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"Very clear and easy-to-follow speaking. Because of my local time (the course started at 24:00) I thought I might doze off, but the trainer's crisp-toned, moderately paced voice kept me awake throughout the course. Very good teaching skills."
"Becky was excellent. She clearly has a thorough comprehension of Trados and is good about explaining how to use the tool in a manner than everyone can understand. I really enjoyed her webinar and look forward to taking more webinars with her."
"Excellent trainer - her explications were so clear and easy to understand. The training plan is logical and intuitive. I found answers to all the basic questions I had about SDL Trados 2011. Great course!"
"trainer is clear with explanation and good sense humor. Overall the course is very helpful and gave you a clearer picture about software. I had just bought the software and now I don't feel lost or frustrated using it anymore. "
"Becky is a great trainer. She has a great knowledge of Trados and shares all the tips that will help you when translating. She showed some great features of Trados that I wasn't sure how to use. Thank you for the great job."
"The trainer is a translator herself and offered plenty of practical tips. Also, did a great job answering questions even if it interrupted the flow of her presentation. Highly recommend this webinar to anyone new to Trados Studio -or wanting to improve basic skills."
"Becky explained in a clear and understandable way how to start working with Studio which was the aim of the course. I really appreciate her way to go through the subjects and I certainly will book more courses with her. Thanks Becky !"
"Becky was very well able to take us through the material at a steady pace. She only spoke too fast and low for me to understand the questions being asked throughout the training, but this was probably due to my bad hearing. Otherwise, just great! I must have this tool (SDL Trados Studio) for my translation work!"
"As in the other courses I have attended with Becky, she is quite knowledgable of the training materials and also very experienced with the tools. She gives it a user's perspective with great tips and real life examples.
"Amazing instructor! Ms. Blackley obviously knows her subject and is eager to share her knowledge with the webinar attendees, not just "go through the motions".
The explanations are clear and concise. Multiple useful tips given. Enough time allowed for questions.
She also mentions her favorite things about Trados and explains why they are useful and how you can use them. I didn't notice the 3 hours fly by. "
"Becky was friendly, very clear and professional, and extremely helpful whenever someone asked a question. I am looking forward to following the Intermediate course with her, hopefully in a few months!"
"Oh, Becky Blackly definitely knows her job, concision, precision, carefulness, goal-oriented.
She's pleasantly amazed me and I hope I'll be like her, so learned in the command of the SDL translation technology very soon!!"
"Becky presented the Trados course material in a very clear and concise way. It was easy to follow her as her presentation skills were great. She also answered everybody's questions very well and gave us plenty of useful tips for getting started. I would like to do my Level 2 Trados training with Becky!"
"The session was unfortunately beset with technical problem, but despite the long delay getting started, Becky proved her ability as a capable trainer by making up the time yet still covering all the topics in sufficient detail."
"My trainer was Ms. Becky Blackley. Her English is very clear and easy to understand. This is very important for a non-native English speaker like me. I will definitely take Intermediate Training Course if Ms. Blackley's class is available."
"I think Becky is an excellent trainer, who has gathered a lot of experience with translations and Trados. She is able to present her knowledge in a structured and quite understandable way, using very clear English. Her insider tips reveal a thorough and profound understanding of the way the Trados software works and also the ability of customizing it. I enjoyed her presentation very much. "
"I couldn't have asked for a better trainer: her ability to explain and illustrate the material, her feedback to questions from attendees, and her ability to provide a stimulating and comfortable learning environment were exemplary. "
"The trainer is very kind and cooperative.
Everything is explained clearly and quickly, without avoiding proper observations and comments.
You can ask written questions she is always ready to answer throughout the session.
"This was the second course I have taken with Becky and I think she is an excellent trainer. She gives lots of useful hints and tips not covered in the course material and you can tell she has really thought about how to make it the best possible experience for participants."
"It was a very fast-paced presentation which at times made it difficult to follow and fully understand the concept being explained. I could hardly take any notes compared to the Getting Started course when I took a lot of useful notes that I still use. The good part was that Becky gives the so-called insider tips, tips based on her own experience of using Trados 2009, which I find very useful."
"Becky was a good trainer. She took time to explain things and answered questions as we went along and at the end of the session. Her training style was informal and friendly, so I did not feel intimidated by not knowing much about the subject matter. I would recommend her training sessions to others."
"A part from being disconnected few times, the course was great.
I use broadband (fiber optic communication) and it's usually very stable and so it was a bit of a surprise to be cut-off several times and have to reload in the middle of a great training session, which was rather disappointing since some of the information became patchy. Other than that, everything went fine.
"The explanations were very good, very solid knowledge was relayed, the speaker herself is very knwoledgeable. The only thing I noticed is, thaty at times she was talking a bit too fast, either because she tried to make up time for answering questions inbetween, I don't know. The other comment I have, is that while I was taking notes, it became a bit difficult to follow when it came to the point where she was moving the cursor on the screen: the resolution of the screen made it impossible to read the little tabs she was moving to, so that I missed information on a couple of notes...
It would definitely help to work on the resolution of the screen - I don't know if you have received any feedback on this before..."
"The course was interesting and well structured. Becky never deviated from the main point and made every effort to speak clearly. Furthermore she immediately answered all questions relating to the current topic."
"Becky is an excellent trainer - clear, concise and very amenable to answering the queries that come up. In future I would certainly look out for training courses given by her. As per my comment above, I got a bit lost at times and there is a tendency, as with all people/teachers who know their stuff really well, to zap through things assuming they are obvious and easy, when to the novitiate they are stil 'double-Dutch'! Because things move along pretty quickly I sometimes felt that I would have liked to ask a question but there wasn't even time to formulate it, in case I missed the next point! By the end of the session, when there WAS plenty of time to ask questions, I had forgotten what I wanted to ask. But as I say, I think that's more a reflection on my slow brain than on the trainer - she's great."
"The seminar was instructive and well-structured, with lots of good real-life examples. I feel that all main topics were discussed and yet there was time enough for breaks and for questions. I have signed up already for the next seminar."
"Becky Blackley incorporated some useful tips of the trade into the training session. Not only am I impressed with her ability to provide such information in a basic course, but I am grateful as well since it kept the course from getting dull."
"Becky was very clear on everything. She also took the time to answer our questions promptly; when she had to repeat any steps or options for clarification of a doubt, the pace of the course was not interrupted as she picked up the thread of course smoothly. I had a satisfactory experience. Thank you."
"Thank you Becky! A great representation, learned a lot. Everything was very clear, Becky provided answers during the course without delay nor was it interupting the flow of her trainging. Everything was well integrated and well thought out!"
"Very clear and professional, however sometimes she was going very fast on complicated notions like Term base or Batch... this part is not very clear to me and not fast enough on how to move or reduce a window."
"Not always very clear. At the end, it wasn't clear whether she was still there to answer questions in the chat box or whether she had already gone. Some of the information given seems to be incorrect: Becky told us that the courseware for the "getting started" was included and available with the courseware for "uprgrading" and that doesn't seem to be the case. I queried this with her and was told to go to my SDL account to look for it. There is nothing showing in my SDL account."
"Except for the very last session on batch tasks (I'm not even sure of what that section was called because it went so fast at the end), I thought Becky was clear and well-paced. Also, I neede a moment throughout to see where the cursor was when it was moved to the tool panel or the side panel or the bottom panel. And on occasion, an action was taken before I could see where the cursor was."
"She is a good trainer, she covered all the important points very profoundly and always answered the questions satisfactorily. However, she spoke very, very fast and I had from time to time problems to follow her, but this was due to the late hour of the course (fatigue) and concentration."
I agree with Dianna that I missed more information on the practical use of the tool. I felt some times that time was wasted browsing around things that are self-explanatory, and then there was not much time left to go hands-on. I also registered to this one instead of Getting Started following the advice in the programs, because I used Trados since year 2000, and as Dianna, I felt sometimes that I took the wrong decision... Even the trainer mentioned once that we should attend the Getting Started to learn about something...
The material and this specific course were not available in my account, despite the trainer (Becky) insisted several times that it was us who were not looking at the right place (are we all so slow?). But after I wrote to SDL and to ProZ support, they were really helpful and solved the issue instantly.
I agree also that making a recording of the webinar available would have been most valuable. Anyway, I thank Becky a lot that she warned us at the start that it was not going to be recorded.
In short, I think that if we had had the materials available some days before the training, it would have been much more profitable. This training is oriented for people who know Trados AND have read a bit about Studio 2009 first.
Thanks for making this training available, and special thanks to ProZ support for always being there so quickly!!
"I had a very positive experience at the webinar yesterday and liked how Becky presented it. I was able to follow her during most of the three hours it had lasted, however, I wished she would repeat a couple of times the new commands and shortcuts so I could write them down properly.
And I agree with Dianna Fry, I have the same problems - I cannot find the training materials on SDL website:
"Secondly, although I have followed the directions very carefully, it is proving very difficult to access the training material at https://oos.sdl.com/asp/products/ssl/account/”
Just like Dianna I can't even find the course that I attended under the list of courses.
And I have difficulty understanding how to open projects in Trados 2009, too, and would have appreciated if Becky at least briefly went over it.
It would be a very good idea to make it possible to view the webinar later.
"Even though Becky delivered the webinar in a highly professional manner, I was disappointed that she didn't go into very basic features, such as how to open and process packages and individual files from clients and how to return them after translation, as this knowledge is vital in order to use Studio 2009, and definitely would not have been acquired with Trados 2007. I had been having problems in this area and it was actually SDL Support who had advised me to go on this webinar rather than SDL Trados Studio 2009 Getting Started. The description of the webinar doesn't really make it clear which webinar is best suited to one's requirements and, sadly, I must have been advised to attend the wrong one, even though I have had several years' experience with Trados 2007 so would have presumed this was the right one for me.
Secondly, although I have followed the directions very carefully, it is proving very difficult to access the training material at https://oos.sdl.com/asp/products/ssl/account/
In fact, I can't even find the course that I attended under the list of courses."
"The training session was a bit too dense, it might have been useful to split it in 2 separate sessions (on different days) to get time to practice. The trainer had to speak very fast to fit it all in! Otherwise, it was great!"
"Sound was not great. I used earphones in the end which improved things a little, but it was rather surprising that Becky acknowledged lots of people were having audio problems but said there was nothing she could do it to improve it at her end... since so many of us were having problems, it clearly WAS due to her end!
Other than that I enjoyed the training, found it useful, appreciated the 2 short breaks and the fact that it ran over time but Becky stayed on to answer further questions - good value for money!"
"Generally, I was very happy with the training session and the trainer, who was very helpful. There was a time lag between the speech of the trainer and the screen shots appearing on my screen. As the trainer was obliged to proceed quite quickly because of the volume of material to be covered, this occasionally made it quite difficult to follow her instructions (by the time the screen showed the action being described, the trainer had moved onto the next item). Also, the sound was not as loud as I would have liked (unlike a previous training session I have 'attended', where there was no problem - this would suggest it was not a problem with my set-up but perhaps with the phone line used by the trainer?). Generally a very useful session, with a knowledgeable and helpful trainer."
"The session went smoothly and was very informative. There were complaints regarding size of the video and I understand this. I was originally viewing with my laptop but had to reconnect to my desktop with a 22-inch monitor to be able to view things properly. This did not occur with Trados Studio training that I took in early Febraury with the same trainer. Can something be done with the screen resolution to improve the video for MultiTerm training specifically?"
"Thanks Becky, as usual the training was clear, concise, well-presented. And, unlike the Intermediate training I attended a few weeks ago, this session covered all the topics. I am pleased I waited for your session!"
"1. We lost 30 minutes to because the speaker lost her webinar connection. For a 3-hour session this is not good news.
2. I feel that the contents were too basic for an intermediate course. I would imagine most people who are already using Studio already know how to do most of this. I certainly did."
"The Webinar software was very rocky. There was a 20-minute hiatus while the trainer wrestled to get it working. She handled it very well, though (I would have been in a panic).
In general, I'm not keen on the practice of taking questions as you go along. In a three-hour session (especially if it's late in the evening in your time-zone) it's irritating to wait while the trainer struggles to decipher what are often pretty dumb questions."
"There were some technical problems and it took me a while to realiye that I should reßjoin the webinar using the original link. I felt that the material was more directed towards project managers but knowing now how to create and handle projects makes me feel more confident in working with just individual files. Thank you Becky!"
"I do not know why an experienced trainer would constantly say she did not have enough time to answer questions, or that material was for a later course. It create a poor atmosphere for learning when this is repeatedly said.
Indeed there was not enough time, as the session went for only 62 minutes far short of the 3 hours promised. The trainers "technical" difficulties were not my problem, but became so, as it handicapped and shortened the session. Jessie Nelson"
"I am quite satisfied overall with the training. Becky Blackley answered questions appropriately but deferred answers rather than getting sidetracked in order to cover all course material. A technical glitch resulted in a quarter-hour interruption halfway through the session and there was no clear message to me as an attendee that the session was to resume and had not been cancelled. Also, there was an appreciable video lag despite my high-speed connection. This made some training sequences difficult to follow."
"Excellent trainer. As the others have mentioned, we had some technical difficulties, especially video lags, and had it lasted longer I might have asked for a partial refund. But I was very happy with the information provided."
"My general opinion of the training session is very positive. Nevertheless I would like to draw your attention to the difficulties created by the video lag. A few months ago I participated to a training session on SDL Trados 2007. There was no video lag there and that made it really simple to follow the trainer's explanation. Not being able to watch what the trainer is doing while she is putting it into words really does change things. As regards any other aspect of the training, I feel completely satisfied."
"I liked the training, I found it very useful. The trainer explained clearly all the processes and she made herself understood very well. However, you could improve the web supporting platform, because it stopped twice and we lost some time."
"Trainer seemed a little unsure at times, not sure if she had taught this course before. Overall, the course spends WAY too much time on rather trivial things like clicking through wizards, and not enough on focusing on the real differences and comparing different types of workflow scenarios between the two versions, like working in a mixed version environment or handling other types of files than .doc. These were only touched briefly. For an experienced 2007 user, I think this course is just still borderline acceptable."
"The time for me was a bit harsh (10pm-1am), but it could not be helped, as there were no other options offered for the particular level. I plan to take advantage of the written course material to review sections during which I apparently dozed off!"
"The audio line was interrupted a few times, and the overall volume was too low. I had the feeling that Becky was too far from the micro. Otherwise, rather pleased with the session: material OK, presentation OK, content OK!"
"It would indeed be helpful to explain the process of building a termbase from scratch during this course. Freelance translators in general do not get any TBs at all from anyone but have to build them by themselves."
"Becky was very knowledgable and she covered a lot of material and explained it clearly and easy to understand. I still have a lot of practicing to do, but Becky laid the groundwork. At least I now know what to study!"
"I found it strange that the training placed such emphasis on the advantages of "AutoSuggest" when it is actually only available in a very limited number of language combinations, so is probably irrelevant to a majority of those taking the training. Maybe it would be worth organising training for those language combinations for which AutoSuggest is available separately from the training for language combinations for which AutoSuggest does not exist?
I was also hoping that the course would cover importing TMs. I had heard that it is possible to import Wordfast TMs into Studio 2009 and it seems to me that the question of importing TMs is relevant not just to those who are upgrading from Trados 2007 but to anyone who has used CAT tools in the past."
"The sound was not good. It was hard to hear the presenters voice. When other participants asked her to increase the volume she responded that we need to do it in our side. I had the volume at the top and sometimes it was hard to hear what she said, specially when she read and answered the questions. It is hard to concentrate and get the most of the training when you can barely hear it.
It is extremelly dissapointing that the material is in English-German. If I do not speak german how can I do practice with the sample material? I think if there is a training session open to all lenguages, at least the exercises should be in your language combination. They handle short examples, they could be developed in several languages.
The material never appeard on My Account, I had to go to the server and download it. I hope the test appears on My Account soon.