Steno 24/7 on You Tube

CARTOON STENO LADYI just wanted to drop a quick line to let everyone know that I changed my You Tube dictation channel for Court Reporters and the like from my name Sandra Clay Hunter to Steno 24/7.  Just so that there is no confusion.  Please like, share, and subscribe if you like the channel.  I could use the support from other Court Reporters even if you don’t need the dictations. Well, just wanted to put that out there. Thanks for reading and practice, practice, practice, even if you don’t use my channel. Thanks everyone and Happy Writing.

The Complete Court Reporter’s Handbook

Yes, I know I have been neglecting my website, but for good reason.  I have been working on my steno, which means practicing until I’m exhausted and also adding new videos to my You Tube channel, Steno 24/7.  I now have over 100 videos and I plan to add many more. Please come and check it out. I have medical, literary, and Q & A. I want to concentrate on these three but I’ll also have dictation that is not timed, to stay current with the news. I want this channel to grow and be useful to everyone, including Plover users, but I can’t go into that now, but you can go to Plover. com (open stenography) and check that out on your own.
The reason for this post is to say, I, being a court reporter going back to the field, it is only natural that I would need a review of the procedures and practices, so I began looking for books that would help me brush up my skills. I came across Better World Books and saw that one of the books that was about $154.00 on Amazon and Ebay for less than $20.00 at Better World Books. com. That book is titled, “The Complete Court Reporter’s Handbook, by Mary H. Knapp and it is amazing.
I remember a book similar to this while and school and I know I needed it but on my income I just could not afford to pay that much for one book. This is book is in great shape, no writing in it at all.
I also purchased, Machine Transcription and Dictation thinking it would be useful as well since that is a major part of Court Reporting. I got both books for under $25.00 and shipping and handling was free. Don’t you love free? This book also is in perfect condition. No writing, smears, ect. I will eventually sell them when I am done with them and I hope to keep them in great condition as well so that someone else can benefit from them.
Well I just wanted you to know that with a little searching for the books you need can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. I have even found great books at thrift stores and used book stores in my area. So don’t be afraid to shop around before you purchase any books. And a good start is the site mentioned above.  I’m so happy right now.  I love when I get a bargain for something I really need. Well, thanks for reading and Happy Writing!

New Videos Are Abound on Steno 24/7

Hello everyone. I just wanted to drop in a line or two to talk about how great my YouTube channel is doing. I am pleased to say I now have 25 subscribers. Don’t laugh because I worked so hard to get those 25 subs and I’m proud of myself.  I have also been keeping up with my schedule and putting two videos out per week, but if I only get one I won’t sweat it. Some weeks are better than others. I have over four thousand views and was jumping up in down in my den jumping up and down  when I hit that mark.

Now I know you must say, you’re so happy for such a small amount of subs and views, but actually I never thought I would get this far. I know the old saying is, “If you build it, they will come,” but I never thought I would ever in my life get to know the phrase personally in my life. I guess you never really know where life might lead you once you decide to take the plunge and do something new.

I am also expanding my Facebook page, Court Reporting Plus, by having live dictations. The first dictation is scheduled for Tuesday, July2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Everyone is welcome to join in.  I will be dictating some great material and I’m looking forward to chatting with everyone. CARTOON STENO LADY

I have so many plans for my channel, some examples would be adding more playlists such as, Steno for Beginners, Steno Fun, Build Your Dictionary, and more. So won’t you help me get the word out about the best and newest dictation channel in town, broadcasting worldwide for your convenience, Steno 24/ 7 at your service. And it’s free! Please come comment, like, share, and subscribe. See you all at the next video. Happy writing everyone.

 

Staying Motivated

     Staying Motivated is the title of this post because I have had quite a challenge over the past three months practicing everyday and making You Tube videos and blogging.  I mean, Stenography itself can be a challenge all by itself, who needs more pressure?  But I love challenges and I actually thrive in that environment, but when you add moving and even being homeless at one point to the picture, I look back and say, “You’re stronger than you think you are.”

I could have easily said I just can’t do it all, but I know that I can.  I have the ability to survive so many things, to achieve all my dreams, and to slowly carve my life into what I want it to be and so do you.  Nobody said this would be a walk in the park or that you will pick up your machine one day and you will pass all you 180 WPM tests.  But I truly believe that if you put your all  into anything, eventually you will reap the rewards.

I do this because I have a passion and a love for this profession.  I guess I got the bug when I was in school.  And yes, I know this will be hard.  There will be suffering along the way and some tears.  Lots of time and a basket full of patience will get me back to work and be able to provide more for my family whom I love so very dearly. But, I also love you and I want you to succeed and make your dreams come true as well so  I give you my time and my voice.

Please check out my You Tube channel at SANDRA CLAY HUNTER and if you don’t hear anything you need now I have so much more to share with you.  If you have any ideas please put them in the comment section and I will certainly take them into consideration. You can subscribe so you don’t miss any of the new videos I will be putting out very soon.  I uploaded recently Courtroom Testimony from 100 – 225 WPM. Many more coming soon. Enjoy and remember to stay motivated.

SAGE COLLEGE CLOSING 2017

Why court reporter Sage College in Moreno Valley is closing
The latest in a string of closures comes because the government shut down the school’s accrediting agency.

MARK MUCKENFUSS / STAFF WRITER
Published: Jan. 3, 2017 Updated: Jan. 4, 2017 12:00 p.m.

Andrea Yorba, left, and Ashley Hirsch were part of a group of Sage College students who gathered in front of the school on Tuesday, after Sage administrators announced the school was closed.
MARK MUCKENFUSS — STAFF

Sage College students are starting the year with a loss.
The Moreno Valley school that specializes in training court reporters shut its doors Tuesday, stranding about 350 students. Those students had received emails about the closure Friday.
“It feels like a slap in the face,” said Serenity Rodriguez, 24, of Redlands, who was only a few months shy of completing what she and others described as a strenuous program. She and other students said they had been assured, despite recent problems, the school would remain open.
Sage College is the latest in a series of private for-profit colleges to abruptly quit the business. Unlike some other such institutions, however, there were no claims that the school had a bad actor. Instead, it fell victim to the actions of its accrediting agency, the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools.
The ACICS came under scrutiny as the accreditor for Corinthian Colleges. That Santa Ana-based company was accused by the government of deceptive recruiting practices and of inflating its graduation and placement numbers, among other things. Corinthian was fined $30 million by the Department of Education and, shortly after, closed its chain of colleges in April 2015.
ITT also was accused of deceptive practices and of issuing students unnecessary loans. It closed its 130 campuses in 38 states in September.
On Dec. 16, ACICS lost its final appeal to retain its standing with the Department of Education. All of the schools under its purview, including Sage College, lost accreditation.
Under DOE rules, those schools had 18 months to find another accrediting agency.
In November, Executive Director Lauren Somma, who reportedly had been meeting with other accrediting agencies since June, posted a quote from Walt Disney on her Facebook page: “It’s fun to do the impossible.”
But Sage’s FAQ page on Tuesday told a different story.
“We learned that Court Reporting programs do not meet required benchmarks to qualify for the approval process,” the material says, “therefore moving forward in that direction was not a viable option for us.”
Robert Rasha is Sage’s information technology director and one of a handful of staffers still working. Most, including the school’s 50 faculty members, were laid off at the same time students got the email about the closure.
“My phone has been blowing up since this all happened,” Rasha said.
Rasha said the school had pared back its operation just over a year ago. It has offices in San Diego, but it stopped training students at that site in October 2015. Moreno Valley was its only campus.
“We had a great reputation in the industry,” he said. “We send more court reporters to the state exam than any other school.”

MY AUTHORITY TO SPEAK

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HERE IS A LINK TO MY DEGREE WHICH IS MY AUTHORITY TO SPEAK ON THE SUBJECT.

I DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING, I LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY, BUT I DO KNOW

I TYPED 225 WORDS A MINUETE BEFORE AND I WENT THROUGH THE WHOLE COURT

REPORTING PROGRAM FOR 3 1/2 YEARS, GOT MY DEGREE, AND WORKED IN THE FIELD.

SO MAKE SURE YOU ARE LISTENING AND TAKING ADVICE FROM SOMEONE LIKE ME OR

EVEN BETTER A CR THAT HAS THEIR DEGREE AND HAVE PASSED THE CCR EXAM, WHICH

IS MY GOAL DONW THE LINE FOR ME ONCE I CAN TYPE 225 AND I FEEL I CAN PASS IT

AT LEAST 95% OR BETTER.  I HOPE IT HELPS YOU HAVE A LITTLE MORE CONFIDENCE IN

WHAT I’M TELLING YOU AND PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO GO TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL

SANDRA CLAY HUNTER FOR PRACTICE DICTATION FROM 100 – 240 WPM WITH MORE TO

COME WEEKLY.  I’M TRYING TO REACH 50 SUBSCRIBERS SO IF YOU COULD SUBSCRIBE,

LIKE AND SHARE AND TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW.  THANKS AND REMEMBER YOU CAN

WRITE 225 WPM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STENO PRACTICE IN 2017

Ok. The New Year is here and in full effect and like many of you struggling stenographers I have made big plans for this year.  I know that by the end of this year, because I’m currently writing 180 and 200 clean, (after practicing everyday for the three hours since September)  I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a dim light but I can see it. I think what has helped me a lot is one, having graduated previously in 1998, of course is obvious, but also my pure dedication to the craft, my passion for it, and I know this will eventually get me to where I want to be and that’s WORKING.

So I am looking forward to the new year and accomplishing a lot. I’ve got so much to do that I’ve decided to get organized, actually put a plan in place to achieve my goals.  I hate just drifting aimlessly around and not knowing what I need to work on and I know one of those things is medical dictation. Yes, I hate medical dictation and literary that’s not courtroom literary and that tells me that is exactly where I should concentrate my efforts.

 

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I will be adding to my growing list of practice dictation videos medical dictation and what I’ll call straight literary. I fear going to the CCR exam and not being prepared.  I want to be ready as much as possible before I take the test so I’m going to have to buckle down and do the hard stuff too.

I have also been doing dictations at 180 and typing then up and see how many errors I have and could I pass it with 95% accuracy or higher. Some I have done well on and some not so well on others, which is to be expected.  But I would like to provide you with the same opportunity so I’ll start putting some of the dictated material here so you can also check and see how well you’re doing.

If you’re not going to school and doing this on your own it is imperative that you do this weekly or bi-weekly to check your progress.  You will start to see yourself getting closer and closer to your goal. REAP THE REWARDS OF YOUR DETERMINATION!!  Because YOU CAN WRITE 225 and that should come as no surprise when you have put in the work. So let’s get ready to claim our spot in the Court Reporting sun and grab hold to what is ours my SPEED WRITING QUEENS.  YOU ARE CROWNED!

THE HIGH PRICE OF STENOGRAPHY

I am writing this post because I guess because I am quite upset about the way Stenography is being used as a way for people to make thousands of dollars off of the people who just want work in a profession that they love. In my opinion it’s my opinion that it has been kept away from the public for far too long and I think it’s high time we shed some light on our profession instead of keeping it under wraps and charging such high prices that when students finally graduate they owe thousands of dollars, like myself. It’s a crying shame that this profession is trying to be handled by money grubbing people that only thinks about the bottom dollar and care nothing about whether or even if you graduate. The longer your’re in school the more money you will owe when you finally graduate. I know I will never pay off my large student loan from going to school for three years, so if I feel like helping someone else do this profession without them accumulating the thousands of dollars that I have to pay, well then so be it.

The reason I am so upset is because of an email I received from StenoLife from Marc, the fastest stenographer in the world, saying that they will no longer be doing the StenoLive classes due to the fact that ” people are utilizing the classes and dictations they find online and the drills they can get and other little tools as their primary sources for court reporting education. He goes on to say that perhaps he help create the illusion that simply having access to these things is enough to take students to the next level and that students can not create their own structure and the feedback on their own so he is no longer going to be offering the live classes. But he did mention that if you want to PAY for classes at Simplysteno.com and to help spread the word.

Here’s where I have a problem with this. If you are a Court Reporter that has your degree ALREADY and you’re just trying to get your speed back WHY can’t I create my own practice material and rebuild my speed. Why should I have to pay someone to read to me at 140, 160, 180 when I can do that myself? And if I want to share my videos with other Court Reporters who may be in my position or a student needing extra practice material I or anyone for that matter shouldn’t have a problem with that. We are in the age of information and I have found numerous PDFs for practice and I will be utilizing these in my videos. I just started doing Literary as well because it’s so much harder than Q and A or Jury Charge

. So my point is I will continue to put out videos until I start working in the field. I don’t care what people are using them for. I just want to help others succeed in a profession that I truly love. My You Tube channel is SANDRA CLAY HUNTER and please subscribe, like and share. Pass the word along to anyone who might need this channel and let’s all save a little bit of money and get the practice we so desperately need. Thanks! See you on my channel.