How to use text-to-speech tools to proofread academic assignments

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Who might this blog post be useful for?: Many students experience difficulties with proofreading their own work as their mind can trick them into reading what they think is on the page rather than what is actually there. Using text-to-speech tools, including the ‘Play’ button in ClaroRead or the ‘Speak’ feature in Microsoft Word and PPT, could help you to overcome this issue, as these tools can read aloud your work, making it easier to spot any errors

What study skills challenges can this app help you overcome?: Proofreading 

What is the tool or study skills strategy?: Using text-to-speech tools to read aloud work in order to support you with spotting errors.

Claro Read

To use ClaroRead, which is available on all networked PCs on campus, simply open up the software and follow the instructions on the video below. Alternatively, the following web page contains a written help guide – link.


ClaroRead has a number of different voices that could be used to read your work aloud. The following video explains how to change the voice and speed setting to suit your individual preferences.

Microsoft Word and PPT

Instructions on how to turn on the Speak feature in Microsoft Word and PPT are available here – link.

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