I have returned

Well, I’m done with Finals and christmas (I got an A on all of them, whee!) and soon I shall resume my study of Gregg. I am currently at my Uncle’s house and I’m showing him the manual.

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  1. Gratz on your grades!

    Now, time to hit the shorthand books.

    I should talk, because life has handed me some lemons the past few days (my partner is in I.C.U. the past few days, my car dies, my cat is sick) — Ugh… So I've been taken away from my studies for a while. Still waiting on my 2nd edition FM from Germany (Thanks Philip).

    But, very glad U did great on your finals. I forget, which Gregg system will U be studying?

    1. That's how we learn anything when we don't have a teacher — which is most of what we learn in life. Trial and error. Successful people make more tries, check themselves quickly, and use what they learn for the next attempt — and repeat. Often, we don't know the best way to learn something until after we've learned it.

      They also learn to find, and evaluate, teachers. It's rare you'll find one who has all the skills — knows the subject, discovers and fixes the problems you have (vs the ones he had), and keeps you enthusiastic. Fortunately, this group has people who excel in each of those skills.

    2. When they laugh at you and call you crazy, just smile and walk away.

      I also was in high school when I learned shorthand, and like you, learned it on my own. Although at the time it was not unusual to learn or know shorthand, my school didn't have any business courses. It helped me tremendously in college. Of course, I probably had the best class notes around, and didn't need a tape recorder for the lectures. I smiled every time someone asked me for my notes: "sure, help yourself … if you can read them." Having just pen and paper to take notes is a tremendous advantage.

    3. Ah yes… I only learned shorthand a few years ago, and am still slow at ~80-90 wpm, but hey, I can take good notes. They used to call me the smartest kid in the school, so they wanted to copy my notes, which were of course in shorthand. You know what they said.

      The one question most of them asked me would be, "Why do you want to learn this?" I simply answered that it would just be another thing to know.

    4. I've told them that it would be useful for notes. They still find me weird. On the other hand one day in earth science the teacher was late to the class and the other students were like "hey Brenna, you wanna be our teacher?"

    5. I was considered extremely weird in high school; those were some of the worst years of my life. College was a completely different story, however. It was the first place where I finally found other people I could relate to and interact with on the same level. Now I have a family and a decent career where I get to work with my fellow nerds. They may not be as interested in learning shorthand as I am, but they have their own quirky interests and we all respect each other for it.

      I wish I'd started learning shorthand in high school but I had no idea it existed at the time. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get it down. As much as I wanted to jump into using it right away, I held off until I learned the last alphabetic stroke, which was about halfway through the manual (I'm learning Simplified.)

      Good luck on your studies!

    6. Brenna, I gave an account of what Gregg shorthand did for my 2nd round of college here: http://greggshorthand.blogspot.com/2012/11/progress-report.html?showComment=1354394856994#c2999266411123065149

      I was reluctant to post that, as I was afraid it would appear that I was blowing my own horn–I was really blowing a horn for Dr. Gregg! I went ahead and posted it because I felt that others should know the BIG difference Dr. Gregg's system made for me.

      Just keep at it! People laugh because it's something they can't do. As is stated in the Proverbs, ". . . who can stand before envy?"

      But if you keep going, then by the time you're in college you'll be astounded at the difference, not only in your own capability at effective note-taking, but also in your confidence–which is of paramount importance.

      Then, when the report cards are issued, I guarantee that it is YOU who will be the one laughing!

  2. I forget who it was here that said to study your current lesson until you THOROUGHLY have it and understand it before you move on to the next lesson.

    Once things in my life settle down and get back to a somewhat "normal" state I will most likely push back a few lessons in order to "refresh" and get back up to where I was in my lessons (I'm using the Functional Method).

    @CricketB – Thanks for the positive thoughts. Still in ICU but getting better. Going back and forth to the hospital every day really wears ya out.

    1. If you mean MASTERY BEFORE SPEED, that would be me and Carlos quoting me. 🙂

      I'm old enough that I could have taken DJ in high school but that was something a guy just did NOT do. Period. So I was self taught. Like Carlos, I had excellent notes in college and never bothered to transcribe them. I have never regretted the time and effort I put into learning shorthand since it has re-paid me. Learning shorthand was probably one of the best decisions I ever made.

    2. That's really neat to know, Marc. And I hope to feel that way, too, someday when I become fluent in Simplified.

      When I was in High School the only system they offered (in my senior year) was a "speed writing" system. Not sure what it was called exactly. Maybe it was called Speed Writing. It was based off of the regular alphabet with a few Gregg strokes thrown in for good measure. Since it was a new class offering during my senior year I was only able to take 2 semesters of it before graduating. My high school never offered any form for Gregg.

    3. Mine offered Forkner, but maths and sciences filled my schedule by then.

      I loved high school. I was an over-achiever in class and had many outside interests. I also read a few too many "popular girls are mean and eventually fail, nice girl makes good in the long run" books.

  3. Forkner… never heard of that system.

    I absolutely HATED high school. It was probably one of the worst times of my life. I was picked on very bad. I only hung out with 4 other people throughout my 4 years of high school. Graduation couldn't have come quick enough for me.

    I never finished college, when I followed my dream of being a flight attendant and traveling the world instead. I don't regret it at all for it was a wonderful experience, but at times I do wish I had some sort of degree. Oh well, at least I don't have student loans – LOL.

  4. IIRC I was the only guy that took that Speed Writing class that was a new offering at my high school back in 1988. It was taught by the same teacher that taught typing in our school so she was really nice and made the class fun.

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