Yay! I just noticed I got the "Expert Transcriber" badge at CastingWords Workshop. Upon checking my quals on mTurk, I see that I have CastingWords PPT Qual with value 96. Keep hanging in there, newbies! Eventually it does get easier and your efforts are rewarded. After a month or two doing a a couple of transcriptions each day, you'll have the style guide down cold. After several more months, you should have the "Rare Situations Supplement" pretty well memorized, as well, even without purposefully studying it. Just by seeing the same situations crop up and looking them up each time, you'll remember this stuff. Be sure to look at your feedback. The quality of the feedback varies, because many of the graders are just regular Turkers, but after a while, you'll get to know which graders know wtf they are talking about. And don't neglect to fire off an email to firstname.lastname@example.org when necessary. It is rare that they take more than a day to address my concerns.