- Passion: The machine must become your passion. A court reporting student must be consumed with practice. I liken court reporting to becoming a professional athlete. It takes practice, practice, and more practice. You have to become “one with the machine.”
- No excuses: (Part 1) There cannot be any excuses for missing school or not practicing at home. Becoming a court reporter takes a lot of time and effort. That is just the way it is. To get out of school, you have to be disciplined.
- No excuses: (Part 2) I would hate to hear a court reporting student whining about the test(s) being too fast or too hard or the reader not being clear enough. You just have to put your head down and write.
- Plateaus: Most students reach a speed they can’t seem to get out of. I was in the 160-180 class for six months because of a distraction (boy). Do not beat yourself up if you are stuck in a speed. Instead, shift your mindset. When you go to school, practice being “in the moment.” Put all of your energy and attention to school and what you are doing. This is a great habit for when you pass your licensing test and are in the real world. There will always be distractions. The skill is learning to turn it off.
- Energy: From what I recollect, and I hear it is still true today, there are people at court reporting schools who are not happy and therefore want everyone around them to be unhappy. They congregate in groups in the break or lunch rooms and play the blame game for why they are not out of the particular speed or out of school. GET AWAY FROM THOSE PEOPLE – THEY ARE POISON. Hang around the teachers if you need interaction with people. Better yet, at breaks, play some happy music with your IPOD, take a walk around the building, breathe, come back in, and sit and write the words of the song you are listening to on your machine. Listen to energizing music. (In court reporting school I had a theme song, Frank Sinatra’s, “The Best is Yet to Come.” I played it every morning before school dreaming of when I would be a court reporter.)
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