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In most cases, tape-recording lectures only forces you to listen to the same lecture again, hence wasting time and not gaining anything more than if you had just paid attention and taken better quality notes during class. Instead of bringing a tape recorder, schedule enough time between classes to fill in those blanks you had to pass over in class.
**NOTE: In most cases you will need to seek your instructors permission before recording a lecture. This is standard procedure if you instructor is has a doctorate (PhD).