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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 ;(

Fri, May. 16th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Word of advice.

Court reporting can be frustrating as hell, believe me, been there, done that.

You are almost there. Now, about four hour evening practice, well, they didn't request we do that, but I lived Stenography, day and night and it helped.

One thing that I know can help is an electric-assisted stenograph, which automatically spaces without overhapping, and striking the keys is light and consistent. You don't need a $5000.00 machine they try to stick you with, the keyboard setup is the same with all the machines, but that electric assisted machine is a winner. I know where there is one in perfect condition for #300.00, plus of course, shipping.

If you need someone to talk to, e-mail me and I'll respond, believe me in all my years of reporting I've seen it and heard it all, and I sure as hell know shortcuts to get you through. Three of my transcribers are CSR's that I mentored.

You can do it: ajpscribe@valornet.com

If you need to talk with someone, through me a e-mail and I'll respond.