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You turn on your Wave or Diamante, and the first screen you see displays your machines name. Well, not anymore. Stenograph allows you to change the splash screen to one of their own splash screens or you can upload a personal picture. I uploaded a picture of my boys, but the formatting was off and there was black on both sides, so it didn't fill my screen. I then uploaded my favorite quote, and then tried a Stenograph splash screen. Yep, it no longer says "Wave." Here is how...
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I have been emailing with another CRAH student who has been in the program for 5 months.
She is working on lesson 15. Being that she is farther along than myself, I should take note as to what she does to complete each lesson and keep moving towards speed building. This is from an email exchange:
--I try to focus on one lesson at a time. I get overwhelmed if I think
too much about all the work ahead of me.
--I (grudgingly) read back ALL of my notes. I am using a manual
machine, so I circle my errors, write them in a notebook and practice
those strokes/words before each practice session.
--When I am struggling with a lesson, I go back to lesson 2 or 3 and
write those drills out. I feel better knowing how fast and accurate I
am with the lessons that I once struggled with. It gives me a mini
--Sometimes I just read through the lessons without using my machine.
It gives me a different perspective.
I thought these where great tips. Everyone learns differently but seeing how someone else is completing theory, can help me when I get stuck.
She also commented:
The first five or six lessons were probably the hardest for me! In
time, the letter combinations became second nature and now I feel
comfortable enough to think that I can actually finish this thing!
Totally motivating for me to keep moving forward. Even in small steps, it is progress.
"Nothing Worth Having, Was Ever Achieved Without Effort"
Theodore Roosevelt (my favorite president)
Today I was working in my yard while the kids played, It is sunny in Washington, so I had to take advantage.
When we came in for lunch, I checked my phone and I had an email from Linda Bland. For those who have been to the CRAH site, you know who Linda is. She developed this theory and has so many credentials, I can't even name them all.
She was checking in to make sure I didn't have any questions. To be honest, I thought this was probably an automatic email sent by an assistant. It asked that I call her. I called the number and It was to CRAH, I told Steven who I was and he asked if I could hold, then Linda picked up. I was talking to Linda Bland. She was super nice and personable. She gave great advice and reminded me to stay in contact with support. She also said I could reach her if needed. We talked for awhile actually until my phone died...
But I did ask about life after theory and the academic portion. She said that as you progress through the program, support will send everything you need for grammar, punctuation, etc. It is based on your needs. I may need help in that area whereas some folks may not. They could send a massive box full of manuals, books, discs and a machine and say email us with questions, or they could work with you through the program. As you reach milestones, they are going to find your weak spots and help you fix them. And once you are ready, they will help you with CAT software etc. It doesn't make a lot of sense to throw everything at a beginner and overwhelm them. Us beginners have enough information and unknowns. If we tackle theory one step at a time and day by day, it won't be as scary. But if you thumb through the manual and look ahead, you'll probably want a refund. It is intimidating because it is so unfamiliar.
I am a person who wants to peak at Christmas gifts a month in advance, but I actually haven't looked ahead at future lessons. I just want to take one lesson at a time. My best friend always says "Slow and Steady Wins the race" That is me. I am way more of a tortoise than hare. And that is fine by me!
Again, I want say that I am just a mom. I don't get paid to write anything. All the information and opinions are mine. Do not buy this program without doing all your research. I am an imperfect person who makes mistakes, but I would never purposefully mislead someone or purposefully give false information. Call CRAH and talk to the staff (I did twice) or visit the website.
it's time...dun dun dun
Two huge boxes arrived, I signed for them (can't go back now) and now the learning can begin.
Nervous and excited pretty much sums it up.
The huge box was my machine from JM Steno. As I previously posted, I chose the WAVE paperless writer.
It was packaged nicely surrounded with foam. It came with a black rolling suitcase that was is great shape. I like that it has a lock built in. Also, it included a tripod.
The smaller box was all my manuals, cd's, and paperwork from CRAH. They also included a walkman, which brought me back to the nineties. I am sure I will use it, but I just haven't seen one in many years, my hubby was amazed they still make them.
Back to business, everything is pretty straight forward, I organized my binders and set up my machine.
When I bought my CRAH program, the guy (Steven) told me to email support when I received all my materials, I did that, and got a response almost instantaneously. They also emailed me my login information for the website. I was curious to see the website, and I will admit, it isn't anything special. It is a whole list of video tutorials for me to watch...and that is it. I guess it doesn't need to be anymore than that, and maybe down the road they will expand it. The videos are nice quality, don't get me wrong. But it is very basic.
It would be nice to see a forum or a FAQ section. It would be cool to connect with the other students. I am sure they get a lot of repeating questions...I don't know. My previous online school platforms were from bigger schools with bigger budgets and a bigger number enrolled students. So I guess I shouldn't expect CRAH to match University of Virginia.
There are cd lessons and online lessons. Online for those of us that can do it from home with internet, but cd lessons for those who do not have internet access or maybe do schooling on the go. I want to say when I spoke to Steven, he mentioned they are moving away from paper binders and going online with the lessons. I am not 100% though.
Me being me, I have my own binder with dividers and paper for me to write down notes. I learn best by writing things down after reading a section or watching a video.
This isn't my first online school experience. I have attended San Diego State and University of Virginia online. Everyone learns differently, I need to write it down to remember it. My head is always swimming with school drop-off / pick-up times, son's medication schedule, speech times and dates, etc. I need to write everything down or else it falls off into the abyss.
Okay, okay, I will get on with it and actually start lesson one.
If anyone has questions, email me!
I will post about theory lessons in the Lessons 1-20 section at the top
Cheers to new beginnings
Well, It's been done.
After bouncing all my ideas and scenarios off my hubby and sister, I have decided on the Court Reporting at Home program.
I bought the program and the WAVE writer to the tune of $5650.00
I called (again) and the nice gentleman on the other line (Steven) talked me off the edge.
I over think things sometimes, okay, almost all the time. I am a detail person, what can I say?
So, now instead on nerves, I feel excited to start!
CRAH now offers the PROcat Blaze. (Another $300) The student version of the Impression.
Although it does have a touch screen and tilting tripod, I still went with the Wave. The Wave is the student version of the Diamante. The same machine my sister has. I thought it would be best, since she will be helping me out from time to time.
My machine and materials should be here in the next 2 weeks. I will post more as soon as I open the box. and can thumb through everything.
So far my impression is that this program will work for those who have the five D's
I have read that no matter what theory you learn, learn it frontwards, backwards and inside out.
I do believe that Stenomaster is an excellent theory, but the program was just too expensive and they just do not have a complete program like CRAH. Selfstudycourtreporting.com was sold to this lady, it was not through Mark. Plus, his new books will be coming out shortly, so who knows when this gal will get the new copies. I will probably join his Magnum Steno Club at some point. If I need help with speed building. I do not doubt his talent. His wife informed me that this was for more advanced students, not those fresh out of theory.
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