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Tips for better shorthand note writing
Learning shorthand online or with a teacher takes a lot of practise. Regular lessons will help to teach the fundamentals of how to write in shorthand.
However, there are loads of handy little tips from people who have learned shorthand that can help.
People who have been there and learned shorthand - just like you are doing now - often have the most experience in the field. They have picked up dozens of little tips and secrets that can be passed on to students now learning this speed writing and note-taking skill.
On this page you'll find fifteen great pointers that will help you learn shorthand whether you are a student, a journalist, a secretary or somebody who is just doing it fun.
- Use a ring bound reporters notepad. The short distance to the edge of the page is the perfect length for quick note-taking
- Draw a left-hand a margin on the page. Jot key words in the margin during note-taking. They'll provide easy reference points later
- Write newspaper articles out into shorthand then read the notes back. This will help shorthand speed and writing skills.
- Stay calm and relaxed when writing in shorthand. Gently stretch fingers to make them more flexible and responsive.
- Press lightly with the pen so that it glides across the page. Pressing too hard writing too quickly creates tension which causes slower shorthand writing.
- Remember any missed word and leave a space in the notes . Quickly write the word in the gap when there's a break in speech.
- Decipher other people's shorthand. This helps to recognises outlines and words easier and quicker.
- Write in shorthand as small as possible. This creates faster note-taking as it takes less time to write the outlines.
- Use a simple black or blue plast biro pen. They're light and easy to write with.
- Fit as many outlines on a singe line as possible. Constant changing
to line below wastes time which could be used for note-taking.
- Write the lyrics to your favourite songs - in shorthand. This keeps practising fun and makes a welcome change from dictation.
- Keep a second pen on the desk or very close to hand in case the one being written with runs out.
- When using shorthand in court, read back the sentences and write the words in long hand above each symbol. This makes typing the notes quicker.
- Leave one line of space between each sentence of speech in the notepad. This makes it clearer to read back notes in shorthand.
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