Saturday, January 30, 2010

How to use your computer for better learning and memory - Part 2

Continuing from our previous post in this series:
  • How do you like the idea of computer reading aloud the notes for you? Well to do this get hold of free Text to speech software like Talk it! or natural readers or read please or Panopreter . Out of this if the download link to the first program (Talk it!) works, that's the best because it has many voices which you can make to read normally / whisper / sing. Now type / copy the text you need to read. You can get the paid versions of these programs to get better sounds or other features. Sit back relaxed while the computer reads aloud the lesson to you. You can adjust the speed of reading, font size and watch your screen from a distance. To make better experience, you can connect your computer / laptop to the LCD TV, home theater etc.
  •  As a next step, you can record what the computer speaks to a mp3 file and write it as an mp3 CD ! Here's how you do it. If you want programs that straight away do this job, there is paid version of above free programs or there is Text Aloud. 
  • In case you want to create free mp3 file online these are 2 sites: 1 -  http://www.hearwho.com/   2 -  http://vozme.com/index.php?lang=en
  • So having created your mp3 lessons, burn it into CDs, label the CDs, exchange with your friends, listen to these lessons on your home / car / Walkman mp3 player. Whenever you feel that your eyes are sore or tired from sleepless night just pop a CD into the player and relax. It is recommended that you hear your lessons while going to sleep, when the relaxing brain waves starts as you will remember better. May be you can order the mp3s to get a song between your lessons for refreshment. 
  • You can get hold of free audio editing software like Audacity sound editor and mix you favourite song in background or you can put your song into the left channel of mp3 and lessons into the other channel.
  • And if you don't want to get all this complex work, just plugin your mic and record in your own voice using the windows sound record utility ! You can then convert the recorded sound from .wav to mp3 format using the free small downloadwav to mp3 program. Then burn the mp3 file to a CD and you are done !
  • The aim of all these ideas are to get effortless revision. Remember, the more you revise, the better your memory

1 comment :

Sarin Samuel said...

The current best text to speech software is Text Speaker. It has customizable pronunciation, reads anything on your screen, and it even has talking reminders. It is great for learning languages as it highlights the words as they are being read. The bundled voices are well priced and sound very human. Voices are available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and more. Easily converts blogs, email, e-books, and more to MP3 or for listening instantly.

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