I'm a CSR!! Well, not technically until I get the #, blah blah.. but I PASSED!!!! Just got the results today, which was a huge surprise because the test was only 3 weeks ago yesterday.

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Comment by Heather on March 16, 2009 at 22:37
Wow thanks again for all the congrats!

Therese - I learned StenEd theory because that's what my school teaches. I've never really looked into other theories so I can't say it's the best, but it's worked for me. It's a realtime theory, which is the most important thing to look for in a theory. One thing I like about it is that all of the three softwares that I've tried have come with StenEd dictionaries, so I didn't have to waste time creating the basics of a dictionary.

I went to a regular school. I'm lucky because my school is part of an adult vocational school that's in the city unified school district, so my tuition is only $600 a year, which is insanely cheap. It's been good for me having someplace I have to go for a dedicated amount of time. Not to mention the support of teachers and friends. I don't think I would have done as well if I had done it from home, but that's just me..and my 2-year-old running around.

I did theory using the 400SRTs that the school provided (only for theory) and then bought a Stentura 8000 off craigslist. I liked it because between theory and 160 I didn't have software, and the on-screen translation let me check if I was writing a word correctly. That was another advantage to StenEd. Stenograph (and maybe others?) has a premade dictionary disk you can load on your writer. You can find good deals here http://www.stenosearch.com/_connect/classified.htm or get one refurbished with a warranty at http://www.acculaw.com/ and http://www.stenotrader.com/

Don't worry about the computerized stuff. Just learn your theory and you will be fine.
Good luck to you and all the other students on this thread!
Comment by Therese on March 16, 2009 at 21:31
Congradualations. I just want to say that I am a returning student. I went to CR school back in 1989, had to quit do to certain issues. So, basically I am a little scared, with all this new computerized technology they have now. I was just wondering what theory you learned on and did you do on-line schooling or attend a regular school. I learned on the Merit theory which basically nobody as heard of. So again good luck and congradulations. Also, what writer did you learn on? By the way this is a great site, I'm fairly new to it too.
Comment by Angela McPherson on March 16, 2009 at 12:51
Wow! Congratulations to you!!!! I am an online student and it is GREAT to hear when someone passes!! Congrats again!!!
Comment by Angie on March 16, 2009 at 11:09
Comment by Patricia Babits on March 16, 2009 at 10:28
Comment by Jane McGill on March 15, 2009 at 20:46
CONGRATULATIONS! Relish the victory and celebrate all your hard work!
Comment by Jena Macato on March 15, 2009 at 15:44

I knew you could do it, Heather.
Comment by S. Arielle on March 15, 2009 at 15:40
Congratulations!!!! I think I'm speaking for all of us working reporters, that we are hear to answer your questions and to help you out. This is the beginning of a wonderful career!!!! Way to Go!!
Comment by Norma Parrott on March 15, 2009 at 13:44
Comment by Heather on March 15, 2009 at 11:51
Thank you all! I love this site, lol.

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