When you hear your paper, you may recognize places where you have moved from one topic to another too abruptly. Sometimes we leave out a word, mess things up as we copy and paste text, or make a grammatical mistake.
These kinds of errors can be hard to see on the page, but sentences that contain them are very likely to sound wrong.
There are a number of text-to-speech software applications and web-based services that will help you get your computer, smartphone, tablet, or e-book reader to read your paper out loud to you.
One advantage of this approach is that an automated reader will definitely not cover up any errors for you!
When you hear your paper read out loud, you may recognize that you need to re-order the information in it or realize that there are gaps in your explanation.
Listeners also need transitions to help us get from one main idea to the next.Here are some differences to keep in mind as you choose the best reader for you: While synthetic voices continue to improve, they will likely not sound completely natural to you.But you may find that if you choose a favorite voice, you can get used to its intonation and pacing over time.Here are some strategies to help you read out loud effectively: Another great strategy to try is to ask a friend to read your paper out loud while you listen.Make sure that your friend knows to read exactly what is on the printed page.As listeners, we need the order of ideas in a paper to make sense.We can’t flip back and forth from page to page to try to figure out what is going on or find information we need.This handout explains some of the benefits of hearing your writing read aloud.It offers tips on reading your draft yourself, asking a friend to read it to you, or having it read by a text-to-speech program or app.For native speakers of English (and some non-native speakers, too), reading out loud is one of the most powerful proofreading techniques around. What kind of impression will your voice in this paper make on a reader?Sometimes sentences aren’t grammatically incorrect, but they are still awkward in some way—too long, too convoluted, too repetitive. Hearing your paper can also help you get a sense of whether the tone is right. Sometimes hearing your words helps you get a more objective sense of the impression you are creating—listening puts in you in something more like the position your reader will be in as he/she moves through your text.