Electronic Shorthand: Learn how to take digital notes

Learn how to take fast, accurate digital notes on a smartphone, tablet, or computer to improve work and study habits
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  • Length 2 hours
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Published 1/2015 English Closed captions available

Course Description

Are you a note-taker or a talker? Some people like to be able to speak their notes, using software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking. Others hate it - especially people with an accent that the software can't understand! There are times when you need to be able to write or type your notes. Perhaps when interviewing another person (the software won't know their way of speaking) or when in a lecture or seminar.

Plenty of people need to be able to take notes the old-fashioned way. Taking notes quickly and accurately is a valuable skill. It's brilliant for journalists and students 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.

Shorthand used to be one way of vastly improving your ability to take notes but it has fallen out of favor of late because it doesn't work on computers. 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.

Traditional shorthand takes many hours to learn - some 'fast' courses 40 hours, others 60+ - plus months of practice to become proficient. 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 6 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

Copyright (c) 2016 Michelle Campbell-Scott All rights reserved

What are the requirements?

  • An electronic device: smartphone, tablet, laptop, computer
  • English

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn to take notes quickly and accurately
  • Use any device with a keyboard or onscreen keyboard to take digital notes

What is the target audience?

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

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction - how electronic note-taking can help you
04:28

DIGITAL NOTE-TAKING INTRODUCTION

In this lecture we look at what digital note-taking is - and isn't! - and why you need to learn this new, fun method of taking notes.

It could make a huge difference to your ability to study, work, and remember important information.


All contents Copyright (c) 2014 Michelle Campbell-Scott. All rights reserved.
04:41
WHY I DEVELOPED THIS METHOD


This lecture explains why I developed this method and why it is more useful than old-fashioned shorthand.

One thing I don't mention in this lecture is one particular lady who came to me in despair, almost at the point of a breakdown. Her job involved taking notes in team meetings. These were meetings of high-powered professionals and she took notes on a laptop while they were speaking. Her typing was projected onto a large display on the wall. It was terrifying! And the more nervous she got, the more mistakes she made and the slower the notes appeared.

She wanted to learn shorthand or speedwriting or anything that could help her - but nothing did. She thought speedwriting would, because it is based on the regular alphabet. Unfortunately, speedwriting uses subscript and superscript letters. We can do that on computers and laptops but it takes a while to select the relevant text, then click the subscript/superscript button. Too fiddly, too long.

So I developed an early version of this method and taught it to her. She was delighted and it helped her, not only in her work but with the stress of her job.

Over time, with the help of beta testers, I developed my method and ironed out the wrinkles. The result is this course.

04:33

WHAT THIS COURSE WILL GIVE YOU

Want to know why you should take this course? You'll find loads of reasons in this lecture!

Digital note-taking can help you in your work, study, hobbies, and everything in between.

Section 2: First things first - how to use this course & health & safety
02:05

HOW TO USE THIS COURSE

In this lecture we look at how best to use this course in a way that will improve your note-taking skills as you study!

04:58

HOW NOT TO END UP IN HORRIBLE PAIN

Health & safety might seem boring but it's there to prevent painful injuries.

With digital note-taking, we can be so caught up in our notes that we don't realize we are slouching, hunching, or holding our arms at a weird angle.

This quick lecture is worth your time as it will help you avoid nasty injuries. Prevention is powerful - it will enable you to take better, faster notes in the long run.

Section 3: Getting started with the first principle
02:11

THINK LIKE AN ALIEN

The method you are going to start learning in the next lecture is similar to the sort of language people use for texting on smartphones. Similar but different! We're going to use the structure of that but go far deeper, so that we can write much more quickly, without misunderstandings when we try to read it back later.

This can be a little difficult for people at first - especially if they grew up with strict English teachers who drummed 'proper' English into their heads!

When I have taught this class in real-world situations, students have reported that my little blue alien analogy works well for them so I explain that in this lecture.

03:40
SUPER SIMPLE RULE ONE

This is where we get started with the first rule and the initial theory. This is a really important first step and understanding this is the foundation for your digital note-taking skills.

In the next lecture you'll be able to look at some examples and see if you can read them back, based on your knowledge after watching this lecture.

01:14

VOWEL SOUNDS

We're going to take a closer look at vowels and their different sounds. This is where we can all differ. What I consider to be a short sounding vowel may be a long sounding vowel to you. That doesn't matter, as long as you write the sounds as you hear them, it will work for you.

05:31
ACTIVITY - Long & Short Vowels

This is an activity session. You need to decide which of the vowels to keep in and which to leave out from the words on the screen.

I explain in detail how each should be treated. In future activities I won't be so long-winded, but for now I thought it was necessary!

00:23
FAST PHONICS

This lecture contains a description of and link to a great website. The 'Long & Short Vowels' section is tremendously useful to us when learning digital note-taking.

www.abcfastphonics.com/long-short-vowels.html

05:16
ACTIVITY - More Vowel Work!

04:53

SOME MORE TIPS & ACTIVITIES

There are some song titles in this lecture, written in digital note-taking. Let's see if you can read them!

00:47
AUDIO DICTATION

This is an audio dictation. It contains words we have covered in Super Simple Step One, as well as a few we haven't, to get you to think on your feet!

You can find the dictation - just four sentences, nothing to get stressed about! - and my suggestions for your version of them in digital note-taking format, in the downloadable resource attached to this lecture.

If you are studying this course on a laptop or desktop computer, you can run the audio while taking notes within Udemy, just click the NOTES section on the right and start typing.

6 questions

A quick quiz to reinforce your understanding of the use of vowels in electronic note-taking.

01:13
SSR1 WRAPUP

Here's a quick wrap-up of Super Simple Rule One.

Be sure you have got to grips with it before moving on to Super Simple Rule Two. You'll learn quicker and faster if you have got used to every stage before moving on to the next - it stops you having to go back!

Section 4: Digging in with the second principle
04:14

SUPER SIMPLE RULE TWO

We have already started the principles in this rule so this isn't too difficult. We're going to go deeper now and look at why this is important, for readability and speed.IF you are ready to move on to this rule!

01:47

ACTIVITY

See if you can read these two screens of song titles, then an iPhone screen of single words!

You will be answering these in the quiz that follows this lecture.

8 questions

This is a quiz based on the previous lecture, so make sure you go through that first!Write our what you think the digital note-taking words mean - one word in each box.

00:22

PRE DICTATION INSTRUCTIONS

Some instructions before the dictation in the next lecture!

00:25

AUDIO DICTATION

This is an audio dictation. It contains words we covered in Super Simple Rules One & Two, as well as a few we haven't, to get you to think on your feet!

You can find the dictation - just four sentences again - and my suggestions for your version of them in digital note-taking format, in the downloadable resource attached to this lecture.

If you are studying this course on a laptop or desktop computer, you can run the audio while taking notes within Udemy, just click the NOTES section on the right and start typing.

00:36

SUPER SIMPLE RULE TWO WRAPUP

Here's a quick wrap-up of Super Simple Rule Two, covering the Super Simple Rule One main points as well.

Be sure you have got to grips with this before moving on to Super Simple Rule Three . You'll learn quicker and faster if you have got used to every stage before moving on to the next - it stops you having to go back!

Section 5: Getting faster with the third principle
06:47

SUPER SIMPLE RULE THREE

In this section we are going to be concentrating on silent and duplicated letters. We also take a quick look at history to find out why some letters are silent - actually, quite a lot of letters!

03:52

FOCUS ON CONSONANTS

This is a quick lecture, looking at how we can increase our understanding and speed of reading back our notes by substituting some consonants.

00:44

AUDIO DICTATION

This is an audio dictation. It contains words we covered in Super Simple Rules One, Two & Three, as well as a few we haven't, to get you to think on your feet!

You can find the dictation and my suggestions for your version of them in digital note-taking format, in the downloadable resource attached to this lecture.

If you are studying this course on a laptop or desktop computer, you can run the audio while taking notes within Udemy, just click the NOTES section on the right and start typing.

3 questions

A quick quiz to test your knowledge of Super Simple Rule 3

00:51

SUPER SIMPLE RULE THREE WRAPUP

Here's a quick wrap-up of Super Simple Rule Three, covering the main points of Super Simple Rules One & Two as well.

Be sure you have got to grips with this before moving on to Super Simple Rule Four. You'll learn quicker and faster if you have got used to every stage before moving on to the next - it stops you having to go back!

Section 6: The game-changer - really speeding things up with the fourth principle
11:47
SUPER SIMPLE RULE FOUR

This is a longer lecture but it's worth sitting through! This last major principle is going to help you see massive speed increases when doing digital note-taking.

I suggest you stick with the new things in this for a few days, at least, before moving onto the next lecture.

7 questions

This is a short quiz to see how many abbreviations you know!

05:46

Now that you have discovered how to use abbreviations to speed up your note-taking, it's time to move on and make typing in Word even faster.


AutoCorrect is part of all versions of Word and is an extremely powerful but under-used feature. We can harness it for our digital note-taking to really speed us up.


This lecture shows how to use it and the PDF lays it out in text form, with screenshots, to make it even easier.

01:41

The technique in this lecture can really speed up your document production. It shows how to add the AutoCorrect icon to the Quick Access Toolbar - the toolbar at the top left of the Word screen. This enables you to get to the AutoCorrect window with just one click, so you can add new abbreviations to your dictionary.


You can also add other icons to the Quick Access Toolbar.

Section 7: Resources & Apps
03:30
RESOURCES

Some goodies for you!

A bunch of gadgets that can make note-taking easier and more convenient.

Plus some websites to help build your abbreviation dictionary, help with English, and aid students with lecture/course notes.

07:15
SOFTWARE & APPS

This lecture runs through some apps (for IOS and Android) and software that will be useful for you for your note-taking.

26:51

MICROSOFT ONENOTE - INTERVIEW WITH DARRELL WEBSTER

OneNote is a program that comes in several formats. It has been part of the premium version of Microsoft Office since 2007 and it is now also a free app for smartphones and tablets.

I remember downloading it when the announcement came out that it had gone free. I liked the look of it but I never really got into using it. So I appealed for a OneNote expert on Twitter (Twitter is amazing for making connections!) and Darrell Webster was kind enough to agree to chat for this recording.

If you haven't come across OneNote before or you have and have never known what to do with it, you may enjoy this interview.

Apologies for the sound quality in places, I was recording a Skype conversation between the UK and New Zealand - I'm amazed it worked at all!

I'll upload a transcript of the interview within the next couple of days. I'll also upload another session with Darrell next week. He is going to do a live demonstration of OneNote in action, which I think we'll all find interesting and useful.

You can find Darrell online at:

His Website - http://webster.net.nz

About.me - http://about.me/darrellcwebster

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/darrellwebster

Twitter - https://twitter.com/darrellcwebster

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/webstertechvideos/featured


Section 8: Wrapup
06:30
COURSE WRAPUP

Aw, it's over. Well, sort of. I'll be updating the course regularly with more dictations, quizzes, and extra lectures in response to your questions and comments. I haven't included all the 'standard' abbreviations yet, as I don't want you to try to remember too much too quickly!

This wrapup is a quick overview of the main principles and things to remember.

In a couple of weeks, a digital note-taking downloadable dictionary will be able to everyone who completes the full course. But, even after completing it, do pop back occasionally for the new stuff.

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COMING UP...

I'll be adding to the course frequently so do check back even after you have completed it.

There are more lectures to come, plus dictations, quizzes, and abbreviated songs to work out!

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Instructor Biography

Michelle Campbell-Scott, Bestselling author & premium instructor on Udemy

Author of the bestselling books, 'Goodreads for Authors', 'Make Your Book Work Harder', and 'The 10-Day Skin Brushing Detox'. She is a former teacher & trainer, chicken keeper, and field archer.

She started her career in Public Relations then, while her children were growing, she did any work she could get that allowed her to be at home with them. That included: writing, course creation, editing, book indexing, book formatting, document and presentation production, and more.

After becoming a teacher and then an IT trainer, she still freelanced, writing and creating courses for others - before eventually taking the plunge and creating her own books and courses.

She writes as Michelle Campbell-Scott, specializing in publishing and marketing; Mia Campbell, specializing in health (including 'Inversion Therapy' & 'The 10-Day Skin Brushing Detox'), and Michelle Booth, specializing in hobbies and children's fiction.

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