Module 1


The Beginner’s Module covers everything you need to know about getting started, beginning with a single voice, clear dictations, the introduction of a US accent and ending with a two voice interview to prepare for Intermediate Module 2. The Beginner’s Module has 195 minutes of audio with Answer Keys.

The Beginners module is designed to cover all the things you need to get started. In this part of the course we cover creating templates, terminology documents and style guides, the importance of accuracy and how to compare your transcripts against the Answer Keys.

Time-stamps are used to flag words that are inaudible, or spellings you are unsure of. We will show you how to set up a time code hot-key that will do this automatically. We explain about the importance of keeping your receipts for tax time. We will show you how to use Word functions like AutoCorrect and Search, how to edit and also give you grammar tips and using quotation marks in transcription and when to use [sic]. We teach you self-care, protecting your ears and chair yoga. We introduce our first accent from the US. We will also talk about the importance of confidentiality and security software.

“For every successful endeavour, careful planning is key.”

The Beginners module comprises of 8 lessons. These are just some of the topics covered:

  • Definition of an audio file
  • Storage of audio
  • Client confidentiality
  • Dealing with dictated instructions
  • Google-fu
  • Legal templates
  • Dental template
  • Addressing letters
  • Legal letters
  • Calculating your typing speed
  • Controlling playback of audio
  • File formats
  • Transcribing broken thoughts
  • Tools of the trade

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