Study Tips | A Nursing Student with Dyslexia on the 4 Ways She Uses Sonocent
Hannah Sloman is studying for a Nursing degree at the University of Chester. She has dyslexia which affects her ability to take written notes and compose essays. But with Sonocent software she can overcome many of the issues she struggles with by working with editable audio recordings and other media in one interactive workspace.
“I wanted an easy way to take recordings of lectures and instruction from my mentor on placements. But I am too busy to spend hours going through recordings trying to find the important bits - so it was important that the software allowed me to mark them up as I listened.”
Here Hannah describes the 4 ways she uses Sonocent. We’ve included short ‘how to’ videos with more information about how to perform each strategy.
“I predominantly use [Sonocent] for taking notes in lectures as well as annotating them. I load the slides up beforehand and mark down the important parts that I know I will want to listen back to in the lecture. I also write short notes alongside my recording as I listen.”
At the end of each day, I look over anything that I found important. It’s just really easy to seek the information out rather than having to listen back to the whole recording.”
“When I’m on placement, I use [Sonocent] in two different ways.
If I want to reflect on anything after the end of a shift, I use the Sonocent Recorder app to capture those thoughts. I also use the app if my mentor says anything important as my memory is not very good. So I’ll ask them to say it into the app and I’ll export it into Sonocent Audio Notetaker on my desktop later on.”
“For essay writing, I use [Sonocent] a lot for referencing, because I forget what information I got from which book. So, I’ll take a picture of the book and record myself saying ‘in this book I found out about this subject’, and when I look back I have the front cover and the inside page for the publishing date. We use APA Referencing in nursing and it can be quite complex, so I’ve found this method really helps.”
“For revision, I use [Sonocent] mainly for looking back on lectures. For example, I knew last year that there would be an exam on ethics, so I went back to the lectures that were on that subject or anything related to them, listened through and highlighted anything that would be on the exam. Then, I transferred that information to flashcards or to a mind map.”
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