Monday, May 23, 2011
What I don't Recommend for Learning the Steno Machine
Before I purchased the Court Reporting at Home (CRAH) program. I figured that I would buy some text books and a steno machine and teach myself. While I don't doubt that I could have succeeded, I now realize that this could have been a long, hard road.
Recommended: A developed program of study. Either through a vocational school (very expensive) or a home study program (much less expensive).
Not Recommended: Buying the text (theory) books and steno machine yourself and being purely self taught.
I discovered that there were several Steno machine theories: Phoenix; Sten Ed; Roberts, Walsh, and Gonzalez; Stenomaster; etc. Theory is fundamentally how to write on the steno machine but also includes how to write on the steno machine so that court reporting software can translate your typing in realtime into English so that everyone can read it.
I became partial to the Phoenix theory and bought 2 theory used books on eBay for about $20.
I also read about Steno Machines, and my conclusion was that I should buy either a Stentura 500, a Stentura 400 SRT, and elan Cybra (Student model by Stenograph), or a Stentura 200 SRT. All these models can connect to a computer--indicated by the SRT on the Stentura models. The elan Cybra is a more expensive "paperless" writer (saving you money in paper and ink but costs more and but to be connected to a computer).
I bought a used Stenura 400 SRT on eBay for about $600.
In the Phoenix theory books I noticed dictation exercises which I did not have. I soon realized that these were important if I wanted to learn the steno machine and increase my speed. So I bought the exercise CD and some other related material on eBay. (So at this point I have a little less than $700 invested in my new career).
I then noted that I was starting to put together my own program and realized that an established program would be much better. After some research, that's when I determined that the best study at home program was Court Reporting at Home (CRAH).
Posted by Ken at 7:34 AM