Megan is a second-year Creative and Professional Writing student at the University of Winchester. She sat down with the team to discuss how Jamworks helped with her mental health as she adapted to the return of face-to-face lectures.

Like many students, Megan spent her first year of university life studying online.

“I found online learning extremely difficult due to my mental health conditions. I have a poor attention span and learn through engagement, as opposed to listening to lengthy recordings with zero interaction.”

She did her best to cope with remote learning but struggled when it came to taking in the information, writing up all her notes and completing assignments.

“I found myself zoning out frequently, meaning I was unable to retain the valuable information and ended up feeling very mentally drained. I had little-to-no notes or useful information to reference in my assignments.”

“It was helpful that the lectures were recorded. However, I did not have the time to re-listen to three-hour lecture recordings at the same time as writing assignments.”

Initially, Megan was excited about the return to live lectures.

“When it was announced that lectures would be face-to-face this year, I jumped for joy. I was so excited to be on campus, having in-depth discussions with classmates and posing ideas to lecturers.”

However, having spent a full year – her full university experience up until that point – studying online, Megan experienced a whole new set of problems adapting to face-to-face learning.

“As I sat in my first three-hour lecture, I found it incredibly difficult to focus. I was used to being able to sit on my phone, eat, play music and do what I liked while the lecturer spoke, but now they could see my every move. It felt like I had been placed under a microscope.”

Megan found herself once again zoning out, missing information and forgetting to write down notes. She even contemplated quitting the course.

“I was struggling to adapt to this learning style.”

“And just when I thought things were getting too difficult to continue with my studies, Jamworks entered my life.”

Megan now uses Jamworks’ automated note-taking features to help her relax and focus in class.

“It felt like someone had listened to all of my problems as a student attempting to study in a neurotypical setting. The Jamworks app removed my stress and fear of missing out on important information in my lectures.”

“I can click the Highlight button when I want to remember or note something down, flagging what is important without rushing to write it all down. I now engage in my own stimulating activity while learning, safe in the knowledge that Jamworks has my note-taking covered.”

“And the fear of missing out is relieved by the Trackback button.”

She makes use of the Jamworks mobile app and desktop widget to support her studies and help with writing assignments.

“The variety of being able to use Jamworks on both my phone and laptop is really useful, as I regularly switch between both devices for assignment content.”

Megan uses the free student version of the app, but believes she could benefit from full Campus Wide functionality.

“With a heavy discussion-based degree, it can be hard to weed out all of the important details. And I think having my lecturers engage in the use of Jamworks would benefit my studies further, as I would be able to record directly from their audio and presentation slides, rather than just record through my phone’s microphone.”

She also has some advice for her fellow students.

“Maximise your time to work towards your goals by using a tool that was made for us to thrive!”

Learn more about how Jamworks helps universities create better inclusive learning experiences today.