Learning to become a successful MT editor takes patience, perseverance, and PRACTICE! We have designed the Editing Fun page to provide you with some exercises that concentrate on particular skills and other exercises that tie many skills together to replicate more of an actual MT editing environment. Most importantly, these exercises can be done over and over again—giving you the chance to really practice and improve.
It is very important to master the basics of using navigational and editing shortcuts and use these as building blocks to the higher level skills such as speeding up the audio. If you are new to editing, the exercises on our Editing Fun page will be very helpful in giving you practice and direction using several shortcuts at a time. I suggest to start at Exercise 1 and work through them in order. If you feel you didn’t quite get something, just open the exercise and start again before moving onto the next one. The exercises really build on each other, adding new shortcuts– and then finally putting them all together in the later exercises.
On the other hand, if you have been editing for a while but feel you are not progressing as you had hoped, revisiting these exercises can be useful for you too. Often times when we are learning something new, there is so much information to take in at the beginning that you can feel overwhelmed or even miss some information because it didn’t all make sense to you yet. Revisiting these exercises after you already have some experience can be beneficial to reinforce your navigational and editing skills and maybe pick up something you might have missed the first time around. I often re-read through documentation that was provided to me when I started my job because now that I have a better understanding of the whole process, certain items in this documentation now have a clearer meaning for me.
Feel free to pick and choose what you need. Maybe you have successfully learned how to quickly and efficiently navigate through a document but would like more practice in using the editing shortcuts. To help with this, I have grouped the exercises we currently have on the Editing Fun page to let you know exactly what skill is being focused on. There are also some exercises that are knowledge checks—quiz type exercises that will help you test your knowledge of using the editor.
If you have any questions regarding the exercises, please feel free to post a comment or question and we will do our best to help you. Also, if there is a specific type of exercise or skill you would like to see in an exercise, let us know and we can try to create it. Unfortunately some things are specific to the M*Modal editor and cannot be duplicated in an MS word document to provide an exercise, but we can still give you some tips and direction. Above all–remember to practice, practice, practice! When you need a quick break—try Exercise 18—it’s a fun M*Modal word search!
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