online course shorthand

We all have smartphones, tablets, and/or laptops now and those squiggles don’t transfer to electronic devices. Yet the ability to do digital note-taking has become more and more important to many of us.

Perhaps you need to take fast, accurate notes for your job; maybe you’re a student who would love to be able to get down more of what a lecturer/professor is saying during lectures; or you could be one of the thousands of people who struggle with their memory or concentration.

The ability to take notes quickly and accurately is a valuable skill. It’s brilliant for journalists and students, of course, but it is also a huge bonus to anyone who enjoys studying online courses, attending webinars, or just jotting down ideas. It is also a vital skill for professionals who need to take instructions from clients. It makes the workload easier and the stress lighter.

While traditional shorthand takes many, many hours to learn, this course in electronic shorthand will take you just couple of hours of study and practice to become comfortable with the system. Then it’s just of matter of adding to your own personal abbreviations dictionary (included in the course) and building your speed naturally as you use your new skill. 

It’s fun, useful, and great for the ego to learn this skill because you’ll be thrilled you picked it up so quickly.

This course is designed to help you learn quickly and easily and enable you to take notes on any device that has a keyboard or onscreen keyboard.

It is taught via four main ‘Super Simple Rules’ with activities, quizzes, and dictations throughout. There are also tons of downloadable materials in the form of worksheets, dictionaries, and PDFs. Unlike traditional shorthand methods, there isn’t a whole new language to learn. My digital note-taking method uses the alphabet – which you already know if you’re reading this! 

It is a little like the ‘text’ language so many people use on smartphones, where they leave the vowels out. But try reading back some text language, it’s like gobbledy-gook! That’s not something you want to risk if you are taking important notes. 

This method teaches simple principles of which letters to leave out and when, then adds in other principles to make sure that you will be able to read back everything you write using digital note-taking, even if you come back to it six months or a year or more later. Even master shorthand practitioners can’t always do that!

You’ll love it! 

Enrolling in this course will

  • Enable you to learn a new skill – quickly and easily.
  • Give you the ability to write notes on an electronic device MUCH more quickly than you could using the standard alphabet.
  • Enable you to increase your note-taking speed and accuracy as you use the skill in your everyday life.
  • Improve your productivity – being able to take all the notes you need to and knowing where to find them can ease stress, improve concentration, and give you better recall and understanding.

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Who this course is for:

  • Journalists
  • Students
  • Professionals who need to take client notes
  • Online course attendees
  • Webinar attendees
  • Smartphone users
  • Tablet users
  • Laptop users
  • Students

Why do I need to learn shorthand?

Learning shorthand helps develop administration and office skills by speeding up transcription, improving accuracy and aiding listening skills.

Even with technological advancements, shorthand remains a useful transferable skill in many traditional professions. A valuable time-saver, shorthand courses are essential for those in office-based roles where recording and note-taking are important.

Is shorthand hard to learn?

When you learn shorthand, you effectively learn a new language. However, once you understand the patterns and techniques of learning shorthand, the word-to-symbol translation can quickly feel like second nature – especially when you regularly practice your shorthand style.

To request a free demo, please contact the Pitman Training team.

Why choose Pitman Training for shorthand courses?

  • A Pitman Training shorthand certification is considered the pinnacle of speedwriting excellence.
  • Our shorthand courses cover everything from learning the Teeline shorthand system to speedwriting and transcribing passages.
  • Combine your shorthand and speedwriting training with a related Pitman Training course to enhance your skills and improve your employability. Touch typing courses often pair well with shorthand training.
  • Our shorthand training centres can be found across the UK. Courses run all year long, but there are also online shorthand and speedwriting courses for those who prefer working from home.
  • With Pitman, you can choose to learn shorthand anytime you like. Whether it is full-time or part-time, you enjoy a flexible schedule that suits your schedule.

Careers in shorthand

  • Shorthand is essential for anyone looking to go into journalism, secretarial work or medical transcription.
  • If you already work in an office-based profession, such as a personal assistant or as a legal secretary, a robust shorthand or speedwriting understanding will help to improve day-to-day productivity.

Shorthand courses available

Learning how to write shorthand is simple with any of our CPD-accredited Pitman Training courses.

We recommend our Teeline courses (Teeline Fast Shorthand and Teeline Professional) to those who have no experience of learning shorthand.

Various courses are also available for those with more advanced knowledge of the shorthand system. Each is curated to improve your shorthand skills at your own pace. Choose from Shorthand FastShorthand Faster or try your hand at our speedwriting course and workshop to become an expert in speedy transcription.

Whichever shorthand or speedwriting course you choose, our experienced course advisors are with you every step of the way.

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