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A Time Management Course Worth Every Second

A disability services coordinator took a sneak preview of TypeWell’s new Short Course on time management and explains why this fresh take on the age-old "art" of work-life balance might be just the thing you need this semester...

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Deducting Job-Related Educational Expenses

Sometimes the answer to a question we receive from a transcriber can benefit others as well, so we’re sharing this one with you.

Q: Can any of the courses taken through TypeWell's LEO (Learning & Enrichment Online) be deducted on my taxes?

A: Yes, you can deduct the cost of continuing education courses — whether taken through TypeWell or elsewhere — with just a few stipulations...

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The Transcriber Who Knew Too Much

The TypeWell Code of Ethics dictates that transcribers should serve as a “conduit of information” for consumers. In the tale I’m about to relate, a seasoned TypeWell transcriber knew that principle, but chose the wrong action...

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Back-to-School Jitters (and a few strategies to overcome them)

As transcribers, we are in the unique position of having dozens of "first days" throughout our careers. Walking through the maze of halls of an unfamiliar high school eighty miles from home, as an adult who wasn't a teacher, I clearly didn't belong...

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Transcribers "check in" on training anniversaries

Each month, I send the out a message to the cohort of transcribers whose training anniversaries fall during that month. We're about halfway through the year now.

We're learning that although many transcribers still work in relative isolation, many do benefit from regular interaction with colleagues. Their employers are offering mentoring, workshops, skill consultations, and travel assistance for transcribers to attend conferences. Some even set aside regular time during staff meetings to focus on professional development.

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Ideas that Stick: a leader learns by listening

We posted everyone’s ideas on a big "Sticky Wall." Then my co-facilitators spent some time combining duplicates and grouping ideas into whatever categories naturally emerged.

...Some really wonderful ideas surfaced during that group activity in Portland last April. As expected, the leaders in the TypeWell community have our work cut out for us!

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Transcriber Review: “Skill Building for New TypeWell Transcribers” QuickClass

"A year ago to the month, I became qualified as a TypeWell Transcriber. After those eight weeks of rigorous training, I couldn’t wait to get into the classroom, put all the newly learned abbreviations to the test, and provide services for a real student. Sitting in the chair, booting up the computers, and opening the blank screen of TypeWell never ceases to energize me.

But I didn’t expect to feel so alone."

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How I conquered my fear of math: a transcriber's journey.

TypeWell transcribers can work in a number of disciplines, from English to history to even heating and air conditioning courses (I know this from personal experience). But what happens if you are in a math class with complex equations, like...

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