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A Software That Makes Studying Easier? Tell me more!

If you’re a student at U of G and are curious about trying a free software that can make studying a bit easier and more productive, you may want to test out Kurzweil 3000.

What is Kurzweil 3000?

Kurzweil 3000 is a learning support program that provides text read-back. Kurzweil 3000 can read text out loud from scanned print material, electronic documents, and web-based content. The software is available for both Mac and Windows platforms. There is also a cloud-based version of Kurzweil, Read the Web extensions for Chrome and Firefox browsers, and an iOS app. Kurzweil 3000 also has tools for note taking and writing support. 

What study features does Kurzweil 3000 Include? 

  • Text read-back with simultaneous highlighting 
  • Read-back support for scanned documents as well as digital formats including PDF, DOCX, and EPUB
  • Support for multiple languages
  • Text annotation and highlighting tools, plus note and highlight extraction
  • Mind mapping, outlining, and writing tools

How can Kurzweil 3000 help me?

  • Stay more focused in longer readings using bimodal reading (simultaneous speech and highlighting)
  • Vary the format of your course materials by making readings auditory
  • Create notes from your readings with ease, using a variety of annotation styles

Who can use Kurzweil 3000?

Any student can use Kurzweil 3000 while enrolled at the University of Guelph. U of G faculty and staff are eligible to use the software as well.

How do I install Kurzweil on my computer?

Visit the library’s Kurzweil 3000 Resources page for access to software downloads, as well as installation and quick-start guides. Contact las@uoguelph.ca for a Kurzweil 3000 username and password.


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