Court Reporting Students Top 10 List

topTop 10 Things A Court Reporting Student Absolutely Must Do In Order To Get Out Of School

Recently I was asked by some court reporting students my advice on how to get out of court reporting school. The answer to that question is simple: Do Not Quit. But don't quit is not really enough; is it? Students want to get out of school with their sanity intact too. What good is a crazy court reporter out there? Thus was born Todd's Top 10 List below... Enjoy!

Number 10 - Strive For Accuracy
Are you focusing on speed instead of accuracy? Bad idea. Step 1 = Get accuracy. Step 2 = Get fast. Step 3 = Get CSR license!

Number 9 - Short Sentences
Are you punctuating using Todd's 100% guaranteed correct grammar rule? Use a period asap. Make short sentences. That's the rule. And even when the next sentence starts with and.

Number 8 - Be Excellent Not Perfect
Are you attempting to have perfect notes? Nobody has ever achieved this feat. You won't either. Lose the perfectionism. Strive for excellence instead.

Number 7 - Show Up
Are you attending school every day? Remember: Playing hookey doesn't pay very well.

Number 6 - Do What You're Told
Are you following the school's curriculum? Don't try to reinvent the wheel. Blaze your own trail at your own peril!

Number 5 - Sweat The Small Stuff
Are you typing every single word in your notes? You should be! The word the is just as costly as Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. (Yes, that is a real word. It is a lung disease.)

Number 4 - Consistency
Are you typing every test whether or not you feel you got it or not? Only do this if you want to get out of school quickly.

Number 3 - Back To Basics
Are you getting back to basics? In other words, are you constantly reviewing theory?

Number 2 - Read Your Notes
Are you reading your notes every day? If you were making consistent mistakes, how would you know?

Number 1 - Do Your Best Then Rest
Are you doing the best you can? If so, relax and have peace in that. If not, get crackin'!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Todd Olivas

Todd Olivas is a court reporter and entrepreneur.
He founded TO&A in 2003.

  Comment by Malia Davis | Friday, August 24, 2018
These are great tips for people looking to become court reporting professionals. I bet they are helpful tips for finding a reporting specialist to hire, as well, because you can look for these things in their work. If they do what they`re told, like you said, then they will probably be the right person to hire.

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