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The Digital Student: Audio Notetaker

"Audio Notetaker has been a life saver. It gives one the opportunity to be independent. I no longer have to reduce my self-worth based on something I have no control over."

Student with ADHD MacEwan University, Canada Sonocent website

Creating audio notes

Taking notes is an important part of studying in higher education. However, it can be difficult to capture both information that is being spoken alongside your thoughts and reflections on it. Audio notetaking focuses on audio recording lectures so you don't miss anything out. It then allows you to annotate in the moment, ensuring your can focus on listening and capturing key ideas. When you use software to facilitate this, it can later help you engage with the lecture recording and your notes. It helps you draw connections between the lecture and your own notes. Used actively, it is a great way to facilitate learning.

This page focuses on the software available from Sonocent which you can access as a University of Hull student. Sonocent Audio Notetaker is a Windows or macOS program and it has a companion app called Sonocent Link. You can load Link files into Audio Notetaker and vice versa, so it’s useful for reviewing even if you don’t use a laptop in lectures.

Sonocent Audio Notetaker (program)

Audio Notetaker is a powerful Windows and macOS software package. It turns audio into visual blocks which you can then add notes to. Your notes can be structured using coloured highlighting, and combined with images and text notes.

Students at the University of Hull can use Audio Notetaker. Email to request a licence.

Sonocent Link (app)

About Sonocent Link

Sonocent Link is the fully-featured companion app for the Sonocent Audio Notetaker software. The App enables users to create high-quality audio recordings, mark up the interesting audio with colour highlighting and add text notes, photographs and scribbled notes alongside the audio. Once a recording is complete it can be saved on the mobile device and imported to Sonocent Audio Notetaker on PC or Mac for further review.

How does it work?

You can record on any smartphone or tablet. Chunks of speech are automatically recognised and you can add your own notes, tag different sections, or split different sections up, all during the recording.

Once you have made a recording you can review and edit it any time you like or save it to box and then open it in Audio Notetaker, which is available on every open access PC on campus.

How can you get it?

The app is available to download on either iOS or Android. You just need to enter your University of Hull email address to acquire an access code from this portal. When you start the app, enter your email address and the code you are sent and you will be ready to start recording your lectures.

How will it help you?

How does Sonocent make it easier for students to take better notes? from Sonocent on Vimeo.


Help with Sonocent Audio Notetaker and Link

If you have any questions about Sonocent Link, you can contact the learning support team via the MyHull Portal. Simply 'ask a question' to student services (see help video for MyHull). For help with Sonocent Audio Notetaker, see the videos below: