No, you do not need to read

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When you are a distance university student, the first thing you get ist a whole lot of paper. In my daytime office job I am promoting the paperless office on a daily basis, so I was honestly concerned about the amount of paper I would have to got through.

Stapel Studienbriefe

191 + 248 + 212 + 164 + 153 + 20 +142 + 184 + 105 pages.
Plus set books.
Plus „optional material“

Paper is great, you can put sticky notes on it, highlight important text passages or blacken out stuff you do not need at all.

Beispiel_PapierMy personal problem is: I am not sitting at my desk for 12 hours a day, dealing with the paper. My paper has to cook with me, clean the house with me, sometimes even travel or do sports with me.

Fortunately, the Open University is progressive and makes the learning material available as PDFs. So if you have PDFs or any other e-text format, it is easy :

  • get a TTS program (text to speech), eg Balabolka.
  • highlight the text and let the software read (yes, as easy as that)

Or, if you are preparing the audio file for later:

  • Copy and paste text in the editor of the TTS program
  • Select a voice
  • Many TTS programs let you adjust the reading speed and voice pitch
  • Save as MP3
  • Transfer to device, or save to the cloud and then retrieve online

Personally, I have made ​​very good experiences with varying voice pitch, as it remains easy for attentive listening .

The resulting audio file can not replace a careful reading of the documents . Sometimes explanatory graphics or statistics are in the study letters that you simply have to see to understand a topic. But as a supplement to the texts or for repetition I highly appreciate the homemade audiobook, especially for auditory learners. Clear recommendation .

 And if you want you can always check with a sticky note how far you have already proceeded in the paper documents. As a mark of progress .

read-so-far, listened-so-far, understood-so-far

read-so-far, listened-so-far, understood-so-far

For Android devices, there is Balabolka portable or Ivona, an App that also can read texts to you.

Enjoy listening!

 

 

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