Course Information
Getting Ready  
  • Course Description

  • This course is designed for those interested in learning shorthand,improving their skill and communicating in classmate discussions on a variety of shorthand subjects.  These classes are meant to inspire, motivate and fill you with a greater knowledge of shorthand than when you first started or visited this website.

    The lessons will cover the areas of shorthand learning such as, the alphabet and vowels, duplicate vowel sounds repeated in other vowel groups, those few shorthand rules based on English spelling, writing rules, brief forms, a variety of abbreviations, personal and business intersections, word families, word beginnings, word endings, spelling families, punctuation, expert shortcuts and more!!!  It will be a monument of fun and discovery for everyone.

    The "Diamond" classrooms will be broken-down into small 20 and 30 minute video lessons.  A person wishing to take the course will naturally begin with Lesson 1 and receive a "Certificate of Completion" when the last lesson is finished and a final exam is passed.

    The "Diamond" lessons are being planned for flexibility.  If an individual feels they need a brush-up in certain areas, they'll only take the lessons desired and no more!  For them, a "Certificate of Completion" may not be their goal; but simply to "refresh" in specific areas.  It's convenient to purchase "just" the lessons needed as this becomes a savings to the pocketbook!

    Lastly, many individuals are just wanting to test their speeds with a variety of material.  Though there will be plenty of dictation material in the free rooms, that individual may wish a "Certificate of Testing" which documents their current speed.  How easy!  Just jump to the final exam rooms and take the test.  You can even print a copy of your own testing certificate.  There's an additional charge for requesting original "mail-out" certificates.

  • Lessons

  • You may add as many lessons as you need to your shorthand cart.  If you forget the lessons you have taken, you can always check your "Transcript" from within any classroom menu.  The shorthand database will keep tabs of all lessons completed.  Should you desire a "Certificate of Completion", you must finish all lessons and tests from beginning to end.  Your final test will be a dictation speed of your choosing.  There isn't a limit to the number of times you may take a test.  However, you must pass a final exam before a "certificate" can be issued.  A completed Lessons list will be available once the classroom videos are also completed.

  • Goals

  • The average classroom goal by the end of your classes should be a shorthand writing speed between 60 and 80 wpm. Your reading speed will follow close the same.

  • Course Requirements

  • Pretty simple...
  • Know the 26-letters of the English alphabet
  • Be familiar with geometric shapes
  • Materials

  • Not much...
  • Classroom worksheets and practice-sheets will be provided for your printing prior to the lessons from the "Forms" room.  You'll see this room once you've entered a classroom lesson.

  • One, 6x9 steno pad is optional.
  • One, fountain pen or gel pen of your choice.
  • Grading Addendum

  • Grades are based on a percentage of the work completed, whether from an assignment or test.  Grades are kept in a database and then populated to your transcript located in the classroom menu.

  • Assignments

  • Assignments will be given from within each lesson and usually graded and received via email.  For some assignments and tests, you will be required to upload your shorthand writing.  As long as your shorthand writing is readable, you can be assured of a passing grade.  You will not be graded on neatness or beauty; only if your assignment can be easily read.  Your returned assignment may have corrections marked, but you will not be graded from any markings.  It is more important that your shorthand be readable material, so do not worry about perfect proportion or symbols written incorrectly.

    To upload, you have the option of writing your assignments with a pen onto regular note-paper and scanning to a file.  The "file" can then be sent back through email or from the lesson's assignment screen.  The second option is to write your assignment from a Wacom or digital writing tablet, save the file and send the file via email or upload it from within the lesson's assignment screen.

  • Quizzes and Tests

  • The majority of tests are short and under 20 questions.  One, short test is given for each individual lesson.  For those taking a complete course, a review test will be given every 5th lesson.  Single lesson certificates and review test certificates are NOT provided.

    For some assignments and tests, you will be required to upload your shorthand writing.  As long as your shorthand writing is readable, you can be assured of a passing grade.  You will not be graded on neatness or beauty; only if your assignment can be easily read.  Your returned assignment may have corrections marked, but you will not be graded from any markings.  It is more important that your shorthand be readable material, so do not worry about perfect proportion or symbols written incorrectly.

  • Final Exam

  • A room is given for final exams which allow you to choose a speed from a song group or a business group.  Your shorthand writing and English transcription are both required when uploading.

  • Classroom Forum and Chat

  • Another means of enjoying your classroom lessons and classmates!  Please keep your words clean when discussing shorthand issues.  Student age groups will vary from youth to elder and your consideration is appreciated.

  • Email Roster

  • The purpose of the email roster is so you can communicate with other classmates who are currently taking the same lesson or, have already taken it.  Don't forget, it's a great means of gaining that special shorthand penpal for life!.  Remind each other to add your names and addresses to the Penpal room.  All email addresses are spam-proofed for your protection and ours.

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