Using Kurzweil Beyond Text-To-Speech Software – How does Kurzweil Support Different Learning Styles in Writing and Test Prep?

Different Learning Styles

Did you know that people learn in different ways, and sometimes, when a combination of ways is used? The “ways” in which we learn are called “learning styles”:

  • Auditory learners learn best through sound (listening/hearing)
  • Visual learners learn best through sight (seeing visual images and graphics)
  • Reading/writing learners learn best through written text (reading and/or writing)
  • Verbal learners learn best through speech (speaking)
  • Tactile learners learn best through physical touch (practicing/experiencing)

…But if Kurzweil 3000 is a text-to-speech software, does that mean it only benefits auditory learners? No way! Kurzweil is more than just text-to-speech software, and can benefit other learning styles when it comes to test prep (studying) as well as report writing.

Auditory Learners

Writing: in addition to using Kurzweil as a text-to-speech software and having Kurzweil read your report to you, there is also a “Speak as Typing” feature which may benefit auditory learners as they can hear their report read back to them as they type it out.

Studying: create your own study notes and then use Kurzweil to read your notes to you (how to create your own study notes is outlined in the “Highlighting, Adding Notes & Extracting Notes – August 2020” document)

Visual Learners

Graphic organizers are of benefit to visual learners both in writing (mapping out ideas/concepts or creating a flow for a written report), but it is also beneficial for studying as you can create your own image to help you better understand a concept, or link different concepts that you will be tested on.

Reading/Writing Learners

While the reading component of reading/writing learners is difficult to facilitate through Kurzweil, the writing side of these learners can be facilitated through a couple of different features:

Verbal Learners

Students who would consider themselves verbal learners, or those who learn from speech, can use the speech-to-text function of Kurzweil within the above features to help them with writing or test prep.

Note: some caution does need to be given when considering using any speech-to-text features within Kurzweil. While the software does have the capability for this, feedback from previous users has indicated that it can be unreliable and inaccurate (not always picking up everything the user has said, or accurately picking up everything that is said).

Tactile Learners

While at first glance it appears that there may not be many features for tactile learners, using some of Kurzweil’s features (mind mapping, graphic organizers, etc…) can help tactile learners through practicing and creating different resources that help them engage with their course content. Creating these resources may help tactile learners in both writing and studying.