Keeping up with study, maintaining good grades, and attending lectures can be exhausting and stressful to balance. It's easy for students to fall into the vices of disorganisation and procrastination when the balance is broken. But there are means to avoid this.

 

What if there was an effective, efficient, and fast method of making lecture notes, without furiously tracking every sentence spoken by the lecturer? What if you could make structured weekly notes which covers everything in the lecture? Thanks to a few accessibility services, it’s now easier than ever to stay on top of your studies with minimal effort.

 

Captions, transcripts, and now live note taking support services, are the perfect gateway to easy, affordable, and useful tools to maximise your academic success. Here, we’ll introduce you to what captioning, transcription, and live note-taking services are and how they can help you.

What are captions?

Captions are an accessibility feature that makes audio content accessible to Deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences. Captions appear as text at the bottom of your video. This text includes all of the speech, narration and sounds in the original audio. Typically, the captions are produced by voice-recognition software which requires spoken text to be repeated onto a computer, creating the text. This text is then displayed over the video content and appears in sync with the audio track.

 

For students, captions have the benefit of:

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  • Making lessons accessible to Deaf or hard-of-hearing students
  • Preventing missing any major points
  • Increasing potential of retaining content via reading 
  • Keeping the attention of students
  • Providing the ability to understand the lesson regardless of sound quality or language barriers
  • Assisting students with complicated vocabulary
  • Helping students with English as an additional language

 

More info here

 

What are transcripts? 

Transcripts convert audio into text for easy consumption. Transcripts are like captions, as they translate the spoken word into text, but rather than appearing over a video, transcripts are simply text documents. 

Many universities and schools provide transcription services to ensure Deaf and hard-of-hearing students can read what was said during lectures, classes, and tutorials.

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The many benefits of transcripts include:

 

  • Providing a written record of classes
  • Quick delivery within hours
  • Reliable accuracy and clarity
  • Good reference source for essays/assessments
  • Ability to track what the teacher has or has not covered
  • Reinforcing learning by being used as study notes

 More info here.

 

What is live note taking?

Imagine paying someone to listen in and take quality notes for you, leaving more time to truly listen and absorb information. Here at Ai-Media, our live note-taking services achieve just that. Allowing students who may be Deaf, blind, or have ASD or ADHD to keep up with content and gather quality notes.

 

Live note taking works by having a remote notetaker listen to the audio from a lecture, tutorial, meeting, or conference and provide accurate and clear written summaries of what is discussed in real time.

 

Other great advantages include:

 

  • Alleviating stress during lectures
  • Is recorded live from a remote location
  • Don’t need to be physically present at lecture
  • Assists those with a range of disabilities
  • Notes are available as soon as the recording is over
  • Provides a very solid base for studying and assignments

 

 More info here.

 

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