If you wish to help others who are learning, I invite you to offer
something of your own experience of learning and using shorthand.
Everything already on my websites is taken from my own past,
learning at home and college, and office employment, but obviously
just one person's experiences cannot cover everything.
This is your
opportunity to pass on a nugget or two of your experience that may
help today's learners, who may not have the benefit of a teacher to
guide them as we older writers did in the years when shorthand was
of the following would be of interest:
Advice for beginners and learners
Anything that helped
you or you have discovered worked well when learning or using
shorthand in real life, techniques, attitude, mindset,
Difficulties you had and how they were overcome
Advice to left-handers
my YOU CAN HELP FORM hosted on the Bravenet site
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I receive into the absolute bare basics of information and in my own
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whatsoever or shared with anyone. This means there will be a delay
between receiving messages and generating useful
entries. Please note the items will not be a forum type
No personal replies will be undertaken, so I would like to thank you now in
advance for taking the time and effort to contribute to help those
who are learning.
Someone has asked for help as a
complete beginner. As the enquirer needs the skill immediately for
legal work, I advise them to get through all the theory as quickly
as possible, and this will require a firm and consistent schedule of
working through the instruction book. Each chapter builds upon the
previous one, so the earlier matter automatically gets revised as
the next chapter is taken on. Concentrate on just one section of
each chapter at a time, and write out all the outlines, saying them
out loud, so that the sound is associated with the outline. It is
the action of writing and saying that gets it learned most
effectively. Do not stint on filling lots of pads with practise
outlines and sentences.
Although there will be the
temptation to make up outlines, which turn out to be written
differently once a new rule is presented, it is important to only
use those outlines that are given, until the course book is
completed, and then always look up any others in the shorthand
dictionary, so that nothing has to be unlearned and the shorthand
remains reliable and readable. The frustrations of limited knowledge
in the early stages will soon pass, but are greatly outweighed by
the longer term benefits of writing as fast as people speak. (BP)
While still writing at the top
of the page, use the other hand to lift one of the bottom corners of
the notepad page, ready to turn it over quickly, so no time is lost.
Draw the margin on the right
hand side of the notepad page instead of the left side, to reduce
the travel of the left hand.
If using a spine bound notebook,
use it from back to front, with the spine on the right, out of the
way of your left hand.