6] FAQs and Our Message:
- Sometimes few volunteers reply fast to the group and that’s why many volunteers don’t get the books/text for recordings but don’t worry! You need not leave the group. Many times, in cases of emergency, we need volunteers and at that time, you can help us. There are times when other volunteers need some assistance during which, you can step in. All in all, we need dedicated volunteers like you, so we request you not to leave the group.
- When in doubts, feel free to ask us any sort of doubt at any time. Members of Let’s Record and Vargshikshak are very friendly! Whenever you have a doubt, please drop a message in the group or to admin so that we can assist you in any way possible.
- Also, we humbly request that instead of personally asking doubts only to head coordinators in their DMs, you can ask the doubt in the general sub-group (the group where volunteers can send messages and interact with their recording mates), so that those doubts will be answered by any other senior team member or the head coordinator of the recording team. In case, the head coordinator is busy, you can always take the help of other admins!
- We, at Let’s Record, always want to improve ourselves, so we would like to know your suggestions, not just about recordings, but about anything else that you think we can implement for our VI friends. Apart from this, we would like to know your experience of recording. Was it a good experience? Did you personally face any difficulties? What did you enjoy the most throughout the entire process? We would love to hear it from you, so click here to fill our feedback form and let us know! We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
Some other FAQs:
- Why is the main group not open for all the volunteers to send messages?
Answer: The main WhatsApp group of Let’s Record is open only for the admins to send messages because we don’t want important messages to be buried and also to avoid irrelevant messages.
- When should I record a footnote?
Answer: Footnotes are those little texts at the end of a page. One can usually find them in academic books and rarely in novels, too. If you ever come across any footnote, we suggest you read them (while recording) if they’re essential in understanding the text. For example, a footnote has the meaning of words or phrases. However, you need not read the footnote if they are merely names of reference books. Another instance where you can leave out the footnotes is when there are some irrelevant footnotes or when there are more than 5 footnotes on the same page. These are simply suggestions and the final decision rests at the volunteer’s discretion.
- Should the numbers in Hindi/Marathi or any other regional language be recorded in that particular regional language or reading it in English will do?
Answer: Recording the number in English is preferable.
- Should every sub-topic be started in a new audio file?
Answer: We suggest that you record one audio file for 40-50 minutes (or even less than that, say of 20-30 minutes). Try to finish the topic in the same audio file, so that in the new audio file, you can start a new topic. Avoid making parts of the same topic because that will lead to confusion on the listener’s part. Avoid leaving the topics in the middle of the recording. When we ask you to record for 30 or more minutes, it’s only an estimate, the recording can be of at least 30 minutes. Don’t leave topics half recorded or start halfway into a new audio file as VI students might find it problematic.
- Should I spell difficult words?
Answer: Yes, you should. You don’t have to spell every new word but, try to spell any word you feel is difficult to understand.
- Should I read the preface of the book?
Answer: Yes, you should read the preface. You can also describe the other things of the book like the front page, back page and can elaborate images in the book. It depends entirely on you.
- Should I read the tables and charts?
Answer: Because tables and charts are a part of the book or notes, you should read them out if you can. Sometimes, the tables are hard to explain and if you are unable to do it, you can notify us and we’ll help you out.
- What should be my speed while recording?
Answer: Record at your normal reading speed. You don’t have to worry if the speed is too slow, but don’t try to read too fast. The major aim you should have when recording is to keep your voice clear and understandable.
- Do I need to read page numbers while starting every new page?
Answer: No, just read out the page numbers only at the start of every new audio file.
- Do I need to read out all punctuation marks?
Answer: No, don’t read out all punctuations. Avoid such a practice unless it is very important. For example, if the sentence is: Aristotle has said, “Man is by nature a political animal”. In such an instance, you can say: Aristotle has said in double inverted commas that Man is by nature a political animal.
We use punctuation marks in written texts so that we can better understand the spoken language. For example, a full stop (.) indicates the end of a sentence and allows a person to take a breath before he begins with the next sentence. So, instead of uttering the punctuation marks, try implementing them in your speech. This way, your speech will be more effective to the reader’s ears.
We know that our procedure might be a little bit complex for those who are not comfortable with the use of technology. We are trying our best to make it suitable and automatic for everyone. We’ll bring more to you, soon! [You Can Also Help us to make it more Suitable]
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