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  1. I don't know if this has been answered yet, as I am going backwards through old posts. I've seen Gregg shorthand workbooks for sale on Amazon. I was just wondering what they are like. Anyone know?

    1. The workbooks are roughly like this: they give you a batch of outlines for "evolution drills," for example, they show the outline for "remit" and you have to write "remits, remitted, remittance" in shorthand.

      Then they give you some short sentences written in shorthand and require you to spell and define certain underlined outlines.

      There is one exceptional workbook. "Shorthand Workbook, a self-teaching course" (with EM 720 printed on the front cover) is a good workbook for people trying to learn the Anniversary version of Gregg. It was printed in 1943 as part of the war effort. It shows up on eBay frequently.

    2. That Civil Service workbook is very odd! It's nothing like the workbooks published by Gregg/McGraw-Hill, which were professionally produced and included good models of shorthand outlines–even if redundant for the material in the textbooks.

  2. I don't think the workbooks were used very much in actual shorthand classes . . . usually the textbook and a steno pad were all that was needed. I think in my high school shorthand class we might have gotten a workbook, but I don't remember doing anything with it. I suspect they were just part of the marketing approach–providing more materials in a variety of formats.

    The workbooks certainly don't provide any new information or new material that wouldn't be available in the textbooks.

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