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Tue, May. 6th, 2008, 10:03 pm
whenshebelieves:

Hi everyone.
I am pretty down in the dumps about school lately. I hope you all don't mind if I vent for a minute or two.
I have always been a pretty decent writer, my speeds did not take long to attain until I started getting very anxious and nervous during testing. I completely freeze when my teacher is dictating tests to us now. I syke myself out the whole time, then get behind and lose it. I have no idea what brought this on except pressure I place on myself when I see other students who started after me passing me in speeds. (& of course people asking me WHEN ARE YOU GRADUATING?) My 2 year mark was up in the beginning of April and ever since then [and a little before] I am in a rut. Our teachers preach 4 hour nightly practice, but never once have I done that.
I am currently at 180 LIT, 200 JURY, and 200 Q&A with one test to go before I am in 225.

I guess I am just looking for any success stories you all have, or any words of advice and wisdom on what I can do to break through this mess and possibly see graduating in my future ;(

Wed, May. 7th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
stenodork

i hate to break it to you, but this is where you HAVE to practice. you need to build up your muscle memory.
when there were hurricanes here in fl, i started practicing because there was nothing to do (i graduated dec 06) which was when i was 120/140-160/180 class. i got books on tape and practiced to tv.
good luck!!!