The Importance of Good Note-Taking

In the burgeoning Information Age, children and adults need to improve fast note taking speed to handle increased data volume and record spoken information effectively. Otherwise, they will continue to struggle in school setting and in their professional careers. It is important that children begin developing fast note taking skills in their early school years so that they will be more productive through high school and beyond as students, workers, and members of their communities. Also, it is essential that the adults who did not learn this skill in school are afforded an opportunity to acquire it to be more productive performing their jobs. By mastering a skill of recording spoken information efficiently children will enhance their learning comprehension in the school environment and adults will have more accurate information to make better decisions in the business setting.

Existing Systems

Existing word abbreviating methods of traditional shorthand and speedwriting have been experiencing a significant decline due to the long learning curve and the difficulty for everyday use. On the other hand, the demand for systems to enable people to take fast notes accurately continues to be strong.

At present time, two types of word abbreviating are commonly used:

1) non-alphabetical based system – Gregg Computer Shorthand,

2) alphabetical based systems. Speedwriting By Pullis.

The Gregg Computer Shorthand was developed in 1893. Speedwriting by Pullis was published in 1970. Due to their significant flaws and lack of demand, no improvements or enhancements to these and all the other systems have been made for the last 30 years.

The demand has declined for traditional methods because they are all (alphabetical and non-alphabetical) based on memorizing random abbreviations. And a big part of it is that it requires months of training, and even then, not every person can decipher the shorthand of his/her own or of another individual.

According to Darnell Research Corporation 90% of all high schools and colleges in the Unites States have discontinued offering traditional shorthand and speedwriting courses citing the extended learning time and difficulties of use as primary reasons.

One must memorize a unique code to a corresponding word which leads to a very long time to master a vocabulary required in school or at work. Any system based on rote memorization must be used or practiced daily. If it’s not used or practiced daily the codes don’t stay in memory and cannot be applied when needed.

Another significant problem with existing systems is that they don’t cover a full English vocabulary forcing to create user made abbreviations. On the contrary, the proposed system will be learned quickly by children and adults with a wide range of abilities, ages and occupations and it will not require them to memorize a high volume of random abbreviations and will eliminate user made codes.

Make It Usable by a Broader Range of People

Adults and children need to learn how to process spoken information so that they can take fast notes more efficiently. This project will address learning and communication challenges faced by a wide range of children and adults. The software tool will be universally designed to include people with a wide range of abilities, ages and occupations in the research process. The system will offer a small set of abbreviating rules which can be quickly mastered by a person with average abilities. The proposed product will allow users to learn it gradually and it will not require a long learning curve. Also, this system will dramatically reduce the amount of rote memorization and will not demand from users remembering a high volume of random abbreviations.

Provide User Flexibility

On one hand, retaining of spoken information is a significant part of daily activities in schools, workplace and interpersonal communications. On the other hand, children and adults have difficulties performing fast note taking using the existing methods. To date, emerging technology has not made a significant impact on improving the methods and systems for fast note taking to record spoken information. The proposed project will produce a user-friendly system that can custom-tailored to a wide range of users and their personal styles. A user will be able to adjust codes to application and personal style. The abbreviating rules will have options to suit user previous background and various ability levels. Also, the proposed product will allow integration of its abbreviating rules with the rules of the existing shorthand and speedwriting systems. For example, if a user will have an option of applying some of the abbreviating patterns currently used with any number of rules of the proposed system.

The Only English Grammar-Based Method

EasyScript is a simple speedwriting method that’s easy to learn and easy to remember. All you need to know basic English Grammar and remember five abbreviating rules. It’s proven by people of almost all occupations from salespersons and managers to secretaries and students. You also have the option to transcribe your abbreviations using ComputerScript software, which translates your typed abbreviations into readable text. EasyScript and ComputerScript use identical rules and can be used separately.

Source by Sallyen John

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