I have stumbled upon this nice write-up about the speech recognition tools from Office XP that you could use to type what you say and read back what you have typed. I have not tried this yet but will definitely try this out!
This speech recognition tool can actually be a great studying buddy especially if you are auditory learner or want to have an interactive way to study. Imagine that even you are alone; you can now review and hear back from someone, that is, your computer of course. But nonetheless, this may help you to study better and perhaps even kill your boredom.
This tool is likewise very useful when you are too tired to type or encode texts from your books, notes or hand-outs to your computer. All you need is to read the items you need to encode and your computer will do it for you. Very cool isn’t?