No, Not JCPenny
As an online court reporting student, we answer one question with regularity: Which theory did you learn? In an effort to share briefs for words and phrases with other students, the differences in theory can seem like a chasm that cannot be bridged. Theory is not one-size-fits-all. Despite which theory we learn, though, as court reporting students we all share the same difficulty during speed building—hesitation. Hesitation can be the difference between falling words behind, or two sentences behind. Hesitation is often the difference between passing a test and failing a test; victory or defeat.
Let me know if you can relate to this experience: You’re testing at your current speed, hoping to promote. You’re ready. Practice sessions are going well on the writer, difficult words are becoming easier, and you are certain you are prepared. You begin your test session with the usual nerves, but you’ve got them under control. A few deep breaths, focus, good posture and you’re flying along without any problems at three (3) minutes in. All of a sudden, a word pops up. It’s an easy word. It’s a word you’ve written before, but not very often. It’s one syllable for goodness sake, but you can’t get it. You hesitate. You are several words behind on the test at this point. You try to catch up. You feel that you can catch up. But, that word—that word plays at your mind. You KNOW that you know how to write it. It teases you for the remaining two minutes of the audio, until you’re two sentences behind and so frustrated and distracted that you know you won’t possibly remember it all on the edit. The word was, let’s say, “risk.” It’s a tiny, one syllable word. Not complicated, but perhaps unpracticed. How many words, after all, do we write daily that end is “sk?” I’ll venture to say not many. How absolutely frustrating that one little word could sabotage an entire promoting examination!