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Self Motivation

Bobby Martinez

During the time  I was learning theory I was also following a lot of motivational figures on my social media apps and reading the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, which also added to my determination to keep at it. All I really got from these motivational figures and the book though, was pretty much learning how to change my mindset from a neutral mindset to fully controlled positive mindset. In the neutral mindset I affected by both negative and positive thoughts and more often than not the negative thoughts would overcome the positive, especially when I’m doing something for 8-10 hours and things weren’t catching on. So in the neutral mindset I would begin to stress out and become discouraged because I would constantly be thinking to myself that I wasn’t getting it, this is boring, this is too hard, I’m hungry (when I really wasn’t), and more negative thoughts. But after learning the power of a positive mindset, I just replaced all of those negative thoughts with positive encouraging thoughts and time would fly right by as I would learn a new lesson in a matter of a day or two.

“It [self motivation] sounds simple, but I feel like that’s all a person really needs to succeed with this program.  …after learning the power of a positive mindset, I just replaced all of those negative thoughts with positive encouraging thoughts and time would fly right by as I would learn a new lesson in a matter of a day or two.

Congratulations Bobby, Completed Theory in slightly over 5 weeks!

Court Reporting and Captioning at Home May Be For You Too.

Court Reporting and Captioning at Home May Be For You, Too!
We have many students across the United States and, in fact, around the world, and it is always wonderful to hear that the Court Reporting and Captioning at Home Program works for students everywhere.  Please let me share this note from the mother of a new CRAH student, sharing their experience with the CRAH Program. 
 
Linda Bland, RMR, RPR, CSR, CPE

Dear Linda,

Thanks to your program, I can see the focus, interest, and sense of purpose my daughter has developed  in her studies. Before she was introduced to CRAH she was attending a school at which her lessons were seemingly taught by “professional readers” rather than instructors, in spite of the fact that the instructors were referenced as professional “Court Reporters”.

The classes progressed to new theory without reinforcing lessons already taught; while at the same time, extraneous classes were mandated that were peripheral to this field, but nevertheless she had to sit through, and as she phrased it- she felt as though she was “taking up space”.  The school required purchase of textbooks that it marketed in its own name, and each term required hundreds of dollars in textbooks that could not be bought second hand since no major store carried them. Finally, unbeknownst to us, her financial aid  package was used to subsidize her first 5 credits which created a false sense of security that we could financially handle the remainder of the year before the next trimester. The majority of her peers were having their expenses subsidized through the government; this included not only tuition, but books, software,  machine, and living stipend. Those of us who were deemed capable of paying, were left handling the major expenses on our own. Finally, I later learned that the completion rate at this school for this program was only 30%.

My daughter is now progressing beautifully through your program. There are times she repeats chapters until she has mastered the concepts, but because the lessons are so well structured, with each dictation, she sees continual improvement. This reinforcement motivates her to work further; and has  increased her self-esteem and  the way she perceives herself as a student- and as a person.

She mentioned, for the first time, that she now wants to supplement her studies with university courses in which she can further her academic progress in learning more about the government and how our system of law operates. (I could never so much as get her to listen to the news.)

I’m beginning to sound too much like a political spokesperson, but please believe I am simply a mother; a former teacher, who has always wanted to help my child excel but has never found the right vehicle in which to ensure this. Two years ago I would have given all that I owned to be able to say this with the sincerity with which I am now writing.

Most sincerely,

Mildred  F (New York State)

 

Crystal J.

Another note from a Professional Court Reporter who utilized our WKT (RPR, Written Knowledge Test) materials to prepare for the exam.

Thank you for the materials that you sent for the WKT test.  It was very helpful.  I passed the WKT test and I did it because of the information you sent.  I was studying previously with no way of knowing how or what to study for.  When you sent the download I began studying and was able to pass the test.  I had studied other material as well, but your book provided the knowledge required to pass the test.  I would advise any aspiring reporter or reporter to consider CRAH.  I wish I had this information a long time ago!

Thanks,

Crystal J.

New Student Platform

NEW STUDENT PLATFORM

Court Reporting and Captioning at Home is now presented on a new, revolutionary, multimedia training platform containing hundreds of hours of audio and video dictation, and  exclusive studio-produced, animated graphic video tutorials…a milestone in realtime education… The multimedia platform, along with the animated graphic tutorials, provides our students the advantage of training  faster and easier in a realistic time frame and at an affordable cost.

CRAH students are licensed for life when they purchase the CRAH program, and only licensed CRAH students have lifetime access to all of our superior, state-of-the-art training materials, CAT-software updates, daily support from credentialed court reporters, captioners, and CART providers as well as  internship and job placement services.

Because we want our students to have the latest in realtime writing technology, we are proud to include in our program, at a greatly reduced cost to our students, the new BLAZE realtime writer with flip-up, touch screen technology by ProCAT.  Scroll up or down, read back, or search with a swipe of your finger, just like an iPhone/iPad.  The Blaze also features automatic and user- defined keyboard adjustment.  The Blaze sets the standard in advanced realtime writer technology!

Court Reporting and Captioning at Home is the leader in realtime education, and we will continually strive to provide our licensed students with the latest in realtime technology to ensure they continue to be the best realtime court reporters, closed captioners, and CART Providers in the industry.

Linda Bland RMR, RPR, CSR, CPE, President of Court Reporting and Captioning at Home

WHAT CRAH STUDENTS THINK …

“The new graphic videos you guys have are so amazing!   It takes the program to a whole new level…so great!”

Kimmy Pruitt, CRAH Graduate and Florida FPR

It is so nice, and really appreciated, that you (support dept.)  take the time to give such rich responses.  It is very supportive, especially when you’re going it alone in your little home office, and taking the long route to competence.

Kyla Stallings

Thank you so much for the words of encouragement.  You don’t understand how much that means to me and how far that goes.  I’m so glad I’m doing your program.  I really love the online platform!  This is attainalble!!!!!!!!!

Paul

Thank you once again.  You really are outstanding!

Lezah Myers

“Hello Carla,

Thanks very much for the instructions, and please thank Linda for inviting me to view the [New Student Platform] web tutorials.  Everyone must be very excited with the results of the videos, because they are exceptionally presented. 

The instructions you provided were clear and easy to follow.  The Google Chrome download and login went smoothly.  The course screen was laid out well, showing the current and completed courses.  I liked the ability to click on the course name and view my progress through the individual lessons and then exit the course segment to see the summary and the percentages of completion.  The video quality was wonderful viewed in HD or otherwise.  And, of course, it was fantastic to see Linda in the videos.  Having listened to her voice in the lesson dictations, it was great to have that connection to the videos, making you feel that you are right in the classroom.  :)

In the Introduction, the 4 EZ steps recap helps to clarify what the student needs to do in each lesson. I really liked the detail shown in the proper posture and machine height demonstration, and it went through the steps at a good pace.  I can remember how nervous I was when my machine arrived, and it helps to see that visual and to have someone walk you through the correct set-up.  :)

I think my favorite part of the lesson videos is having the key on the keyboard graphic highlighted in a color – blue, green, etc. at the same time as the keyboard key is depressed by the finger.  That’s a great feature! 

Everything looks so great that there isn’t much to suggest. 

The expanded Finger Spelling Alphabet Chart for Lesson 19 is a great addition, and thanks for the attachment.  I especially liked hearing additional comments from Linda in some of the videos – for example, her preference for a specific style of a contraction outline in Lesson 18 and the tip on how the CAT software will help with the dollar sign outline in Lesson 20.  The best part, though, are the words of encouragement in the videos.  They are so wonderful to hear and are just exactly what a student needs.

I thank my lucky stars that I’ve chosen such a great school!  :)

Catherine T.

Camille-Romaine-James

Meet Camille and Romaine, the CRAH Twins

Hello,
My name is Camille, and I have a twin sister, Romaine. We are both CRAH students transitioning from another theory. Romaine completed CRAH theory in one month and twenty days, and I finished in three months!  Initially, we thought that trying to learn a whole new theory while the old theory was fresh in our minds would be difficult.  Based on the way Mrs. Linda has set up the program, transitioning from our old theory was a pleasant and easy task.
I would like to tell Linda on behalf of Romaine and I, that you are truly a godsend. Not only have you developed a wonderful and successful program, your support team is genius!!!  Support helps all students in mastering their goals of becoming Realtime writers. Linda and her team are truly a gift to the Court Reporting profession.  We could tell that they really care about all students in the program. She took time out of her busy schedule to speak with us about our concerns, time schedules, and practice regimens. She whipped us into shape and turned our apprehension and self doubt into determination and self confidence! We feel that the program is successfully preparing us for a long and rewarding career in the Captioning profession.
We are excited and very grateful to be a part of the CRAH family.
Camille and Romaine J.

Recent Graduate News

Congratulations to Leigh Ann D. who passed the RPR while pregnant with her third child!  Leigh Ann is working as a freelance court reporter for two court reporting firms, one of which is co-owned by a former Court Reporting and Captioning at Home graduate! 

Congratulations to Susan K. for passing the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) WKT EXAM! Susan is still in training and on her final speed level. Great job, Susan!

Congratulations to Helen S. for passing the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) WKT Exam! Proud of you, Helen!

Congratulations to CRAH graduate Chris R. who recently passed the National Court Reporters Association Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Exam! Great job Chris! Chris completed theory in four months while still in high school, and then completed his 225’s. At 18 years old he went from being a court reporting student to a professional court reporter. What an accomplishment! Chris is now employed by a top court reporting firm in Virginia.

Congratulations to Court Reporting and Captioning at Home Graduate Stacy M. After completing her internship, Stacy was offered employment by several large firms, but has chosen to work as an independent contractor, accepting assignments from at least four different firms, and building her own freelance business! Stacy we are so proud of you! You can read Stacy’s complete story on our home page.

Congratulations to CRAH Graduate Kathy S. who passed her Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) examination in her first attempt, and she is also an Illinois Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR). She is currently employed with one of the largest court reporting firms in Chicago.

Congratulations to CRAH graduate Kimmy B.! Kimmy passed the Florida Professional Reporter (FPR) examination and is working as a professional court reporter with a major firm in the Tampa area.

CRAH graduate Jill M. not only passed the National Court Reporters Association’s Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) examination AND the Texas Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) examination, but she has now joined the elite group of National Court Reporters Association Registered Merit Reporters (RMR’s)! Congratulations, Jill!

Recent Graduate News

Congratulations to CRAH Graduate Lisa T. who recently completed her training for CART Providing! She interned for a few weeks and was employed immediately. “Thank you so much for her. She is amazing and so easy to work with,” says her employer. See Lisa’s testimonial on our home page.

Congratulations to Pearl S. who just completed her theory in 4-5 months! Pearl has been declared legally blind, although she has some limited vision, and she has completed theory in 4-5 months. What a tremendous accomplishment! Now it’s on to speed building for Pearl whose goal is to provide CART services for hearing impaired students. We are so proud of you Pearl!

Congratulations to CRAH Graduate Dominique D. who passed the Literary, Jury Charge, and Written Knowledge portions of the National Court Reporters Association Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Exam! Dominique started the CRAH program while still in high school. This amazing student completed her skills or speed building portion in just 7 months! See more about Dominique in the section below.

Congratulations to CRAH Graduate Amy K. who passed the National Court Reporters Association Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Exam! Fantastic, Amy! We knew you could do it! Amy was already a Mississippi CSR, but had the desire to continue to improve her skills. She partners with another reporter in her own freelance business and is now an excellent realtime writer, holding both the CSR and RPR credential! What’s next? Amy is now sitting for the RMR examination! Good luck Amy.

Recent Graduate News

Congratulations Evelyn Z. Evelyn completed the Court Reporting and Captioning at Home program and was immediately offered a position with the closed captioning company that was her “top choice for employment!” One of Evelyn’s first captioning assignments was the President’s State of the Union Address for a New York television station! Fantastic! Again, congratulations Evelyn on your accomplishments.

Congratulations to Court Reporting and Captioning at Home Graduate Marcie C. who has completed her training and is now a Telephone Captioner writing business calls, personal calls, and conference calls for the deaf. “The first time I saw my writing in realtime, I actually had tears in my eyes,” Marcie writes! Marcie is “doing exactly what I prayed for 14 years ago.” We are excited and proud for you Marcie.

Congratulations to CRAH Graduate Eve T. who completed her training and is working as an Official Court Reporter. She recently set her goal to pass the National Court Reporters Association WKT, and with Court Reporting and Captioning at Home’s help, passed it on her first attempt! Read Eve’s compelling story regarding how she completed her training with CRAH on our home page. Eve’s next goal…passing the RPR! Congratulations Eve on all you have accomplished!

Congratulations to Court Reporting and Captioning at Home Graduate Karen F. who has just entered into a contract with the New Levis Stadium in San Francisco to caption all events, including her usual 49ers games! Her captions appear on 2700 TV screens! Fantastic, Karen!  More recently Karen Stadium Captioned the 2016 Super Bowl!!  Wow, congratulations again Karen.  Read more about Karen on our home page.