This is really cool; to some, it might not seem likely that using a piece of software, in conjunction with another piece of software, Microsoft Word, and two pieces of hardware, a PC and a digital voice recorder could be used to rehab one’s cognition.
But, I did it it! (Oh, yeah, I used a usb cord and my computer’s usb port, too.)
A. A personal computer,
B. MS Word,
C. A digital recorder, synched with
D. The computer and MS Word,
E. By way of a USB port,
F. a USB cord and
G. Dragon NaturallySpeaking!.This can be downloaded, at: nuance.com, if you don’t buy it at a store. Although, the micro phone/headset will have to be purchased, separately.
Now, what I did was use the five above-mentioned things, together, as a graduate student; but, anyone can use the “system” for school settings, in social interactions or in business-contingent environments, as well.
1. First of all, I used the digital recorder to capture every second of each lecture of my graduate schooling.
2. For social interactions, your friends might, at first, think what you are doing is slightly bizarre, once you explain to them that you are doing something to restrengthen your memory, they will be cool with it and, eventually, will forget about the recorder, altogether.
3. For work-contingent interactions, definitely clear your use of the recorder in the workplace, before starting to use it there. This is due to the fact that, as the owner of a business, one’s ultimate boss of where one works might take massive issue with having you record what goes on.
4. For personal reading of most any book, magazine(s), etc.
When I began to use the system: Dragon Naturally Speaking!, Microsoft Word, the Sony digital recorder and the pc, (w/my usb cord and port) it seemed to be much like what I had done, previously, as an undergraduate student.
Due to what transpired to me and my GPA, as an undergrad student, I was not very confident. This was so; as, I had used a recorder to tape lectures, one semester, and experienced fairly decent success.
I took this rather gigantic tape recorder to class with me and taped lectures; then rewound the tape and listened to the re-cording(s), cherrypicking, useful bits of information, as I heard them, played back.
The tape recorder had a headset connected to it and allowed me to listen to and type pertinent notes from lectures …I remember not really getting the idea that anything was different; yet, on the first quiz I took, after I started using the tape recorder, I scored a B+!!!
This turn of events kinda enthused me; but, like a jackass, I never thought to use the recorder for any other class and, then , the recorder ceased to work…even -though it was a very arduous task to use it, though, when I used it, magically, I scored high B’s on quizzes.
I definitely remember having called the people, in Princeton, New Jersey, who supplied me the recorder, and being told that there was nothing I could do… that every disabled student received one “apparatus”, per school year.
Now, why I just didn’t shell out the cash to replace the recorder, myself, I will never know. I just didn’t do it and, suffice it to say, I just didn’t do any- where near as well in the course as I could have done. (Hee-Haw…)
In reality, I don’t think the continued use of the system I was using, as an undergraduate student, would, likely, have had any real, profound reparative effect on my memory deficit. It was a little too disjointed and the heft of the recorder made it labor-intensive to transport to and from class.
I really didn’t care that it made me look a ventriloquist, carrying around my dummy in a trunk because it was letting me succeed in content-area, non-writing intensive classes.
It might have been possible for me to have done quite well in writing-intensive classes, too, due to the lessened burden on my cognition; I just don’t know. I wasn’t taking any content-area writing intensive courses.