There is a great deal of pressure placed on graduate students, who are often members of the working world, in addition to taking seats in highly focused classrooms. Trying to keep up with the demands of work and education can be a lot to bear, especially when enrolled to particularly rigorous courses.
Audio transcription is certainly something that should be considered by students finding themselves in these situations. The concept of recording class lectures is nothing new. Students have been setting up audio recorders in classrooms for as long as they have been in existence. However taking the time to play back those recordings and taking notes from them means that the student is essentially sitting through the class twice.
Rather than tying up so much time on the playback and note taking process, it can be beneficial to upload the course lecture and to send it off for digital transcription. The professionals can perform very quick turnaround on jobs like this, producing a searchable document that can be highlighted and otherwise altered as the student studies for exams and other such purposes. These documents can be properly filed on a computer, as well as in hard copy, so the student can reference them throughout the course of the semester, referring back to particular statements made by the professor or guest speakers, as needed. These services are also useful for translating related podcasts, research-related interviews, and group discussions. With proper transcription, it is possible to keep for detailed and organized records of the course, from start to finish.
If you are a graduate student looking for someone to transcribe your audio recording, be sure that you are seeking a respectable, trustworthy source. You should be provided a timeline for project turnaround, as well as a reasonable quote of cost, so you know exactly what to expect. With this done, and a professional transcriptionist hired, you can return to the other pressing responsibilities in your life.