[nabs-l] skimming

Brice Smith brice.smith319 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 16 02:13:07 UTC 2011


Skimming through large amounts of reading is an essential skill.

Nothing works quite as well as a DOC, PDF, or TXT file for me. I can
search for key words and phrases and quickly move line by line with
jaws faster than using a human voice. I can get through a research
article or chapter in a third of the amount of time it would take me
to use a book read by a human being.

Brice

On 3/15/11, Jedi <loneblindjedi at samobile.net> wrote:
> It is true that sighted students often skip a lot of material. But the
> advantage in not being able to do that exactly as the sighted do is
> that you learn more. I usually have top grades in my classes, and I
> really do think it's because I have to read through more material than
> my peers do. After all, it is difficult to know exactly what material
> is not really required unless the professor spells it out for you. So
> the consequences of skipping through stuff might be that you don't get
> what you need from the material.
>
> Respectfully,
> Jedi
>
> Original message:
>> "I know that the successful student does not read material from cover to
>> cover"
>
>
>> They don't?
>
>> Maybe that's why I don't have a degree yet
>
>> Maybe I'll try any suggestions that might be discussed here too.
>
>> Jen
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>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Antonio M. Guimaraes Jr." <freethaught at gmail.com>
>> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list"
>> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>> Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 7:58 PM
>> Subject: [nabs-l] skimming
>
>
>>> Hello all,
>
>>> I am stuck catching up on missed work with hundreds of pages to be read
>>> quickly. Like, yesterday.
>
>>> I read mostly from RFBD recorded materials, and most if not all books
>>> fail
>>> to take full advantage of DAISY features to make books really most useful
>>> to all.
>
>>> I have no idea how to skim and browse through a poorly marked RFBD book.
>>> There is no physical structure like paragraph indentations, chapter and
>>> section headings, boxes, charts, italics, and other text booky features
>>> to
>>> ease the study process.
>
>>> Kurzweil may make this easier to accomplish with their browse features,
>>> but I haven't tried getting materials from bookshare since RFBD tends to
>>> have my texts in their collection.
>
>
>>> The study process is so much easier if I have a human reader, but I can't
>>> carry one in my pocket :D
>
>>> I know that the successful student does not read material from cover to
>>> cover, and there is yet no full navigation solution  for a complete
>>> ability to navigate all of a book by exploring its parts, skimming, and
>>> extracting the author's thoughts.
>
>>> RFBD could make more scholars if their books would more closely comply
>>> with DAISY standards.
>
>>> i would be really interested to hear how you get this done.
>
>>> Looking for a better way to read,
>
>>> Antonio Guimaraes
>
>
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