So on my Facebook group, someone posted about two websites to help find briefs and phrases for words you use commonly. As a Court Reporting and Captioning at Home student, we were given a large list of briefs or arbitraries. Same with phrases. In theory lesson 14 we are introduced to phrases (which I LOVE) and in Lesson 19, we will be given more to memorize. The following websites were posted and I checked out both. You should as well. I personally like Briefpedia better but you decide. Stenolife.com requires you to register, which is free, just a heads up.
Thinking about a career? If I can do it, you can too!!!
Those students who naturally succeed tend to have:
A knack for texting & typing
Interest in legal content (think law-based TV shows!)
Strong grammar & punctuation
Attention to detail
The NCRA sponsored an independent study to be done by Ducker Worldwide. Before this study, there was a lot of varying information about the size of the court reporting industry, including how many people are court reporters and captioners, what future demand looks like, and in what areas there will be growth. The report is comprehensive and very entertaining to read. I get a lot of emails asking what I think the job outlook is, or if voice writing is the future, etc. I am a student, I am not an expert. Of course I have opinions, but if you are a future student with industry questions, you should reference this report.
Here are few points that stood out to me
I thought this may be helpful to those who may not know someone in the industry. My sister's first year income was about $40K. Her income increased by about 10K per year for the first 3 or 4 years. Now, 5-6 years later, she makes about $110K. Her first job was working for a small firm, she was only given one or two small jobs per week. Her transcripts were proofed by her boss before being sent out. As a IC, the firm you work for, more than likely will take a percentage of what you make. My sister's firm takes 25%. The 25% goes to the firm and the firm handles all her billing, printing, etc. She also has to pay for all her software and computer. The more time and experience you have, the more profitable you will be.
by CAROL DOROTHY for Metropolitan Court Reporters
As a student transitions to a court reporter, there are many questions that are unanswered. One of those questions is, “How much income will I make my first year as a court reporter?” The answer is different because of a number of factors. We can’t tell you exactly what you will make, but we can give you some information about the variables that are involved.
August 18, 2014 By NCRA
Beginning in 2015, NCRA will move away from the traditional brick-and-mortar testing sites and shift the RPR, RMR, CRR, CBC, and CCP skills tests to an online proctoring model using the advanced technologies of myRealtimeCoach and ProctorU.
Why the change?
NCRA heard the call of the membership. Among the requests were: 1) more testing opportunities each year, 2) instantaneous results, 3) the chance to pay for each test leg individually, and 4) more convenient testing. The shift to online testing allows for the fulfillment of these requests and more.
Benefits of this new format include:
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