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Training in Indexing

Online tutorials

Students are required to undertake three online tutorials, working with a small group of other students. For each tutorial they compile an index to a short set text, compare their results and participate in discussions led by the tutor, an experienced indexer, who also gives guidance on best practice. The indexes compiled for the tutorials are not marked or graded, and individual feedback is not given, though students can raise specific points about their index for discussion among the group.

One-to-one tutorials

In addition, for candidates who fail to achieve pass standard, or who only achieve a narrow pass on Tests B, C or D, two optional one-to-one online tutorials are available. Information can be obtained by contacting the SI Office.  A recent student wrote: 'I passed my resit, and wanted to thank you for all your help in the one-to-one tutorial. It really did clarify a good few things, and is much appreciated.''

Prices for online tutorials are shown in Prices and Ordering.

Module C Practice Exercise

This compulsory* indexing exercise is provided as a preparation for the Module C test which involves indexing a longer text. The practice text is 30 short pages with illustrations. You will compile an index to this, working on your own, applyin the principles you have learnt so far. Your index will then be reviewed by a course marker who will provide informal feedback highlighting any aspects of your indexing that could cause you problems in a test and explaining where relevant how better to approach particular issues. Your index will not be given any mark. You can ask for further guidance from the marker about anything you don't understand, through the Office.

[*Compulsory for students starting the course from 1st January 2017; optional for other students]

MS Word Embedded Indexing online workshop

There are various software methods of embedding index entries in text; one of these is Microsoft Word. This workshop will give you an understanding of the process and implications of embedding index entries which will inform use of other programs.

All students starting the course after 1st January 2016 will take this workshop as a compulsory element of the course once they have reached Module D. You are not required to 'pass' in order to achieve your accreditation - the requirement is participation. However you must attempt the completion exercise. If this shows good understanding of the basic technique you will be awarded a completion certificate for the workshop. The workshop can be taken any time after purchasing Module D, including after submission of the PIA.

Students who started the course before 1st January 2016 may also to take the workshop after they reach Module D if they wish.

More information on the workshop can be found here. Note that for all students the workshop fee is £15.

Practical indexing assignment

To demonstrate that they are ready to work in the commercial world, after passing the four formal tests (A - D) students are required to complete a practical indexing assignment, an index to a complete book or document of their choice of about 150-200 pages in length, or a website of comparable complexity. The current price is shown in Prices and Ordering.



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