Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How Long Will It Take to Become a Court Reporter?

How Long Will It Take to Become a Court Reporter?
From what I've read from other court reporters and students is:
1. The more time you practice, the quicker you'll finish.
2. Also, daily practice of 2 hours a day is not the same as 7 hours on Saturday and Sunday.

The average time to finish a court reporting vocational school is 3 years.  The Court Reporting at Home (CRAH) program is self paced, but from the website it looks like it can be completed in about 2 years.

Keys to Becoming a Court Reporter:
Once again from what I read:  Traditional vocational schools have a drop out rate of 80 to 90%.  The remaining 10 to 20% have problems passing the national RPR or their state CSR.  It appears that many students become discouraged and give up.

1. Stick to it.  Don't expect instant results.  Progress can seen by looking back several lessons.
2. Practice EVERYDAY.
3. Push yourself

I'm also a self taught drummer and the same things apply.  You can't improve without practice, and the more you practice, the more you improve.  Also, slow and correct is better than fast and incorrect.  Why?  With slow and correct, you can (slowly) build speed.  If you do it wrong and practice that, you'll just continue to do it wrong.  

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