What is Theory?

How We Write on the Steno Machine


Theory is the most important component for all realtime training!  The theory you learn will determine the accuracy and quality of your realtime translation, how quickly you build speed, and ultimately will be the determining factor in how successful you are as a realtime court reporter, captioner, or CART Provider!

The Realtime Reporting and Captioning Theory,

is setting the standard in realtime court reporting, captioning, and CART providing education! Presented in Court Reporting and Captioning at Home's NEW multimedia training platform, a milestone in realtime training, this state-of-the-art NCRA-approved realtime theory, is the only NCRA-approved theory with a realtime reporting, closed captioning, and CART Providing foundation, and developed specifically for distance education.  This trendsetting theory connects the court reporting, captioning, CART Providing student with the best technology available to capture the spoken word! 

 

The revolutionary NEW animated graphic video tutorials illustrate every detail of hand and finger movement across the keyboard. 


These full studio production video lessons, and superior multimedia platform are a milestone in court reporting, captioning, and CART Providing distance education!



Court Reporting and Captioning at Home's NEW studio produced, animated graphic video tutorials are setting the standard in realtime court reporting, captioning, and CART Providing education!


Watch the video and see why the "REALTIME REPORTING AND CAPTIONING THEORY," the EXCLUSIVE theory of the Court Reporting and Captioning at Home distance education program, wasCHOSEN BY...


  • The United Nations to train the first realtime court reporters in Africa
  • The U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy in Jamaica to train 45 realtime court reporters
  • The F.B.I. to train captioners
  • ​Auburn University who offers CRAH as a professional development program
  • AND...hundreds of students just like YOU!




Basics of Theory and the Steno Machine


Most stenograph machines contain 22 keys and a number bar. All letters of the alphabet are not on the keyboard, but all letters can be written by combining letters to stand for other letters.  Examples of this would be PB to designate the ending sound of a word with the letter N as in TON = TOPB.  Also, there is no punctuation on the keyboard, but by simultaneously depressing the top row of keys on the right-hand side, the FPLT keys, we designate a period.  By depressing the top row of keys on the left-hand side, STPH, we designate a question mark. Other punctuation is created in the same fashion by combining letters. Stenotype may be written phonetically, the way the word sounds, or as closely to the way the work is spelled as possible.



Can You Read This?

WH       O                                        WHO

S          E   PB  T                              SENT

  T                                                    THE

    R       E         D                             RED

    P         U   R   S                           PURSE

  T            O                                      TO

                  U      S                             US

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  • Court Reporting Theory is learning how to write on the steno machine and is interrelated with the court reporting software that translates the court reporter's steno notes (the notes court reporters and captioners write on their stneo machines) into English that everyone can read.
  • Arbitraries are an integral part of any court reporting theory.  The Reatime Reporting and Captioning Theory incorporates the best method of learning arbitraries, without overwhelming the court reporting student with memory intensive training, which only serves to slow the students progress.
  • The flexible concept of this revolutionary theory allows the student or court reporter to incorporate more arbirtaries througout the course of their career.  A sensible approach that has proved to be successful both for students in training, as well as court reporters transitioning to realttime.


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