Practice drill sheets

Hello all! This is my first post so I’ll start with an introduction and then move on to my questions…

I’ve got some serious intentions on picking up Gregg short hand. I’m an admin assistant and also a part time massage therapist. The usefulness of shorthand at the office job is obvious but I’m also hoping to use it to make take medical notes; does is anyone aware of a Gregg shorthand publication with an accent on medical note taking?

I’ve also uploaded three documents to the documents section of the site that I was hoping to get some feedback on. I’ve read the first few chapters of my Diamond Jubilee Series (Second Canadian Edition) and done some rough work on my own.

I’m horrible at relative proportions so I drafted up some drill sheets to practice my proportions. Do they look useful for the intended purpose or am I wasting my time. If you have any recommendations I’d love to hear your input.

So to sum up:

1- Medical Gregg?
2- Useful drill sheets?

(by bytowneboy for everyone)

4 comments Add yours
  1. Welcome in!   There are Gregg medical texts for DJS — and in fact, there are three on right now!   Here's a link:   I ordered one of them myself. There's also a medical dictionary:   Medical Shorthand Dictionary   If you're learning DJS, I'd stick w/ the DJS series of medical text, unless you decide to move to Simplified. There are lots of medical resources for Simplified on ebay and abebooks.   Just for reference: DJS is anything published 1963 to 1977. If it was published by Glencoe McGraw Hill in 1978, it's Series 90. If it was published by McGraw Hill before 1963, it'll be Simplified.   I prefer the old fashioned designation "secretary" but get frowned on. I'm an "admin assistant", too.   Good luck with your studies.

  2. Regarding drill sheets, you have the right idea.  They are very useful for penmanship.  Just a couple of pointers:   1.  The space between lines is exactly 1/3".   2.  For penmanship, take the space between the lines and divide it in two.  Then take the lower space and divide it in half.  So at the end you should have something that looks like this:   top line       _____________________________________   mid space   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 1/4 space   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ bottom line _____________________________________   The two solid lines are the regular lines in a Gregg-ruled steno pad (1/3 inch).   3.  The proportions are for consonants:   S, Sh, T, and Th are written between bottom and 1/4 space. P, F, Ch, D, and Nt blend are written between bottom and 1/2 space. B, V, J, Ted blend, and Mt blend are written between bottom line and top line.   and for vowels:   U, O, E: bottom – 1/4 space A, I: bottom – 1/2 space   It may be hard at the beginning to write within the space, but with practice you get used to it and can keep proportions.   I have attached a file with a pdf of Gregg-ruled penmanship paper that I created myself.  You can cut it to 6 x 9 size.   I hope this helps.

    Attachment: penmanship.pdf

  3. I have a book (anniversary) that has penmanship drills at the beginning of each lesson.  It is similar to what you're doing.  Taking 2 or 3 (sometimes 4) similar outlines and working on those.  Then taking 2 or 3 similar outlines and working on those.  In The book there are 5 sentences at the beginning of each lesson.  The instructions are to practice one line of penmanship for each chapter in the lesson. So penmanship drills, in addition to other practice, is a good idea. Debbi

  4. Hi fellows,
    I have some problems with my shorthand penmanship:when I first met Gregg Shorthand, because a friend of mine had learnt it; she only wrote the basic strokes for me to learn it, but she didn't explain them well. So, I could write a "tn blend" and "a dn blend" with different strokes (I'll try to scan some examples); and also, a "tm blend" and "a dm blend". Besides, I knew Pitman, so I didn't know how important is "slant" for Gregg penmanship, so my Greggites Vs seemed enlarged Pitmannian S.

    I cannot write a T-D blend without stopping at writing the T and then the D strokes, because I could write a TD blend, differently from a DT blend. The same thing with MN blend.

    So, I have to erase my hard disk and start again with a right penmanship.

    My two cents,


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