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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 ;(

Sat, Dec. 20th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)

I can definitely relate to what you are going through. I can remember being at those speed levels and being at a plateau. I would achieve my previous speed levels in three months, but when I hit 200 wpm, I stayed in it for a year before I went on to 225. Sometimes I felt like throwing that machine off of a high-rise building. What kept me going was the fact I had invested way too much time and money to give up. What helped me get out of my 200's was I took a five minute dictation that was broken down into 1 minute increments. At the end of the five 1 minute increments, it would put the five minutes together and made it more attainable for me. It didn't do any good to have shattered notes. I would take each minute over and over until I mastered it, looking over my notes and transcribing the take to see where my drops were and where I was starting to lose it. There's a pattern there in your notes, and you will see it. Only then can you fix it and find what's holding you back. Good luck and hang in there!