Learning strategies


since I read the manuals, I have a routine about learning… more or less the same.

I’m wondering about a word, the way it has been drawn and I want to check it and I’m looking for it in the manuals. If I can find it, I transcribe the whole text with the word in it into Gregg and then I look at the correction. I copy the mispelled forms. And then after a while, I repeat the same exercice… hopefully with less mistakes.

Do you have a learning routine to share?


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  1. Christine,

    I have a routine that puts me in three different places in the manual (Gregg Shorthand Manual Simplified, 2nd edition) at the same time.  I read the manual, covering up the printed examples for brief forms and families of words and trying to interpret the corresponding outlines, and, reading the shorthand passages.  I'm up to paragraph 90 doing that.  The writing part of my routine involves two steno pads.  In one, I write the example words from the manual in longhand and transcribe the shorthand passages to longhand.  There is nothing but longhand in that pad.  I am up to paragraph 64 with that.  In the other steno pad I transcribe the longhand from the first steno pad, into shorthand on the left side of the pages.  Then I check my work against the manual and: (a) practice writing the outlines I get wrong on the right side of the steno pad pages, and, (b) add (most of) the outlines I get wrong to my Memrise course (which I use to study those outlines briefly 2-3 times per day).  I am up to paragraph 54 with that.  On Saturdays I try to post a note in shorthand to this forum and read the feedback (which I greatly appreciate!).  I put the (hopefully) correct rendition of at least some of the outlines I get wrong in those notes, in the Memrise course.  Before I write my Saturday note I reread the feedback on the preceding note in hopes of avoiding repeating the mistakes I made in that one.

    Aside from that, I skim ahead in the manual from time to time and poke around in gregg-shorthand.com looking for pointers and trying (so far without much success) to read some of the shorthand posted there.


    1. This is actually very good! Actually, I would add that since you’re still learning, make sure that when you poke around the reading selections, take a look at the ones written in Simplified Gregg for now, so that you don’t get confused with other series (they have the “simplified” tag).

  2. What a comprehensive feedback… I was wondering whether my question was badly worded.
    I also often read a short shorthand text while heating up my milk in the morning… (I wouldn’t have time to do anything else anyway.)
    I’m pleased by doing these routines and miss them when I don’t do them.

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