureMonkey during high-school as well – not only can it help before exams, it will also enable you to become familiar with the tool that can make the difference between success and failure in college.