Basic Skills Course

This course teaches the basic skills needed to provide real-time communication access using the TypeWell transcribing software. The format is designed to retain the quality of in-person classes while providing the convenience and low cost of distance learning.

  • There are 29 lessons in the Basic Skills Course. 
  • Each lesson takes take 1-3 hours, for a total of 35-60 hours. 
  • When candidates work at the recommended pace for optimal learning, the course takes about 2-3 months. 
  • At the maximum rate of 4 hours every day, a candidate can potentially complete training within 1 month.

After the course, further real world experience is crucial. Transcribers must gain at least 50 hours of solid experience providing communication access services before transcribing remote lectures. We recommend at least a year of experience before transcribing math or science content.

Interactive computer program

Our unparalleled software uses an adaptive teaching assistant to provide instant feedback and customizes practice activities to the individual student's strengths and weaknesses. The training software is installed onto the student's laptop computer.

Online course account

The student accesses an online course account after each lesson, which explains everything step by step as the student moves through the course. There is a flexible but firm automatic schedule system which alerts the student and supervisor as needed, to keep the student's learning progress on track. Update reports are sent to the student's supervisor throughout the course.

Live teacher

Our team of expert TypeWell teachers provides support, encouragement, and regular focused feedback via email and phone.

What's next?

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