Study Advice

I’m about half-way through anni, and starting up again after a break. I was able to push passages up to 50wpm before the break.

I was spending way too long on each chapter, writing everything, including the Fundamental Drills, twice. Possibly useful, but not very satisfying.

At this stage:

Is it better to write more at a slower speed, or to drill a few passages to max speed?

When drilling passages, is it better to have several short ones (say one per unit) or one longer one (one per chapter)? It’s easier to build speed for a specific passage if it’s short, but how does this carry over?

Is it worth pushing the passages to my very top speed, or just keep it reasonably fast and move on to the next chapter? I want fluency and confidence in creating useful, readable notes, not court-speed.



(by cricketbeautiful-1 for everyone)

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  1. When I took a class in shorthand the lessons were that we wrote each lesson out (we did have to write the princples, but I think that's a teachers preference).  Letters (yes they were only letters) were written twice, once from the book down one column,when we were done, copied from our own shorthand down antoher column.  Then we typed that up.     Then we took every letter  in dictation (she had tapes from the manufacturer).  This dictation didn't really push us.  For example, one lesson would be 50/60 wpm.  Maybe a very shrot letter went up to 70 or even 80.  But for a few lessons, maybe 2 or 3 or more (I can't remember now), we stayed at 50/60 to get it accurate.  I think this was a good way to do this as we didn't get discouraged easily and we learned every outline from the lesson by taking all the letters.  I think this process was probably the best way to learn (I didn't do it in Gregg as I wanted to skip over some of it) but it did help me as I could transcribe fast and only hestitate very little.    Since you want to be fast, but not court speed fast, and learn it, I would suggest not pushing on one letter over and over at a too high of speed, but doing every letter or article in the lesson.  This will reinforce your learning.   When you are done, you can push for speed as much as you want on short letters to build speed up to what you would like it to be. Debbi

  2. How much material would that be per lesson? In Anni, there are 12 chapters. Each chapter has about

    450 words of shorthand plate
    250 words of text with no outlines
    2000 words in Fundamental Drills book
    2000 words in Graded Readings

    (FD and GR are guesses.)

    I suspect that's way more than you did for each chapter!

    (It's good to know at least one teacher likes my idea of copying from your own writing.)


  3. When I was a student, we would write through the whole lessons.  Practice the theory presentation and then copy the letters.  We only copied them once and we never had to copy the letter from our own shorthand.  I think it's better to copy from the book so that you are constantly reimpressing the correct form of the outlines.    Speedbuilding isn't something you should be concerned about while learning the theory.  The speed will come.  At this point you should concentrate on making sure you can write the words.  Once you complete the theory, you can really begin working for speed.  During theory, I don't recall us getting much faster than 60-80 wpm until the second semester.  At first you should work on the accuracy of execution.    It will also help to go through the theory again as a review when you do start speed work.  You don't necessarily have to copy the material again with the same intensity you did the first time, the more you review, the faster you will become.  It also doesn't hurt to read through the brief form chart frequently.  And change the direction you read from (left to right, top to bottom, end of the list to the beginning of the list).    And you just can't read too much shorthand.  Repetition is the mother of memory.

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