The TypeWell Basic Skills transcribing course begins in earnest on the student's course start date (see available course start dates). The course has 29 lessons that each take most students between 1 and 3 hours to complete. The time required varies based on lesson difficulty and the student's learning rate.
Here are the key points:
The course materials are sent for arrival a few days before the student's start date. This includes a small workbook and instructions for downloading and installing the software from the TypeWell website.
The course takes 3 months part-time, or one month full-time. Note that the "full-time" rate is a maximum of 4 hours every day, to prevent injury.
There are 29 lessons.
Each lesson is due between 1 and 4 days after the previous lesson is turned in. (See Recommended and Final Due Dates.) There is no way to "bank time" by turning in multiple lessons; even if a student completes several lessons in one day, the next lesson will still be due 1-4 days later.
Our TypeWell teaching team may take up to one full business day (24-72 hours) to provide feedback for some lessons.
If assignments are too late, the student's access to the course will be locked, and special arrangements would have to be made to reopen it.
There's a way to take a week off if all other assignments are turned in early, but it's not recommended.
The student should schedule time for the lessons during the day, rather than trying to cram them into evenings. The course is hard work, and the student will learn best when fresh. Since the lessons require serious concentration, the student should arrange his or her schedule to have uninterrupted time in a room where the door can be closed.
For many of the lessons, the student will received email feedback from our TypeWell teaching team. In some cases the student won't be permitted to proceed until our teaching team is satisfied that the student has learned the lesson's materials well. Be aware that our teaching team may take up to one full business day (24-72 hours) to provide feedback for each lesson.
How Fast Should the Student Go?
We recommend that students who work part-time on the lessons try to do at least one lesson every 2-3 days. That's a good speed for learning, and it gives a safety margin to avoid being late in case something interrupts the planned schedule. Students with full-time for the course (i.e. up to 4 hours of typing per day) do 1 or 2 lessons per day.
Students may go faster if they like. But there's a limit to how fast they can go. First, as we mentioned, the student may have to wait up to one full business day (24-72 hours) for our teaching team's feedback before continuing on some lessons. Second, if the student goes too fast (more than two lessons per day), the system will tell the student to slow down. This is to make sure the student has time to fully absorb the information in each lesson.
No Breaks Longer than 3 Days
The skills the student learns in each lesson build on what was learned in previous lessons. It is important to keep one's skills growing steadily, and not have long gaps between lessons. A gap of more than a few days between lessons could cause one's skills to fade, and not provide an adequate base for the skills in the next lesson. That is why the student can never take more than 3 days off between turning in assignments.
At the completion of each lesson, we'll give the student the due date for the next assignment. For planning purposes, stick to the rule of turning in at least one assignment every 2-3 days. If the student must schedule a vacation in the middle of the transcribing course, or have an unscheduled emergency, there's a way to make extra time for one assignment if all the other assignments are turned in early.
If the student is very late on too many assignments, the course will be cancelled.
The student must have access to some computer that can reach the Internet in order to turn in assignments. However, the computer running the course software does not have to be able to access the Internet. The student can use a home computer, a computer at the local library, etc. to access the Internet and turn in assignments. The student does need to have a way to transfer files from the course computer to the Internet computer.
If the student's usual Internet connection stops working, or if the student doesn't have an Internet connection at home or work, it is his or her responsibility to find a connection. Commonly available places that let one have Internet access for a fee are local Internet cafes or FedEx Office stores.
If in laying out the schedule, the student plans to turn in a lesson while traveling, he or she might be able to get a hotel with Internet access. But if not or if the hotel's Internet access goes out during the visit (unfortunately very common!), look for an Internet café, public library, or FedEx Office location.