Study Tips | How to Remember More of What You Hear in Educational Podcasts
We’re living in something of a golden age for educational podcasts.
Thanks to the efforts of academics, publishers and amateur enthusiasts, you can now become an authority on everything from the American Civil War to particle physics, without leaving the house.
There’s only one problem: research shows that unless you interact with new information as you listen, you will forget it almost as soon as the end credits roll… all that fresh knowledge lost in the ether.
“Research has found that, for learning to be effective, students need to be doing things with the material they are engaging with (reading, writing, discussing, solving problems).”
What’s the best, most effective way to take notes?
Happily, Sonocent helps you remember more of what you hear in educational podcasts by transforming listening into an active process that’s great for learning. Here’s how it works, in 5 simple steps.
1. Create a new Colour Key
Passively listening to a podcast won’t make the information stick.
So, when you listen, you will want to use Sonocent to mark up the key moments of audio in colour. This is a distraction-free way to add meaning to your recordings, in the moment.
To create your Custom Colour Key, open Sonocent Audio Notetaker on your desktop, select Recording from speakers only, click EDIT COLOUR KEY on the sidebar and then click add.
2. Record your podcast
Capturing streaming audio with Sonocent Audio Notetaker is simple.
Click the down arrow below the Record button to make sure you have selected Recording from speakers only. Then hit the Record button once your podcast starts to play.
3. Colour highlight your audio
Sonocent Audio Notetaker displays each phrase of speech as a coloured chunk, with spaces in between for the pauses. This makes it super easy to highlight audio as you listen and return to the key moments later.
Whenever you hear something that corresponds to your new Colour Key, highlight that audio chunk by either:
- Clicking on the colour with your cursor, or
- Hitting the number key for that colour (these numbers are written alongside the colours)
Think of this as the audio equivalent of marking up key phrases from a textbook with a highlighter pen.
4. Add structure to your recording
To add more meaning to your podcast audio, break the audio down into sections every time the speaker moves on to a new topic.
To insert a section, click the Section button on the toolbar or hit the Enter key (with your cursor in the Audio Pane).
If you like, you can type a bit of text alongside each section of audio, such as a short summary of the content or a thought that struck you at the time.
5. Type text summaries
Try to revisit the recording of your podcast within 24 hours. Research shows that this is crucial if you’re to commit new information to your long-term memory.
Listen again to the audio that you highlighted and type summaries in the Text Pane. You can highlight this text with your Colour Key too. Later, you can use the Extract tool to create new files for revision and assignments featuring only highlighted audio and text.
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