How do you learn or train for general transcription?
There is no formal training required for general transcription. You can learn general transcription yourself and practice.
One way to train for general transcription is by transcribing anything you hear. Transcribing regularly will help you build speed and acquire an ear for transcription work. Practicing transcription will also help you become familiar with using transcription playback software. Using a foot pedal allows hands-free typing and improves your speed and efficiency instantly.
Your typing speed and transcription speed will improve with practice. The more you type and transcribe, the faster you’ll get.
Accuracy is important so focus on typing as quickly as possible without errors. You can use free online typing tutorials and typing tests to improve your typing speed and accuracy. Your transcription speed will keep increasinggradually until you reach your ideal speed.
New transcriptionists are often looking for free audio files to practice transcribing. Using transcription practice files is just one of the many ways for new transcriptionists to practice transcription. In addition to practice files, there are many other types of audio files you can use to practice transcription skills.
With a little creativity, you’ll find many ways to practice transcription. You can transcribe your own voicemail messages, answering machine messages and Skype recordings. You can record and transcribe television programs, TV interviews and radio interviews and conversations.
There are many online sites where you can find different types of audio files you can practice with. You can download and transcribe online seminars, teleseminars and podcasts from the public domain. You can download podcasts from podcast.com to practice transcription and get familiar with different kinds of accents.
Several web sites provide practice transcription files you can use to practice transcribing. Some sites provide free practice files while other sites sell practice files. Just do a Google search for “transcription practice tapes.”
The NCH web site provides sample audio files you can use with the popular free Express Scribe transcription playback software. Transcribed PDFs are provided to check your finished transcription against. The NCH sample audio files are legal and medical transcription files but you can use them just as well to practice general transcription. Just don’t worry about the legal and medical terms.
You can download practice transcription files and free Express Scribe transcription software at http://www.nch.com.au/scribe/practice.html.
Before testing for transcription jobs and applying for your first transcription job, practice transcribing anything you hear and make sure that your transcription skills are up to speed.
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