Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I Switched to Magnum Steno (Stenomaster)

I my posting Court Reporting at Home (CRAH) -- Lesson 10 and Beyond I had formed a modified CRAH theory and was going through the lessons again.

I though to myself--what the hell am I doing.  I really like the CRAH but realized it was a bit stroke intensive--I had a hard time breaking 60 WPM.  I really struggled with where to go, what to do.

I stumbled across some Mark Kislingbury videos on Youtube (again) and watched the ones on writing speed (Part 1) (Part 2) that writing speed is how fast your finger move (strokes per minute) times strokes word. It made sense--it was simple math that on one can refute. No wonder why so many students can't get up to speed to pass their tests.  A person needs to write shorter.

So I sold my CRAH program and bought the Magnum Steno Book and then the Stenomaster Book.  The Magnum Steno Book is more like a reference and the Stenomaster Book is the theory book.  The Magnum Steno website does not list it on their sight, so you have to call to order it.  My recommendation is to start with the Stenomaster book and then get the Magum Steno book later--though I believe you can get a discount if you buy them together.


  1. First I would like to thank you for your site. Your posts are so helpful. I would also like to sell my crah program, would you please tell me how you sold yours, on ebay?

  2. How is it going with Magnum now that you are a few months into it?

  3. I wrestled with the same issue when deciding what school to attend. Thanks Ken for writing this blog. Keep the updates coming. Check out my blog.

  4. How are you doing with this direction? I am seriously looking into CRAH but the Magnum Steno theory sounds great, too. And my husband wants me to pursue that route since it would be cheaper. (but self-teaching could be daunting...)

    1. My recommendation is Magum Steno. People who write a longer theories end up shortening their writing, so I would start there. For being self taught, I recommend Mark's Magum Steno school or the College of Court Reporting (CCR).