Transcription on a Laptop is NOT Note Taking (and is detrimental to your grades)

There is an interesting article on the association of psychological science (aps) website on the lack of value of value in trying to transcribe a lecture. The articles cites a study showing that laptops as a means of note taking affects academic achievement for the worse. Students with laptops tend to try and attempt transcription of the lecture (as opposed to students that use longhand) for notes. The act of transcribing a lecture actually hurt their comprehension, and their academic performance is adversely affected.

This is exactly the issue that LectureMonkey was created to solve. Let LectureMonkey “transcribe” the lecture for you. Once you understand that the technology is going to do a better job of capturing a verbatim recording of the lecture content – there is no reason to try and transcribe the lecture and you can concentrate on learning and summarizing the important points using bookmarks and short twitter-like comments. This will actually help you get better grades. If your classmates join in as well – you’ll all have more fun, have a richer learning experience and all of you will get better grades.


About Jacob Ukelson

blog (mostly) about my work and technology. So far I have been lucky enough to have been working on things I consider fun and with really top notch people. I have worked in both large companies (IBM) and small companies (ActionBase, ConicIT, Dapper, eXeedTechnologies). eXeed was establish to remedy a failure of the VC model in Israel – most VCs were monetary investors, but most companies needed not just money – they needed operational and business guidance. That is what we provide at eXeed – not just an investment but also our time and skills as seasoned software executives. I have taken on various titles – CTO, VP Products, VP BizDev – but throughout my career a constant focus has been on technologymarket fit, aka customer development. Unique breakthrough technology is a start, but the product must solve real business problems. It needs to be something customers can understand, relate to and will want to buy. I have been doing this for 20 years for software products in companies both large and small.
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1 Response to Transcription on a Laptop is NOT Note Taking (and is detrimental to your grades)

  1. Pingback: Lectures over the Transom | LectureMonkey

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