One of the biggest hurdles international students who choose to study in the US have to overcome is the language barrier. Even those that have did well on the TOEFL exam can still struggle when confronting the language in an academic setting.
This is especially true in the classroom where international students must listen to what their professor and fellow students are saying, absorb and retain the most relevant information, and take accurate notes. Things are often further compounded by regional accents and colloquialisms that international students may not be familiar with.
Fortunately, there is a tool that these students can utilize in order to ensure they are getting the most out of their educational experience: lecture transcription.
If you’re an international student struggling with the material in some of your courses, check out these 3 major benefits of lecture transcription.
1. Go At Your Own Pace
If English is not your native language, you might have trouble understanding your professors in class. Even international students who have a pretty good grasp of the English language cannot always keep up with native speakers who tend to speak fast and use regional slang.
Looking at transcribed notes from your classes gives you the opportunity to take your time understanding the material. Now you can follow along at your own pace, spending extra time whenever necessary.
This can reduce the anxiety you might feel when it comes to classes that you’re struggling with, and of course it can also lead to better grades while allowing you to continue to improve your English skills.
Pro tip: If you’re still having trouble understanding certain material even after going over the transcription multiple times, you can always visit with your professor one-on-one during their office hours.
2. Supplement Your Notes
Maybe you’re comfortable enough with the English language that you can follow along in class just fine. But even if you understand the class and take your own notes, you can always benefit from having the entire lecture on paper.
After all, what if during a class discussion a student says something that you don’t quite understand and you pause to puzzle it out. Another student interjects their opinion and before you know it the conversation has moved on entirely and you’re still stuck on that first student’s statement.
Or, maybe you simply misunderstood something that was said and wrote down an incorrect fact.
By recording and transcribing the lecture, you never have to worry about having incomplete or inaccurate notes: anything you may have missed or misunderstood will be there.
3. Never Miss A Word, Even When You Miss Class
Whether you’re sick or you have to travel back to your home country for a few days, you might have to miss some classes during the school year.
When you rely on only yourself to take notes, missing just a class or two can put you behind. But when you have lecture transcription services available to you, you won’t feel like you’re missing out.
You might be able to make arrangements to take tests or turn in homework late when you’ve been absent, but this won’t guarantee you’ll understand the material. When you have access to the lecture, though, you’ll feel like you never even missed class.
In this way, recording college lectures and having them transcribed can prevent you from falling behind in college.
How ULS Can Help
At ULS, we offer professional lecture transcription services in 200+ languages and dialects, ensuring that no matter where in the world you’re studying, you never miss a word again!