- August 4, 2020 at 8:33 am
That was the portion that really stressed me out as well. I would listen to the whole thing at normal speed and type any words I could hear, then at .5 speed a few times, then back to full speed. I found I left quite a few blanks but in the end that was alright. Better to leave blanks after doing your best, and just move on!30Karen DempsterParticipant
- August 6, 2020 at 1:27 pm
Hi! YES!!! This was a startling wake up call for me too… I also listened to them at different speeds, with and without headphones to help. In the end, there were blanks left. I just couldn’t make out some of the medications. I even looked up different medications at the same time as listening hoping something would jump out at me. I’m sorry we are all finding this part challenging, however, I am relieved that I’m not the only one that was a little surprised at the sudden jump in difficulty!20SarahParticipant
- August 8, 2020 at 4:38 am
I found it super frustrating as well since I felt I had done ok on the previous transcriptions. I often would listen then type out as much as I could. I would try it fast and slow. Then I would walk away and try again a few hours later. For some reason that helped at times. I am also looking for clues about diagnosis to help figure out medications. The medication look up site is helpful also.20Joanna UjfalussyParticipant
- August 10, 2020 at 8:39 pm
I had a lot of meltdowns over this chapter as it was the first wake-up call for me, as I am sure it is for others too. Just remember the motto “If you can’t make it out, throw it out”. If you find you can’t make out what they are saying then just leave a blank and move on. Go back to your blank later and you will be surprised what you can pick up on 2nd time around. Also I found trying different pairs of headphones helped. It was amazing how much better it sounded on other sets.20Michelle CoishParticipant
- August 24, 2020 at 11:06 am
I also found this chapter really challenging, same with the muscular system. Like everyone else here, this was my big reality check, as I have a health care background and thought I was going to breeze through this course. It is hard and requires different skills than many other professions! My scores dropped significant with these chapters, and it is not necessary a big red flag.
I wish I had left more blanks than I did and just could have taken the hit for a protocol failure on excessive blanks. I definitely got too hung up on having an average of less than a blank every 15 seconds on average. Some times it is just necessary while your ear is adapting. It does get better though. Definitely listen back through with the answer key once you’re finish. I went back and listened to some of my body as a whole transcriptions and I can hear everything so much clearer now, so it is an effective tip.
I also really found that it really helped to transcribe as much as I could with leaving as many blanks as I needed, then editing everything else, coming back to the blanks and listening a few times at half and full speed, then relistening to the whole thing again at half and full speed helped. FX Sound was also a worthwhile purchase, and I found that the headphones school provided where better for the little words or really mumbly phrases than iPhone or old Beats headphones.20Dara SimpsonParticipant
- September 14, 2020 at 8:03 am
I know this is not entirely dictation based, but do any of you struggle with the headphones bothering your ears? Are you using your own or are you using the provided set? Do you perhaps have any recommendations on a good headset?
I have little ears and so I find these really start to get painful after a little while.
Thank you!10Shawna FawcettParticipant
- September 22, 2020 at 8:56 am
Dara, in regard to the headset question, I definitely recommend getting a comfortable headset. It will make all the difference in comfort and sound. I personally use the Skull Candy Hesh 3 headset because I wear glasses and found other headsets really bothered me if I wore them for a long period of time. It is personal preference though, so I would suggest trying several until you find one to suits you.10
- October 14, 2020 at 3:27 pm
This will get easier as you go through the course. I remember being quite frustrated with some of the dictations when I was a student, and then I was surprised at how much clearer they sound to me now. Training your ear takes time and practice, and the best way to do it is to use the 3-pass method and review dictations with the answer key. You really are learning a new language, so give it time!20Sarah GrayParticipant
- October 17, 2020 at 12:34 pm
The dictations in this section gave me a complete meltdown as well. I did not think they would be this difficult but it is definitely harder to understand when the dictator speaks at warp speed and doesn’t enunciate a single word. I’ve been using the three pass method as well. If after the third time of rewinding and slowing/speeding the dictation I still can’t understand? I just leave a blank and move on before I give myself a migraine.10
- October 26, 2020 at 8:32 am
Another thing you might find helpful (I did when I was a student) is saving your work and listening to some other dictations in the chapter. If I had the time, listening to as many as I could before typing any of them would help me hear things better, since some doctors do enunciate better than others.00
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