Who says court reporting school has to be boring?
Baton Rouge, LA (PRWEB) June 30, 2011
Anyone enrolled in machine court reporting school, whether online or on campus, knows that mixing up the practice and study routine can be a lifeline. Baton Rouge School of Court Reporting(BRSCR), a national machine and voice court reporting school, has taken up the challenge with the opening of the BRSCR Bookstore. This online store offers audio and written practice materials for machine students of all levels who want to practice something new -- and have a little fun along the way.
For machine students preparing for state or national court reporting certifications, BRSCR has introduced a "Boot Camp" for high-speeders tired of practicing the same old material. Each Boot Camp module contains a blend of high-speed audio dictations with particular emphasis on testimony (Q&A) practice; drills (both written and audio) for common or problem words and phrases, like "is that correct" and "do you recall"; English grammar tips and editing reminders for skills testing; and study reviews for the Written Knowledge Test (WKT) associated with certification testing.
Says Pamela Giardina, school director: "We've taken the best of our creative teaching ideas and put them into one unique practice package we call Boot Camp." And students have reported excellent results at certification time. Each Boot Camp comes with a four-week calendar to help the student stay on track and work methodically through the practice materials. "Students tell us they love it," Giardina says. "It's the perfect warm-up for state or national certification testing."
For low-speed steno students working through machine theory, the BRSCR Bookstore includes unique word search puzzles designed to challenge new speedbuilding students by converting English words into machine theory strokes, which are then used to complete a word search puzzle. Called "Study Puzzles," these puzzles offer variety to the theory review process. "We've recently added Study Puzzles for academic coursework as well, like Medical Terminology," Giardina says, "with many more courses coming soon."
The BRSCR Bookstore has another innovative idea, called "Accuracy Builder Drills," a set of 1,560 unique sentences to be written with accuracy in mind. "Sometimes steno students push for speed at the expense of accuracy," says Giardina. "These drills put accuracy first." There are enough drills to write 30 fresh sentences every week of the year, with topics that are varied and entertaining.
While the BRSCR Bookstore is a new idea for the school, the directors hope to continue to see it grow as more material is developed and new ideas emerge. "Who says court reporting school has to be boring?" says Giardina. "We are totally devoted to the success of our students, and we thought, 'Why not share what we've developed with students beyond our school?'" The BRSCR Bookstore hopes to be a destination for steno students looking for something fun and different.
BRSCR offers a diverse curriculum in court reporting (steno machine and voice), CART/Captioning (machine and voice), and Scopist Training, as well as Administrative and Legal Administrative Training. All courses are available online, and most courses are taught onsite at the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, campus, as well as at the school's sister school, Professional Institute of Court Reporting, Inc., located in Metairie, Louisiana.