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.
Paper is great, you can put sticky notes on it, highlight important text passages or blacken out stuff you do not need at all.
- 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 .
For Android devices, there is Balabolka portable or Ivona, an App that also can read texts to you.
- 5 Excellent Text to Speech iPad Apps for Teachers and Students (educatorstechnology.com)
- ReadSpeaker Releases New Text-to-Speech Services (hispanicbusiness.com)