Hi Everyone! My quick Hello . . .

I’ve moved over from the MSN Group crowd and I’m currently trying to learn Gregg Simplified. Any Simplified writers out here? Also, if you have any ideas on how to study, I’d appreciate it. I’ve read that you should practice everyday for at least 30 minutes. I understand that you don’t start writing until a bit later, but when do you know it’s time to move on to the next lesson? Is there any where I could find like tests? Thanks!! This group is awesome!

(by moonlyt for everyone)

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  1. Nobody commented on this yet?

    Yes, daily practise for short periods is better than overdoing it than letting it stagnate. The successful writers here did that.

    When to start writing varies with the text you use. Some here used the Fundamentals books, which present the theory in the same order, but with many more shorthand plates. I don't have that book, but I rather like the method. The way I did it (start copying from day one) led to some bad habits. I didn't know there were three lengths in the t/d/td series, and to this day my D is most of the line rather than half, and t is too long as well.

    When to move on is a good question. I set myself a goal of 85 wpm by the end of the book, and divided that evenly between chapters. I try to copy out the word list and all the shorthand paragraphs once from the text to the left column, then from that column to the right column (thereby checking my own penmanship), then work a passage up to my goal for that chapter. Lots of reading is also good. Read out loud or drag your finger along, so you know if you're hesitating. You should be able to read a passage twice as fast as you hope to write it.

    Try to avoid bad habits while learning. Work on form and speed on alternate takes, and always end a session with a slower but clean take, since that's what your hand remembers. (Music teachers also recommend this.)

    I hate word lists. I find them boring. But, I hear they're useful.

    Experiment with different pens and paper, to find something you like. I find some pens highlight some problems more than others. Water based shows hesitation. 0.3mm pencil shows if I'm pressing too hard.

    Hope this is enough to get you started!

  2. Glad I could help.

    I just re-read my comment. "Alternate takes" was badly expressed. You might want to do several takes working on one, then several more working on the other. Just don't ignore one in favour of the other — it's hard to unlearn bad habits, whether they affect speed or accuracy.

    Once you know the theory and are are up to 80wpm, try these posts:

    Factors of Shorthand Speed http://greggshorthand.multiply.com/journal/item/1159/Methods_of_Attacking_the_shorthand_speed_barrier

    http://greggshorthand.multiply.com/journal/item/1159/Methods_of_Attacking_the_shorthand_speed_barrier

    Swem wrote A Systematic Speed Course for Advanced Writers, which has a system (of daily practise) for theory review and breaking speed barriers. I can't find it in the new group, but have a copy downloaded.

  3. Probably the most important thing about learning shorthand is summarized by this phrase: "Mastery before speed." This refers to learning the lesson well before going forward to new lessons, and well means backwards and forwards. Also, always review old material before starting new material. If you follow this simple rule, you will not have any problems whatsoever.

    Welcome to the group.

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