Whew! I made it through Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting, & Extracting. I know those of you who took the course with me where worried about making it through, but we all did it! Now, I don’t say that to frighten anyone else away from this course. It is hard if you don’t have prior exposure to the subject matter. Heck, there were times when I sat shaking my head and I have read all the books and had prior experience. It’s just, well, practice makes perfect!
For me, the key to getting through all the transcriptions, abstractions, and extractions was patience. I took my time, read the document through a couple times, made a game plan, and then did it. Most of all I was thorough with everything. I didn’t just type everything up, throw my hands in the air, and thank the heavens that I was done. Seriously, it was a more a marathon run than a sprint.
However, learning these skills now, rather than later, in my opinion will make me a more successful researcher. These are among the fundamental skills everyone in this field needs to know. Even if you are only doing this for you and your family, you will still need to know how to copy information correctly. Your work may one day be the only copy of that document in existence. So, with that in mind, we should all strive to make our work our best.
I hope you will join me for the chat about the Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting course. We will be holding it on Tuesday, September 2nd at 1:00pm EDT. Bring questions or just come and listen. To join us follow this link.
See you online!