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

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 ;(

Tue, May. 13th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)

Hi! I'm an official reporter in San Francisco and reading your post totally brought back memories of when I "plateaued." I completely know where you're coming from.

I have to say that the speed you're at is usually where I and my friends in school usually plateaued. My advice is not to get frustrated and look at your training regimen. Is there something you're not doing? Is there something you could do different? Take every test. Transcribe them. Examine any errors you may have. Make changes. And yes, you may need to up the number of hours you're practicing.

Don't worry about hitting your two year mark. That's excellent progress as far as I'm concerned. It took me four years, but that's mostly cuz I screwed around for a while. But when you're ready to go, it'll all fall into place. Don't give up. Just change up your routine and that might help you out of your plateau. Good luck!!

Wed, Aug. 4th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)

Hi, I know this is a pretty old comment, but I am just now having an interest in getting into court reporting. I also live in the Bay Area, and I am planning to go to West Valley College for court reporting school, but am unsure about whether to get my associate's or certificate. I already have a bachelor's in Psychology, if that makes any difference.

Also, what would you say the job opportunities are like around here?

Thank you so much!