Top 7 Tips For Becoming A Successful Court Reporter
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Tips For Becoming A Successful Court Reporter

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Some court reporting students pursue this career immediately after high school. For others, the decision to earn an associate degree in court reporting comes after they have been in the workforce for years. Many students juggle their court reporting studies with raising families and working in other jobs. The journey through court reporting school is different for every student, and you will likely encounter a variety of challenges along the way.

The following seven tips are meant to help you succeed as you complete your education, begin working and put what you have learned in the classroom into practice:

  1. Create a dedicated workspace. Not every court reporting student is lucky enough to have a separate office where he or she can study or do homework. Wherever you choose to do your work, find a place that gives you the space you need and that is as conducive to learning as possible. Let your family or roommates know that when you’re working on court reporting coursework, interruptions should be kept to a minimum.
  2. Be a planner. Becoming a successful court reporter hinges on your ability to plan, organize and use your time effectively. Many students find it helpful to plan their study time into their day, just like scheduling important appointments. Review your responsibilities each day and plan accordingly.
  3. Break tasks into manageable blocks. You don’t need to spend two- to three-hour blocks of time working on your court reporting coursework to be successful. Instead, break up larger tasks into smaller blocks. This can make work feel more manageable and help you stay on track to meet due dates and deadlines.
  4. Focus on the task at hand. One of the most difficult aspects for many students trying to balance court reporting school with family and work obligations is the fact that those other duties don’t simply go away when it’s time to focus on schoolwork. When you’re working on court reporting tasks, do your best to truly focus on what you’re doing. Resist the urge to answer the phone, respond to a text or email, or check social media until you meet your study goals.
  5. Hone your vocabulary. Successful court reporters continuously work on mastering their vocabularies and stay on top of current events. When you are working as a court reporter, you’ll undoubtedly be exposed to unfamiliar words. By working diligently now to improve your vocabulary, those uncomfortable instances should happen less frequently. Read as much as time allows and look up unfamiliar terms. You may also want to check out apps and websites designed to help increase vocabulary.
  6. Practice your typing and stenography skills. Few skills are as important for court reporters as their ability to operate stenography equipment and record proceedings accurately and efficiently. Get comfortable with your stenography machine and practice, practice, practice. Work on accuracy before trying to improve your typing speed; that will come with time.
  7. Take advantage of available resources. Your professors want to see you succeed, so don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it! If something isn’t clear to you, talk to your fellow students or your instructors. Take full advantage of your college’s resources both inside the classroom and out of it — that’s why they’re there.

Putting these tips into practice takes some work, but they can help even the busiest student manage competing priorities and maximize his or her court reporting major studies. Ready to learn more about becoming a successful court reporter? Contact us today and take the first step toward a rewarding career.