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8/8/14 - Adding 250 new dictations to the audio library - most of them ranging from 200-250 wpm!
5/22/14 - Added new tests into the mix. New speakers - more variety - keeping you on your toes!
1/20/14 - Adding "Speedbuilding Focus" files to each speed in the Audio Library. They are about 20-30 minutes in length. They are a single, 5-minute dictation that is broken down by minute - slower - then goal - then faster - then the entire dictation. Great way to do some target practice on one dictation.
12/18/13 - We've added a CAT Software Training area! With teaching guides and videos for the 4 major CAT companies - Case CATalyst, Eclipse, DigitalCAT and Winner - it's a great place to learn your software.
11/11/13 - The EFT Video Series has been added. These EFT videos were designed by a certified hypnotherapist specifically for the SimplySteno Court Reporting Program. They deal with Test Anxiety, Fear of Failure, Fear of Success and more! Every court reporting school and program should have something like this. It's not all about the fingers - it's about the mind as well.
10/29/13 - Stretching videos added. These videos were designed by a certified yoga instructor specifically for court reporting students - specifically for the SimplySteno Court Reporting Program. Students sit for long periods of time, so it's important to keep the body in good position.
9/25/13 - A MAJOR overhaul in the lesson format! We've integrated the audio files directly into the lessons to save court reporting students time. Many students have jobs or family duties, so making the most of every second counts!
8/15/13 - Added LIVE classes to the SimplySteno program! With video integration, you can actually see your teacher - and they can see you - just like a classroom setting at a campus school! It's a great opportunity to get in some live readback and get instant feedback from your court reporting instructor.
7/5/13 - Added more sustained and pyramid dictations to the lessons in every speed! It's important to have variety - to mix things up - to keep you on your toes!
5/26/13 - Added 250 new dictations to the Audio Library - all different speeds and types - literary, jury charge, 2-voice. By this time next year, we'll have close to 3,000 dictations available for use by SimplySteno court reporting students!
3/12/13 - Updated the Brief Machine section. There are now over 700,000 brief suggestion in the database. Just type in your English word or phrase and get a brief idea (or several) on demand!
1/1/13 - SimplySteno is proud to be a sponsor for the upcoming documentary about the field of court reporting. It's important that everyone learns about this amazing occupation! Check out the documentary website - CourtReportingMovie - and make sure to like the Facebook page to get updates!
Total Structure - "I don't have to put my own court reporting school schedule together. Every minute is planned out. Marc has picked out the court reporting drills, dictations, order, everything. I just have to sit in the chair and follow along. There's not a second of wasted time."
Total Feedback - "I get to see my tests and errors along with Marc's notes. I have a better idea about what to work on, because now I can see where I'm making my mistakes."
Total Guidance - "I find the SimplySteno court reporting program to be proactive. There's a theme for each day, and it always seems to address something I've dealt with. I guess many issues are common, and Marc doesn't wait till they come up to talk about them."
Total Support - "Marc doesn't just tell me to "practice more" when I'm having problems. He gives me concrete things to do that target my writing/mental concerns."
Total Access - "I know I can reach Marc whenever I need him. I'm pretty sure he doesn't sleep!"
Total Relevance - "I don't need a degree from court reporting school. I just need to pass my state exam. That's Marc's goal for me. I am not required to take court reporting school academic courses that have no relevance to my court reporting goal. He puts the focus on the steno machine."
To be clear, SimplySteno is not a court reporting school. Quite the opposite. After spending many years teaching within the court reporting school system, I was very determined to get out of it. Most court reporting schools charge over $1000 a month. Most court reporting schools have a graduation rate lower than 8%. Most court reporting schools force students to take academics they don't need, just so the students will earn units and remain in good standing with financial aid (even though we all know the focus should be on the steno machine). So please don't call us a court reporting school. We can do better.
If you've been researching court reporting online, you've seen there are many different court reporting programs and court reporting schools available to you. And in our "Compare" section of this site, I encourage you think about what you need in a court reporting course, then ask questions. I'm certain you will discover that SimplySteno is not just another online court reporting program. We differ in many ways.
We will not present you with a certificate or degree at the end of our course. Is that your goal - to receive a certificate of completion or degree from a court reporting school? Keep in mind that not one state requires you to get a degree in order to work as a court reporter. Not one. Your goal is to be using your steno machine in a money-making capacity, whether it be as a court reporter, captioner, CART provider, transcriber, etc. And that's our goal for you as well.
Some states do not require certification of any kind from prospective court reporters. A few states require the passing of a CSR exam. Most, however, require you to pass the RPR exam as given by the NCRA. Anyone who is a member of the NCRA is eligible to take the RPR exam. You don't even have to be enrolled in a court reporting school, despite what many programs will tell you. And if your state requires the RPR license to work, you don't even need to join NCRA to take the exam (though I would suggest joining).
The bottom line - passing the RPR exam will open the most doors for you as a court reporter. And that's exactly what SimplySteno will prepare to do - pass that test. We will round out your program with important information that is not required to pass the RPR exam, but the bulk of your training with us will be focused on one goal - passing that RPR exam and getting you into the working world. If you're in a state with a 4-voice CSR exam, click here.
As you look through our site, you will see that the SimplySteno court reporting program is not for everyone. It requires dedication, time and trust. We will hold up our end of the agreement - we only ask that you hold up yours. We don't want to see you wasting your money or time. Before going any further, make sure you're qualified to start our program by clicking here.
Students must be at a minimum writing speed of 60 words per minute to start our program, which means you must have taken court reporting theory before taking a program like SimplySteno. Repeat - this is NOT an entry-level program. If you are looking for a theory program, we are proud to refer students to StarTran Theory! They teach a wonderful, NCRA-approved theory that emphasizes realtime writing from day 1. The best court reporting theory is now being taught on the best teaching platform!
Take a look around and please feel free to email us with any questions you may have. Thank you.
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