[Study Strategy] Analysing Texts using Audiobooks with Sonocent
Many Humanities and Arts students face a reading list longer than their arm (or at least it feels like it hauling the heaviest tomes — like the dreaded Ulysses — back from the library).
However, for some, reading texts isn’t their strongest skill. In fact, as auditory learners they may find listening to audiobooks a more effective way to identify and capture detail.
With Sonocent Audio Notetaker, students can listen to audio versions of texts and record their notes just as they would in a lecture or seminar.
Here are some simple suggestions for using Sonocent to study with audiobooks:
1. Capture straight from your audiobook
Open the audiobook on your laptop or campus computer then create a new project by choosing ‘Recording from speakers only’ from the Audio Notetaker Home Tab. Press record on your project then hit play on the audiobook; the audio will then be visualised in Sonocent’s familiar chunks in the audio pane.
2. Take note of your own ideas
Using the ‘Audio Linking’ feature, you can make short notes in the Text Pane and tag them to specific audio as you type.So, if you have a brainwave for an essay or exam question, you can link your thoughts directly with a quote from your audiobook.
It makes it easier to flesh out your point when you return later to the audio that inspired your idea. You can also create visual prompts in the Image Pane, perhaps with photographs of primary sources or slides used in a lecture .
3. Highlight quotes and themes with a custom Colour Key
Create a custom Colour Key using the ‘Edit Colour Key’ function. Here’s your chance to ask yourself how you want to drill down into a text. Will you highlight course themes? Identify quotes or key sources for your essay? Or give yourself a prompt to return to difficult sections?
4. Group themes together
When it comes to writing that dreaded essay or revising for an exam, it’s easy to pull together all the relevant quotes that you need for easy reference. Just click ‘Extract > Extract audio’ and choose the colour code for the quotes or details that you need. All the highlighted audio will then be copied into a separate project.
If you want a written record, you can then order a reliable transcription from within the software using Words to Note - and receive it just 24 hours later.
Just a heads up, make sure that your recording is just for your own use. The copyright of the audiobook doesn’t belong to you, so don’t share your Audio Notetaker project with others.
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