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.
This article is for Catherine and Britta. Two of my readers. I know speed building is in all of our futures, however, these two should be starting soon. Keep in touch! I am so excited for you both to start the next leg of the journey.
by CAROL DOROTHY
Every working court reporter was once a student. And we all remember the intensity, pressure and frustration of taking speed tests. Each of us had different strategies we used to concentrate and get every word when the speed was a real challenge. What we learned as we became working reporters is that these strategies were useful beyond our days in the classroom. There are times for every court reporter when the testimony is coming in at speeds that are challenging. At those times, the old strategies for coping with high speeds kick in.
With students in mind, I asked some court reporters and students for tips on building speed and what worked for them. I wanted to share their great advice with you.
Court Reporting Speed-Building Tips: Brigette Sumeraj
(Proofreader and former freelance reporter in the greater Chicago area)
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