How To Get Out Of School With Your Sanity Intact. Audience Question
If you've been reading my blog, you'll note that I as a court reporting agency like to go around to the various court reporting schools and pump up the students. This past weekend was the CSR test and I find it's particularly helpful for me to get out there right before the students face down that final hurdle on their way to becoming a licensed court reporter.
Well, after my court reporting school speeches I typically get inquiries from audience members both during the live Q & A and also subsequently via email. Here is a great question that I got asked via email:
Thanks for the encouragement the other day.... It does get a bit discouraging when one is kind of 'stuck' in a speed. I sometimes write decently at 180 or 190, but other times I am not quite there. I am married, have grandkids, three houses to tend to and work teaching some exercise classes, so I am quite busy. I find that the energy level has a lot to do with the accuracy... I am doing part of my work online due to the distance I have to drive for maybe 90 minutes of dictation... I tend to write flat fingered at times and I think that messes with my accuracy. Any tips you have to give are appreciated.Dear N. from northern California:
-N. from northern California
As a formerly stuck court reporting student, I know all too well that feeling of discouragement being in school so long. So many times I wished I could quit, but I had no escape plan -- no Plan B. So my mantra during that time was if I don't quit, I'll make it.
And if you don't quit, you will make it.
What a wonderful blessing you have in your marriage, your grandkids and what sounds like a full, rich life. However, with so much going on, no wonder your energy level can be drained for other tasks like finishing court reporting school.
- Have reasonable expectations about how quickly you will master any given speed.
- Remove any non-essential distractions from your life for the time being. (I would have to say your husband and your grandkids do NOT fall into this category!)
- Set practice and dictation goals that you can follow on your own time.
- Get as much live dictation as possible.
- Read your notes.
- Review your theory.
- Get an accountability partner to hold you accountable for maintaining your goals.
Thursday, July 19, 2007