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), that is, 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!
A. A personal computer,
B. Microsoft Word,
C. A digital recorder that can be
integrated with the com-
puter and MS Word, by way
of a USB cord/port,
D. A USB cord and Dragon
NaturallySpeaking!. This can
be downloaded at: www.nuance.com,
if you don’t buy it at a store.
Although, the microphone
/headset will have to be
Now, what I did was use the
five abovementioned things,
together, as a graduate stud-
ent; but, anyone can use the
“system” for school settings,
in social interactions or in
the workplace, as well.
1. First of all, I used the digital
recorder to tape every second of
every lecture of my grad school.
2. For social interactions, even
though your friends might, at
first, think what you are doing
is slightly bizarre, once you ex-
plain to them that you are doing
something to re-strengthen
your memory, they will be cool
with it and, eventually, they
will forget about the recorder,
3. For work-contingent inter-
actions, 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
boss might take massive issue
with being recorded.
4. For personal reading of most any
book, magazine(s), et. cetera.
When I began to use the system:
Dragon NaturallySpeaking!, Micro-
soft Word, the Sony digital recorder
and pc, it seemed to be much like
what I had done, previously, as an
undergrad student. Due to what
transpired to me and my GPA, as an
undergrad student, I was not very
confident. This was due to the fact
that I had used a recorder to tape
lectures, one semester, and exper-
ienced fairly decent success.
I took this rather gigantic tape
recorder to class with me and taped
lectures; then, after class, I rewound
the tape and listened to the
recording(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…
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 anywhere 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 lessoned burden on my cognition; I just don’t know. I wasn’t taking any content-area writing intensive courses.
The amazing potential that I see is for the memory-compromised individual who has no thought of ever necessarily going back to school or work.
My life has become increasingly better and easier, since my memory deficit has been caused to wane.