I'm so glad that you had lots of good things to say about Simply Steno. As for your one con -- that they only go up to 200 wpm -- rest assured! They have alleviated that "problem," and now the program goes all the way up to 225 wpm! :)
Yeah, I need the affordable, flexible schedule that an online school can provide. After doing some research for the past several days, it seems like Simply Steno is the best route for me. Marc is very patient and very helpful with all my million-and-one questions! Hehehe.
So in your state, you don't have a CSR/state test? You just need to pass the RPR? If so, VERY AWESOME! And if not, you already passed the RPR, so I'm sure you'll pass your CSR with flying colors, too! :)
I'm in California, so they require us to have our CSR before working as an official. I'm not sure if it's the same requirement to be a freelance reporter, but I believe so.
I plan to take Simply Steno till graduation at 225 wpm, take/pass the RPR, then take/pass the CSR. Then I'll have both an RPR and CSR... with Simply Steno's help!
What do you think? I'd love to know! Thanks! :)
BTW, what kind of work do you do? Freelancer, official, CART, captioner? So happy for your success!
I'm looking into SimplySteno's online program. Could you please tell me your pros and cons for the program? I've always gone to a brick-and-mortar school, and I'm in California. I'll need to pass the CSR in my state, but they say I can take the RPR in order to take the CSR... and SimplySteno focuses on preparing their students to take the RPR in flying colors. Do you feel they do a good job? You really only needed to take their course for a year?
Any help you can give is much appreciated! Thanks so much! :)
Great to hear how well it's going! Very inspirational!
I'd love to say that I'm at 180 right with Mark's theory - but 180 was with my moldy old theory, writing EVERYTHING out. Ugh!
I'm practicing Simply Steno in the 100 to 120 range right now so I really write the Stenomaster/Magnum theory. I'm not even going to crank things up until I feel I'm on autopilot with it, which I hope won't be but a few months more. I'm hoping that writing shorter combined with the fact that I was able to write 180 writing a long theory will put me at 225 by the spring in time for the RPR. Keeping the faith!!
Hope all is well. I signed up with Simple Steno and am working hard to apply Mark's Magnum theory to the dictations. The dictations are great - way more challenging than what I had in school. Right now I had to drop down drastically in speed just to make sure I'm not resorting to writing everything out, and also because I need to learn all the briefs and phrases that I'm hearing, but it's going much better after a week of working hard at it. Stenomaster/Magnum plus Simple Steno is definitely the way to go!