How to save time and money on academic transcription?

Just take care of a few things beforehand, so you can avoid headaches later on.  Precaution is better than cure.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up spending more money than you need to.

Fortunately this guide will show you easy steps you can take to save time and money on academic transcription.

So, let’s get started:

What is Academic Transcription?

Academic transcription includes or may relate to any of the following:

  • Graduate/Postgraduate Thesis
  • Qualitative Research Interviews
  • Dissertations
  • Focus Group Discussions
  • Lectures, Classes and Seminars
  • Keynote Speaking Presentations
  • eLearning
  • Book Compilation/Self-Publishing
  • Teaching Material or Training Guides

Also often called thesis or dissertation transcription, it can be a daunting task for someone starting their PhD journey, or even for a seasoned veteran.

Importance of Academic Transcription

Academia involves a lot of study, reading, discussions, interviews, seminars and lectures.  Recordings of those can prove to be a crucial data collection tool for a wide variety of methods used within education.

They help students and teachers alike with opportunities to explore in-depth insights into how information is experienced, perceived and learned.

When you have a lot of data, you need a simplified system to keep track of it.  Recording academic lectures, seminars, interviews etc. are a great way to do that.

However, that’s only one step towards simplifying the process for yourself.

When you want to mine data, an audio recording is not the most efficient way to do it, because you will need to rewind and forward maybe a 100 times to extract what you need.

This is where a document or a transcript is such an amazing time saver.  You can feed a transcript into a qualitative analysis software like Nvivo or Dedoose, or you can skim through the content yourself or jump to a specific section in a matter of seconds via the “Find” function.

How to Save Time and Money on Academic Transcription

1. If You’re Short on Time, Don’t do it Yourself

save time and money on audio transcription

It is difficult to explain in words how time consuming audio transcription is.  The premise of it sounds easy enough; you just have to listen to the audio and type, right?

However once you start transcribing, you’ll understand what we’re talking about.  On average it can take 1 hour to transcribe 5 minutes of recorded audio with a typing speed of 40-50 WPM (words per minute).

That’s because we don’t type at the same speed as we talk.  And we make mistakes while typing, which means you will go back and forth thr