Academic Transcription Services for Students and Teachers

Audio to text transcription is an extremely valuable tool that is utilised by people across various industries from those relating to law, pharma and medical to TV, media and the corporate sector.

One of the other areas that transcription services can be extremely valuable is for people involved with academia – such as students, teachers, professors and academic researchers.

What are audio to text transcription services?

Audio to text transcription services are the process of ‘transcribing’ or converting spoken words into written words. This can be done from a video or audio recording of anything from a speech, dictation, conference, conversation or meeting into a text document.

What are some examples of how academic transcriptions can be used by those attending or teaching in an educational setting?

  • Transcription of lectures
  • Note taking
  • Thesis transcription
  • Dissertation transcription
  • Academic interviews
  • Research interviews
  • Educational interviews
  • Verbatim Transcription
  • Proof Reading
  • Meetings
  • Conference transcription
  • Intelligent verbatim
  • Speech transcription
  • Presentation transcription
  • Group discussions
  • Accreditation reports

What subjects and departments can transcription services work for?

Professional academic transcription services are able to handle highly sensitive or technical information across a variety of subjects and departments such as;

  • Business Schools
  • Policy Units
  • Social Research Institutes
  • Geography
  • Criminology
  • Environmental Science
  • Veterinary Schools
  • Epidemiology and Public Health

What are the benefits of using academic transcription services?

Improved Comprehension – this benefits both the teachers and those they are teaching. Trying to retain information in a lesson or seminar can be difficult and the amount of information students are expected to retain can be overwhelming.

Teachers can provide transcribed documents of key lessons to students to help them better understand the material as well as being a helpful tool for future classes or for sharing with students unable to attend lessons that day.

Students can have recordings transcribed themselves to allow them to fully focus on listening and being present, rather than worrying about taking comprehensive notes for later. The written material can be great for referring back to and to support essays or used to help revise.


Easy to read transcripts provide every detail in an easy to read format and eliminates the time consuming process of listening to audio again themselves in order to gain the information they need.


If you have an audio recording of a seminar for example, and remember that there was a particular point relevant to something which you’d like to hear again, you have to repeatedly listen to the audio until you find it.

If you have the audio transcribed into text format, then you have a document that allows you to search for particular keywords quickly and efficiently to find the information you were looking for.

Time Saving

Both teachers and students know how valuable time is. Whether you are busy teaching or busy learning, utilising audio to text transcription services can be an invaluable tool in helping you to make the most of your lessons, lectures and seminars.  

Transcribing audio files yourself is extremely time consuming with it taking even a professional transcriber around 4 hours to transcribe a 1-hour audio file. With professional transcription services you can save yourself precious time that can be better spent elsewhere.

Whether you are looking to improve your offering to your students or be more efficient whilst researching for your thesis, audio to text academic transcription services can be a great way to help you save time and work effectively.

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