I’m posting a spreadsheet that I use to track my reading progress (screen shot at left), in case there are any people out there who are like me and enjoy seeing a snapshot of their learning progress, etc.
Each line item refers to a paragraph of shorthand in one of the texts (right now I’m pulling from the Anniv. Manual, Fundamental Drills and the Functional Method.) I add new lines to the spreadsheet as I progress through each chapter.
When I sit down to practice reading, I can sort the sheet and see what sections are taking me the longest to read, and I can work on those. I also added data bars (Excel 2007) which help me see how my speeds compare to each other. They’re also useful in comparing the lengths of various passages.
If I re-read a passage and my time improves, I update the sheet and re-sort it by WPM. This may not be something every shorthand learner would be interested to use, but I’ve attached a copy if you want to play around with it. It’s very helpful to me in determining how well I’m retaining the material that I’m learning.