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Registration is open for Online Skills Tests and the Written Knowledge Tests. We love this inspiration that Laura Lander...
06/03/2020

Registration is open for Online Skills Tests and the Written Knowledge Tests. We love this inspiration that Laura Landerman, RDR, CRR, posted:
I remember graduating in 1986 and immediately signing up for the RPR. I set that goal, attained it, and then immediately started working toward my RMR, and on it went.
I hope each of you will also set the same goals and always strive for that next level.
**With speed comes cleaner writing and more confidence.
**With cleaner writing comes less editing time.
**With less editing time comes more pages you get out.
**With more pages out comes more income.
Follow that philosophy and you’ll be fast, proficient, have more time for friends and family, make more money and will absolutely love this career. I sure have!
http://ow.ly/NeLc50zXHPY

Save the date for the NCRA Stenopalooza May 2!More details will be coming soon.
04/05/2020

Save the date for the NCRA Stenopalooza May 2!
More details will be coming soon.

Thank you to student NCRA member Cristina Ameel for this great idea!She attached an emergency light to the door to warn ...
03/25/2020

Thank you to student NCRA member Cristina Ameel for this great idea!
She attached an emergency light to the door to warn the family when she is busy.
She said, "This little red light has been invaluable for keeping the fam out when I'm taking a test!"

Happy Pi Day!
03/14/2020

Happy Pi Day!

The National Court Reporters Foundation has announced the winner of Stenograph’s Milton H. Wright Memorial Scholarship. ...
03/07/2020

The National Court Reporters Foundation has announced the winner of Stenograph’s Milton H. Wright Memorial Scholarship. Lisa Wurtinger, a student at Anoka Technical College in Anoka, Minn., will receive the merit-based two-year award, which is worth up to $5,000 per year and will include use of a student writer and software.
http://ow.ly/ipli50yCNtX

We love this post we found on Instagram! NCRA student members Shelby Brown, Emily Deutsch, and Lisa Wurtinger, aka @sten...
02/29/2020

We love this post we found on Instagram! NCRA student members Shelby Brown, Emily Deutsch, and Lisa Wurtinger, aka @stentrilogy, are all students at Anoka Tech in Minnesota.

From @stentrilogy
Yesterday Lisa was surprised by a gift from her son: a writer made out of popsicle sticks and hot glue! Sometimes we don’t get the support we think we need but we do get support in the way people know how to give it. #courtreporting #courtreportingstudent #stenography #stenolife

Two scholarships are open for applications right now!NCRA CASE Student Scholarship NCRA A to Z® Scholarshiphttp://ow.ly/...
02/28/2020

Two scholarships are open for applications right now!
NCRA CASE Student Scholarship
NCRA A to Z® Scholarship
http://ow.ly/7i4k50yvQU1

NCRA Member Paige Hanson posted this recently in the Encouraging Court Reporting Students Facebook group with the commen...
02/22/2020

NCRA Member Paige Hanson posted this recently in the Encouraging Court Reporting Students Facebook group with the comment, "When you have a newborn but are two 225 QA tests away from finishing CR school. Do what you have to do!"
Hanson is a student at the College of Court Reporting and lives in Cooperstown, N.D.

Spend some time this week listening to the second episode of Confessions of a Stenographer.Shaunise Day interviews Joe S...
02/10/2020

Spend some time this week listening to the second episode of Confessions of a Stenographer.
Shaunise Day interviews Joe Strickland, RPR, CRR, CRC, a freelancer in Washington D.C. and former official reporter with the U.S. House of Representatives. #CRCW20
http://ow.ly/tacW50ygL4t

Today is the beginning of 2020 Court Reporting & Captioning Week!Check out our resources, and tell us how you are celebr...
02/08/2020

Today is the beginning of 2020 Court Reporting & Captioning Week!
Check out our resources, and tell us how you are celebrating. #CRCW20 #discoversteno
http://ow.ly/MFWL50yex4I

Click to read the response sent by NCRA to national news outlets in response to recent comments made on MSNBC.http://ow....
02/05/2020

Click to read the response sent by NCRA to national news outlets in response to recent comments made on MSNBC.
http://ow.ly/gv5t50ydOrm

Jamie Booker, RPR, a freelance reporter in Tacoma, Wash., recently posted the following in the Facebook group Encouragin...
01/27/2020

Jamie Booker, RPR, a freelance reporter in Tacoma, Wash., recently posted the following in the Facebook group Encouraging Court Reporting Students: "Why is court reporting an amazing profession? Maybe you'll see yourself in my story. I started court reporting school at 20 years old with a one-year-old baby. I had to do something to better our lives, and I'm thankful every day I found court reporting."
http://ow.ly/BxbM50y26Ko

From the birth of a Skills Test to its activation for our candidates, it involves quite a lengthy process and many peopl...
01/09/2020

From the birth of a Skills Test to its activation for our candidates, it involves quite a lengthy process and many people. Click on the link to find out more,
http://ow.ly/N0nd50xQi9u

Check out the Toolkit created by the NCRA STRONG Task Force! The Toolkit brings you a number of documents and presentati...
01/08/2020

Check out the Toolkit created by the NCRA STRONG Task Force!
The Toolkit brings you a number of documents and presentations that will help you advocate for the court reporting and captioning professions.

Protect your clients
Protect your case
Protect yourself
http://ow.ly/SP2J50xQ5s4

Nominations are open for this scholarship. Students from NCRA-approved reporter education programs are encouraged to app...
01/03/2020

Nominations are open for this scholarship. Students from NCRA-approved reporter education programs are encouraged to apply for this merit-based two-year award, which is worth up to $5,000 per year and will include use of a student writer and software.
http://ow.ly/uwTy50xMrAw

Nominations are open for this scholarship. Students from NCRA-approved reporter education programs are encouraged to app...
12/15/2019

Nominations are open for this scholarship. Students from NCRA-approved reporter education programs are encouraged to apply for this merit-based two-year award, which is worth up to $5,000 per year and will include use of a student writer and software.
http://ow.ly/Vsnt50xrNf6

Registration is open for aspiring court reporters to test in January 2020 for a new certification, the Registered Skille...
12/12/2019

Registration is open for aspiring court reporters to test in January 2020 for a new certification, the Registered Skilled Reporter. This designation will recognize stenographic professionals who are looking to validate their beginning level of competency.
http://ow.ly/Yof850xxzaE

Nominations are open for this scholarship. Students from NCRA-approved reporter education programs are encouraged to app...
12/09/2019

Nominations are open for this scholarship. Students from NCRA-approved reporter education programs are encouraged to apply for this merit-based two-year award, which is worth up to $5,000 per year and will include use of a student writer and software.
http://ow.ly/PiOE50xrN1R

Court Reporting student Melaina Bell isn't letting much get in the way of her learning - not a move to Ireland, temporar...
12/03/2019

Court Reporting student Melaina Bell isn't letting much get in the way of her learning - not a move to Ireland, temporary housing or a program that starts at 2 a.m.

http://ow.ly/c5Rj50xlkRq

Professional pop quiz: how will you answer when you're asked the tough questions on the job? http://ow.ly/amHj50xllkQ
12/02/2019

Professional pop quiz: how will you answer when you're asked the tough questions on the job?

http://ow.ly/amHj50xllkQ

Thanks to NCRA Immediate Past President Sue Terry, FAPR, RPR, CRR, CRC, who sent these amazing chocolates to the Foundat...
12/02/2019

Thanks to NCRA Immediate Past President Sue Terry, FAPR, RPR, CRR, CRC, who sent these amazing chocolates to the Foundation staff!

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If you're a student or a working reporter who is interested in a QA session with a couple of people that work full-time primarily in remote CART, please shoot me a message or respond here with a comment. I've offered to host a webinar for a group at my court reporting alma mater, Argonaut/CAJ in Sacramento, looking at either this upcoming weekend or another weekend in the near future. Josh Foley and I are hoping to find some people interested in the basics - what does a day in the life look of a working remote CART captioner look like? How do you transition from school or from the field of litigation reporting into CART? What does your screen look like at work? What can I do now to prepare for the future if this is a direction I hope to go in someday? How will I know if I'm ready to reach out to captioning firms? We would host a Zoom session in the late morning/early afternoon on a Saturday or Sunday, and if you're interested, we'd love to know some dates that work well for you.
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I don't write or share much in this group, since I have my own group to manage, but thought I'd share with students in here. As follows: Students!!! How are we doing so far this week? Good? Frustrated?? Still excited?? So over this choice? LOL Sure, the emotions run crazy in this journey. One day you're on top of the world and then the next day you are getting verbally abused by the dictation. Yep, I've been there in the exact same shoes as all of you have been or might be currently at. Just hang in there. Don't get frustrated. Stay the course. Now, talking about an issue that I see asked about often are the theories and will you ever be able to master them. You're going to master them, whatever your theory is. Please try not to over-think the theory or the briefs or what you have to memorize. Yes, it's going to be a lot. Sure, ask questions and let those that are in the field or ahead of you, but especially those in the field, chime in and maybe explain what you're asking about. But please don't get frustrated with something like this: "Oh, there's SO much to learn and so many briefs!! Should I try to learn them all or should I not??!!!" No, just let them come at you. What's important is when you are writing is that you stay on top of the speaker. I feel that the more you can brief things, be it words or phrases, the faster you can write. Here's why: If you can hit the keys only 4 strokes for each second and do that for a minute, you're stroking at 240 strokes per minute. If each of those strokes are words only, you're writing at exactly 240 WPM. If you're only able to hit the keys at three strokes per second, you're hitting the keys at 180 strokes per minute. If each of those strokes are words only, you're writing at exactly 180 WPM. If you're able to hit the keys at three strokes per second, you're again at 180 strokes per minute, but, if you can now suddenly turn each stroke into say two words per stroke, now you're at, what, 360 WPM??? See, 180 times two gets you to 360 Now, we all know that no one actually writes consistent for 8 hours a day at two or three strokes per second ALL....DAY....LONG. LOL I can assure you, it will feel like that sometimes and I, along with all of my other colleagues, will tell you that is so. LOL In reality, you may only average over the course of a day around 150 to 180, sometimes maybe a bit higher, but that's just because the software will average out the whole day and kinda give you a rough idea of how fast it was. There will be sections where you will definitely write a LOT faster than other times. Then, you'll write a question and answer series that will be slow as molasses. :) So the point here is you want to balance between being able to stay on top of the speaker with briefing and phrasing that allows you to write fast, but you don't want to struggle with remembering every single thing in your theory right now in school. It will come to you. I still struggle with certain word combos and I'm going to show you here a series that I still just have a VERY hard time writing on guilty pleas: "...that he is sane, that he's entering such plea of his on free will, his on free act, without any throats, promises or coercion of any kind." This is how it should read after I will edit it: "...that he is sane, that he's entering such plea of his own free will, his own free act, without any threats, promises, or coercion of any kind." "Wait a minute, Breck!!! I thought you got everything perfectly since you're a certified reporter and a merit reporter and certified in realtime??!!! What???" I'm human and we all have our days. :) That's right, we ALL have our days. LOL "...his own free will" and "his own free act" tear me up all the time. LOL And I've been reporting for over 35 years!!!! Go figure. It's just that little fingering combination. Now, since I hear that all the time, what I might want to do now is maybe make a stroke or strokes to make that tran perfectly all the time, because my judge says it exactly the same every single time during a guilty plea. Exactly the same! That's a perfect example of something I might want to phrase up and brief. If you're in school, that is a prime example of something you do NOT want to phrase up because you will probably never hear that during a test or be able to even anticipate that coming up on a test. But what will come up on a test are other shorter phrases that you can brief up and phrase and there are a whole bunch of them and you will want to learn them as you progress through school. And....if a phrase isn't working for you and it's jamming you up??? Well, let it go and get those words instead of pausing to remember something and then miss the next four or five words. During testing, selective dropping will be the difference between you passing a test or not passing a test. For instance if you heard something like: "....prospective witnesses came up to testify on behalf of the state." "Prospective" jams you up because you "just know there is a shortcut for that word. So you hear the word, you pause and then remember, "Oh, yeah, it's PR*EUF!!!! I nailed it!!!!" "Oh, shoot, what were those next nine or ten words!!!??" Boom!!!!, there went that test because, yeah, you nailed "prospective," but you then missed, "witnesses came up to testify" and then you got, "of the state" and now, "prospective of the state" is all you have and now you think, "Well, maybe that should be 'protective.'" Now, you even missed "prospective." LOL You see where this is going? Too much over-thinking can lead to a lot of problems and things you need to not have happen. So now you have heard and written...."all the witnesses came up to testify on behalf of the state." You missed "prospective" but you didn't miss the other several words you might have missed had you paused and nailed "prospective." That's only one error instead of a LOT of errors. Yes, you DO want to get it all down and when you're in the field, you have more control over that. But when you're testing, you can't stop and say, "Dictation person, can you repeat what you just said? I didn't get that or hear that." You try that and you'll get the dagger stare from all of your other colleagues in the room. LOL Or if you're online, you will see all the others on camera or even hear a HUGE sigh as if to say to YOU: "Seriously???!!!! Oh, no, she did NOT just do that!!!!" LOL Sometime, sit at the machine and for just one minute, I want you to hit some set of keys as many times as you can for exactly one minute and then go back and count the number of strokes you made and divide it by 60. That will show you what you are actually capable of doing. You might hit the Q bank and then the A bank, but do it as many times as you can and as FAST as you can for just one minute. Once you see what you are actually capable of doing in that short time span, you will see that you can actually write faster than you are, but your brain and fingers just aren't working together quite yet. :) After you see what you're actually capable of writing very quickly, then you work on that marriage of how many strokes you can do per second versus whether that stroke is a word or part of a word or a phrase and you begin to get your speed and quit over-thinking everything. One last thing to think about is as you're writing on that machine, try to keep your fingers as close to that keyboard as possible so that once the keyboard "recovers" from previous stroke, your fingers are right there ready to hit the next stroke. My diatribe has gone on long enough on this thread. LOL Get on that machine and do your very best. Stenoptimus Prime
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