Court Reporting School – Hitting The Plateau and Moving On


Some may consider me to be one of the lucky ones since I got out of court reporting school in less than two years and took my CSR (California Certified Shorthand Reporter) test 15 months after I began court reporting school and passed the test on my first try. Why I write “may be considered one of the lucky ones” is because I went through so quickly I picked up few briefs and was pretty naïve as a 20-year-old in a field that requires business acumen and social sophistication. My first two years as a court reporter were really tough, a huge learning curve in many ways, (the subject of a future blog post.)

The focus of this post is to talk about hitting a speed plateau, and what to do next, in my opinion. My speed plateau was 140 – 160. I got out of theory in four weeks. The rest of the speeds, 100 – 120, 120 – 140, every speed I was out of the class in two or three weeks. I was intense, competitive, and determined. Then I hit 140 – 160. Ugh.

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