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Date Published: 25th July 2020
GO THROUGH THE ONLINE LECTURES FASTER!
Prepared by : Anand Sarbabidya
Most of us are accustomed to last hour preparation usually an hour or two before the exam. Due to this corona pandemic, our only access to education is through online lectures. No wonder how last hour skimming through the recorded lectures could be a hassle as they are lengthy and time consuming.
So, here are two faster techniques for revision to ensure that you guys can go through the lectures at a faster pace. These are basically not techniques, rather cheat codes. But pretty useful ones!
It is quite obvious that the entire lecture videos will not include educational information only. For example, one of my class lectures had up to 10 – 15 minutes of discussion based on accessing those videos, submitting your work and so on. These are unimportant for exam preparation. Also, some lectures are delayed due to noise issues or are paused due to power failures or abrupt noises. For instance, during one of my class lectures, we heard chickens clucking from a distance. It was probably some poor fellow who forgot to mute his audio after a question. So yeah, there was a pause and a short break, something we do need to entertain us between our lectures sometimes. However, when we are revising and have short period of time, we really don’t want to waste it on some annoying events. So, here goes no. 1.
1. Fast Forward
I know! I know! Pretty basic! You guys had probably thought of this before I did, because you all are smart kids. You can fast forward the unnecessary part, for instance a joke shared by your teacher, which kills time during revisions. Yeah, we don't really need it at that time.
2. Playback Speed
Yes! This is a very useful one indeed. Sometimes the teachers might go real slow in order to give everyone the adequate time to catch up as every individual has a different pace of grabbing things. Some students might not need a slow and detailed explanation. So why the pain? Most online uploaded video lessons have a playback speed option with them using which you can increase or decrease the speed of the lecture based on how fast you can take in info. You can also slow the lecture down in case you’re confused at a specific part of your lecture. Woah! That’s a pretty handy option I would say. Here is a way you can access the playback speed option.
1. Go to settings option
2. Select Playback Speed
3. Select your desired speed
Sometimes, however, you may not have this option available on your screen so what you can do is download the app VLC player if you’re on desktop or on android. For IOS, you can use SpeedPro.
3. Take Lecture Notes
There is undoubtedly no alternative to this one! You can take lectures before, during and after your online lessons. It’s a primitive approach, yet so effective! It saves you the time from going through the lengthy videos. Moreover, if you don’t have electricity or an unstable internet connection before your exams and you are very good at taking notes, you still have an upper hand. Taking proper notes is a skill. It makes you more organized and brings confidence and self-dependence. Jotting down key points would mean you have already skimmed through the contents that just needs one final revision.
Nowadays, writing notes over paper can be addressed as a much effective way of taking notes as it helps remembering it better. However, as we are becoming more updated and digitalized, you could adapt more interesting and efficient ways of noting things down on your desktop or your phone. You can also add links, pictures, graphs, animations, doodle and much more when you’re taking notes this way. One useful way of taking notes on desktop would be OneNote. For IOS and Android, that would be Apple Notes and Evernote respectively.