January 16th, 2014. The day I finished theory. As students, this is a big milestone. Support asked for how many hours I get in on MOST days. They are sending me a schedule of what to practice and for how long to practice it. I will add a new tab at the top for speed building, and make it similar to the theory section. As soon as I know my schedule and start, I will post an update. Wish me luck!
Numbers, numbers, and punctuating numbers. This is lesson 20. Our FINAL theory lesson. I was so excited to start this lesson. I can't believe the time has come to finish theory and move on to the world of speed building. It starts by introducing the number bar and combining the numbers. Then it goes into punctuation. Two different decimal points, hyphens, slashes, another comma just for numbers, apostrophes, dollar and cents symbols, and lastly, punctuating and writing time. It is quite easy to master the number bar. Actually, the whole lesson isn't terribly difficult. The hardest part for me was the time section. We have to memorize at new set of written numbers (First, second, tenth) It is a great time to review all your numbers.
I actually started 19 awhile ago. Since my desktop stopped working, i have been out of the habit of posting to my blog. I haven't forgotten about you, i promise! Lesson 19 is a big one. It gives a ton of new arbitraries to learn...yippee!!! It also gives you a practice of soundalike words, and punctuation. We have already been introduced to some punctuation, but this is more in depth. When we take our skills test, we will be graded on correct punctuation. So, it is more than just memorizing a semi-colon, we also need to know WHEN to use said semi-colon. We have time still, thank you Jesus. But it is on my list to start reading up on correct grammar. My sister gave me the Gregg Reference Manual. I haven't quite gotten to it, but it is on my list. Lastly, we are introduced to finger spelling. C.I.A., USA, NATO...etc. Also, finger spelling names, when the name is uncommon or there could be more than one way to spell it. This is a long audio drill. 40+ minutes. I am still using my flash card app, briefapedia, and steno lookup app. I mostly refer to the arbitraries list in our manual, but sometimes there is not an arbitrary for a word. This is where my steno lookup app or briefapedia comes in handy. Corporation. It isn't listed in our manual, but i want a brief. I write on my machine what i think it could be, then look at the two apps to see what others use. Then check for conflicts. When my software is in place and running it will check for me. But for now, i cross check my flashcard app. I have, over time added briefs that are my own to my flash card app. This is why i check against the app and not the manual. I have every CRAH arbitrary in there plus my own. Today i am officially moving on to twenty...Yep, 20! Before i dive into my final theory lesson, i am going to thumb through the entire manual. Lesson one to 19. I want to review everything. I feel confident, but it won't hurt to spend time reviewing. I know I have forgotten things already. As always, please do not hesitate to email me, or comment. I am sorry for the absence. Good luck everyone!!!