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Thu, Apr. 21st, 2011, 11:02 pm
vanille_hope: Hello

 I just wanted to say hello. I notice this group isn't very active (last post in 23 weeks). I'm a student in my 100 speeds at CCR. I love it, and I love court reporting. 

Wed, Nov. 10th, 2010, 08:57 am
cimplybe: (no subject)

Out of curiosity, does anyone here use a scopist? Where do you find one?

Sun, Sep. 26th, 2010, 07:19 pm
richlayers: Stenograph èlan Cybra Student Writer

If you don't need a machine, but you know someone who's looking, I'd appreciate it more than I could say if you'd pass this link along! I'm out of the program and the bills are closing in on me... Thanks! :)

This is a great machine that responds to a light touch. I have really enjoyed using it. It comes with a sturdy stand, decorative panels, and a handy backpack/rollerbag. The machine is inside a hard case within the backpack, for extra security. I will also throw in a case catalyst key, so you can have a spare if that's the software you're using.

This machine is paperless, but if you need to print notes you can do that through your software. It also includes a power cable and a connection cable for your computer.

I have used the machine for only a year, and not had any problems with function. It's in perfect working order.

Please contact me if you have any other questions about the condition or function of the machine.

I'll deliver it to anyone in the Wichita area or send it for free shipping anywhere in the US.


Wed, Jul. 7th, 2010, 04:35 pm
richlayers: Student Machine for Sale

I'm selling my Stenograph èlan Cybra Student Writer. It's only been used for about a year, it's a nice machine, in great shape, and I've got some case catalyst software I can throw in if that's what you're using.

Check it out here if you're interesting! :)


Wed, Jun. 2nd, 2010, 08:44 pm
betteroffsaid: suggestions to begin?



 I am not sure if anyone uses this forum anymore, but I was wondering if anyone can help me out.

I have recently purchased a student steno and the materials for the Phoenix Theory, however at the moment I feel quite overwhelmed with how to begin learning. Can anyone offer any strategies to begin learning at home? Any stages/phases/methods?

If anyone could I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks so much!



Fri, Jun. 19th, 2009, 11:52 am
whenshebelieves: (no subject)

I am just about done with school and the only thing I am having trouble with is trying to afford a professional machine and software. What did you guys do when you first started working? Take out a bank loan? Anywhere online you can recommend for a used professional writer? Anything would help me out right now because I am clueless! Thanks:)

Tue, May. 6th, 2008, 10:03 pm
whenshebelieves: (no subject)

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 ;(

Fri, Apr. 18th, 2008, 05:46 pm
atord: which theories are there?

hello all,

I want to study stenotyping, but I don't know where to research for which theories are the easiest to learn.  Someone had said it is best to learn theory on your own, but is that the best way?  I don't know where to look.  Do they teach different theories in court reporting schools?

What I want to do is learn theory and then enroll in simplysteno.com, but I don't know where to look.  Do I have to buy a book on a theory and teach myself how I would use it along with the stenotype?  Or should I enroll in a cheap college, and after I learn a theory, I can enroll in simplysteno.com?

Thu, Apr. 17th, 2008, 10:03 am
atord: best and cheapest online school to learn theory?


What is best and cheapest online school to learn theory?  I have been looking around, and the community colleges I have seen are around 8000-12000 a year, that is too much for me.  Is there a school or program with a good name, for beginners, so I can learn theory?  I don't want to incur alot of debt.  I was looking at huntington junior college, but they make me take courses, and I don't know if I will learn theory right away, it is about 8000-12000 a year.

Mon, Apr. 14th, 2008, 04:30 pm
atord: can't decide steno or voice?


I simply cannot decide if I want to learn steno, or voice.  I found many schools online, that teach voice writing for both broadcast captioning and court reporting, but the bad thing that is stopping me, is that, voice writing is only approved in 26 states.  And I might be moving to a state that doesn't allow voice writing in court rooms.  I love to type though, I am a fast typer.  But I also know that many states use digital recordings, instead of court reporters (both steno and voice).  So voice writers are not "stealing our jobs".  There should be something done to change this, I think that voice writers should have the right to practice in all states, what's good for one state, should be good for the other--it gets the job done. 

So I am contemplating over and over, should I go to this voice writing school, where it is only $350 a month, and it is based on skill, so when you reach the speed, and take the necessary tests, you pass.   Also, am I right, we don't need to go to school to get a degree, if we just pass the exam, for state and/or nationals, we are set on our way.

So--I found a college that has a 24-33 month program online for steno.  But I will incur a large amount of debt, and I don't know how long I will be in for.  So for all you steno students, court reporters for steno and voice, how long did it take you to be in school? 

Also, if I chose steno- I saw the program www.simplysteno.com, so I was wondering, if it would be worth it, if I should just go to the regular online college of steno and it will take me about 2 years--but I will end up getting a degree, or should I go to that school, and when I learn theory, drop out, and enroll in the www.simplysteno.com program.

Also, for the voice writer based court reporters, how is the job for you?  Do you regret learning it, because maybe in the future you would want to be a broadcast captioner, and you know that it is extremely rare that they would hire voice writers with court reporting experience to be a broadcast captioner?

That is also what I am contemplating.  If I wanted to be a broadcast captioner later on, I might have to learn steno, because it is rare that they accept voice writers even though they have experience.

Also, why don't they just allow voice writers the privilege to work in all states, they end up doing the same work, but different methods, it sure beats losing your job to a digital recorder system in many states?  

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