Some lessons are easily learned.  Others come slower and reluctantly.  A few will really fight you.

Looking at the large picture, you may see that you spend most of your time trying to improve one specific area of your stenography.  for instance, you might have enough speed, but not sufficient clarity.  If that is your situation, attention to clarity will pay the biggest rewards.

But it might also be the slowest lesson that you learn.

That’s okay — as long as you learn it.

Taking a macro view of court reporting, you can often learn a new outline, spelling, command, and begin to use it right away.  That is wonderful when that happens, but when it doesn’t, we have to pay particular attention to that piece of information.  Putting an outline in a list to be memorized is one way to go.  Put it on the list.  Practice until you are comfortable with it.  Replace it with a new term.  Remember to check your work to find outlines that have faded from memory or that need a little sharpening.


Depending on the lesson or problem area that you are working in, your stenography success may come slow like growing a plant or it may come fast like mixing water, flour, and yeast and two hours later enjoying a fresh loaf of bread.

But fast or slow, we have to learn those steno lessons and remove those problem areas.

Step One is always right in front of you.

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