I have tried to improve my study habits by attempting to follow the advice on this thread: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=805379 I feel like I'm doing better taking written notes during the actual lecture because I pre-review each lecture and read any assigned journal articles before lecture. However, I need some help on listening to lecture recordings. I'm taking a class right now where the professor speaks very fast. I've been dutifully listening to each recording immediately after class, since it's been suggested that retention is better with immediate review after the lecture. My problem is that it takes me at least 4-6 hours (pause-play-pause-play...) just to get through a 50 minute lecture...I'm not sure if this is normal or not but it feels like I'm always behind on listening to lectures. Since the professor tends to go on long tangents, I feel the need to type out everything the professor is saying, just so I can understand what he is trying to emphasize. Then I have to go back and organize everything so that it makes sense to ME. I don't think this can work in the long run, since this is the only class I'm taking at the moment and I still feel overwhelmed. When I start taking a full course load in the summer/fall, how should I approach lecture recordings? Summer classes will be worse with 2+ hours of lecture per day. I can't even imagine what DO school might someday be like. I can't possibly write everything down on paper during the actual lecture (and I have learned I shouldn't try to), so how can I make my notes complete while not spending so much time copying down everything the professor says on the recording? The recordings seem to be important because the powerpoint slides are mostly pictures/graphs, and the professor doesn't follow along with the book originally suggested for the class.