Many of you receive weekly reporting based on your editing work. Taking advantage of this reporting can be beneficial to new editors as well as experienced editors. At first glance the reports can be a bit overwhelming. When analyzed it properly, they supply a lot of insight.
The most important thing to remember is to follow the training pyramid when reviewing the report. Build a solid foundation before you attempt the more advanced skills.
Recently I worked with an MTE (we’ll call her Nancy). Nancy wasn’t worried about her productivity. Her main concern was the playback highlighter. After exchanging a few emails and reviewing the proficiency report, it became clear that she understood how to use the highlighter. Her problem was keeping up with the highlighter. Upon further review, we learned that she was speeding up the audio playback rate before she mastered the playback highlighter.
Speeding up the audio can absolutely make you more productive, but it should be the last skill you incorporate into your practice. If you are trying to learn to use keyboard shortcuts or the playback highlighter, often times it is best to temporarily slow the audio down until you can keep up with the speed. After Nancy adjusted the audio speed, she was able to gain better control of the playback highlighter.
Remember, it is very important not to put the cart before the horse. Build a solid foundation and build your skills from there. When reviewing your proficiency report we recommend the following sequence:
- Navigation shortcuts
- Editing shortcuts
- Playback highlighter
- Editing during playback.
- Speeding up the audio.
These reports are provided to you as a development aid. They can be very helpful to you if you use the feedback as a guide to help you to improve your paycheck!
As always, if you have a question or comment, please leave us a comment or contact your account manager.