Online Class: Speed Writing 101


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  • 21
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  • 10
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Course Description

Speedwriting is for anyone out there who needs to write faster. You may be a student struggling frantically to make sense of the lectures that you attend, but your method of taking notes only seems to capture about one-third of the material that is provided; when it comes time to take the exam, you find that you are not well-prepared. Or perhaps, as a student, whether high school, or a Ph.D. candidate, you need to write a paper, you need to do it fast, but you have to make sure you aren't in danger of plagiarizing the material that you used in your research. Or, maybe you're a writer, and you need to write or rewrite articles faster, or you have to get a bigger project written--a thesis, dissertation, or book--and fast. How do you do it?
 

This Speedwriting Course will answer all of these questions, helping you toward your academic and professional goals. You will learn the techniques that the masters use when it comes to capturing information that is provided in the form of a lecture or presentation. You will also learn how to take notes that will provide the necessary information, help you write your paper fast, and in your own words. So why not join us today?

There are many people who believe that they would learn more and ultimately do better in school if they could write faster so they could take better and more complete notes. There are other people who know that their lives would be so different if they could just mine all that material that is inside their head so that they could write and potentially publish that material. 

Both groups of people face the same problem. They simply can't write fast enough. This course will take you through a number of steps to learn Speedwriting, both for taking better and more complete notes, all the way to the point of being able to write faster and be much more productive with your writing time than ever before. 

Speedwriting is More than Merely Writing Fast 

Increasing the speed at which you take notes will certainly help you to become more successful in school, but only if you can read and understand those notes later, and if you practice these methods on a regular basis, turning them into the tools that they are meant to be. 

You will never master the techniques of speedwriting if you don't take the necessary time to practice these lessons and exercises. You'll need discipline to establish specific writing times and sticking to them. If you can't do these two things, you will defeat the purpose of this course, and you will be no better off than before you started. 

If, however, you intend to be smarter, wiser, more successful, and more prolific than the other people in your class, in your university, or your place of work, then you are in the right place.  

The old saying "...the best guarantee to finish your writing is to invest in a chair and a bucket of glue..." is true with this course.
 
Half the battle is showing up… 
 
It is the person who shows up for the exercise on time who will get the most out of it. For the duration of this course, make sure you show up, on time, and that you apply everything you learn about Speedwriting to every aspect of your professional and academic life. It will change you, permanently. 

Taking Notes 

When discussing the various aspects of Speedwriting, one of the first complaints is, "I can't keep up with my instructor's lectures! He/She talks too fast!" 

If you have an instructor who provides copious notes on each lecture, you won't need this part of the course. However, most instructors believe that taking notes is part of the critical thinking aspect of any class. YOU have to decide what is important, and make a note of each important fact. 

In order to take fast and comprehensive notes, you need to apply a few writing shortcuts that might seem obvious when stated, but for most people, they are not. In this course, we will cover most of these shortcuts in enough depth that you will be taking faster and better notes in no time! 


Brainstorming 

You've all probably been involved in a "brainstorming" session, and most of the time the ideas come in slowly enough that the person at the front of the room is able to write down all your ideas that are shouted out, or someone else in the room will remember what was said and all the "brainstormed" words or ideas eventually find their way onto the chart or board. 

However, have you found that when you have a brainstorming session all by yourself you have SO many ideas that you can't keep track of them, and you know that by the time you've written down all your ideas, some of the best ones have just floated up into the stratosphere and for the life of you, you cannot recall them? 

This can be very frustrating and is about the worst way to begin a large project that depends a great deal on creativity. You will learn a couple of techniques for "brainstorming" that you will use from now on to help keep track of all those great ideas. There may be one or two great ideas that slip away, but you'll capture many more than you even knew you had. 


Internal Editor 

The greatest impediment to writing fast is the Internal Editor 

When you begin a new writing project, it is sometimes really hard to get your ideas down in any kind of order. It seems that as soon as you try to put your ideas down, the idea generator dries up! We've all had that happen! What if you could learn ways to make getting your ideas down on paper simpler, easier, and much less painful? You might be more interested in doing projects like this more often, wouldn't you?  

It may interest you to know that there is one single reason your ideas "dry up". What would you pay to know the answer to that? The answer to that is deceptively simple. It is you. You are your own worst enemy when it comes time to get ideas down for a project on paper. Some people call it the "Infernal Internal Editor", and we will talk a lot more about this later. What you need to understand now is that unless you are able to keep your Internal Editor under control, you will always struggle with your writing, no matter what the project is. 

Your Internal Editor is the result of perfectionism, of struggling to turn in the best paper, article or book that you can. As you write, you hear the words, "You're kidding me! Who is going to read that mess? You're no writer. Leave it to someone who really knows what they are doing…" 

…and on and on. 

We live in such a competitive society today that we are constantly judging others and ourselves, just as we know we are being judged in turn. We take it upon ourselves to start the judgment process as soon as we begin to write, and we turn into our own worst enemy.  

WE talk ourselves out of being able to write almost before we even start. What if it isn't good enough? What if it isn't right? What if… 

Some of us had hyper-critical parents, grandparents, siblings, or friends who felt their whole life was dedicated to telling you where you went wrong with something. That type of judgment is enough to keep most people from trying something, and it is a real tragedy. We have immensely talented people who are too afraid to take that first step because they fear the judgment that starts inside their own head! 

Listen to your internal editor. What does he/she say? Then stop a moment and ask yourself, "Is this true about me?" Most of the time, it's not true, but because we fear judgment so much, we will not attempt something. We're defeated long before we even begin. In order to get the most out of the Speedwriting Course, you absolutely must contain your Internal Editor.  

We will talk more about the Internal Editor, and include ways to eliminate listening to the words that stop you before you even begin. Speedwriting can help you get material written a great deal faster than usual, however, you will need your Internal Editor to help you edit the material once you have your first draft done. Speedwriting does not create completely polished writing the first time around. 

Writing Reports, Articles, Books 

Some of you are taking this Speedwriting Course because you are a writer, and you need to learn how to write faster. When you write faster, you are more productive and can make a lot more money, right?  

Yes, you will learn many Speedwriting techniques that will help you with your writing of reports, articles, rewriting techniques for articles, and even how to approach the idea of writing a larger project like a dissertation or a book.  

Who would believe that a person who was terrified of writing a 5-page paper could learn how to write a full-length book by the time they completed this course? It is definitely possible, and by following all the exercises and lessons that are included in this course, you could be one of those people. So let's get started!
 
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Lesson 1: Need For Speedwriting

This course will take you through a number of steps to learn Speedwriting, both for taking better and more complete notes, all the way to the point of being able to write faster and be much more productive with your writing time. 35 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Speedwriting; Speedwriting Technique
  • Take Poll: Speedwriting course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Elements of Speedwriting in Taking Notes

The only way to take notes faster is to learn to write faster, and practice the techniques in this chapter. 34 Total Points
  • Review Article: Alternative Handwriting and Shorthand Systems
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Writing Techniques for Speed

By practicing Freewriting on a daily basis, you will develop your writing skills far beyond those of most people and writers of this generation. 33 Total Points
  • Review Article: Freewriting and Focused Freewriting
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Mind-Mapping, 12:4:2

There are as many ways to prepare for writing, and this lesson will teach you four of the most powerful and effective ways to create a "road map" of where you are going with your writing. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Mind Maps; What is Mind Mapping?
  • Take Poll: Mind Mapping
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Outlining and Blueprinting for Speed

Sometimes it is a relatively simple task to prepare a basic outline. 34 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Effective Outlines; Writing an Outline
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Dictation and Transcription

With regard to Speedwriting, you have to learn that absolute fastest way to get material. This means to "talk" your material. 35 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Writing a Transcription; Writing by Diction
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Self-Esteem and Writing

The very nature of writing suggests that someone will be reading what we have written, and immediately we begin to worry that it won't be "good enough." 34 Total Points
  • Review Article: Overcoming Writer's Block
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Speedwriting for Short Assignments

There is nothing more irritating to a reader than to read someone's ramblings that never seem to have a point or focus. 33 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Column Writing; Writing a Good Blog
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Speedwriting Techniques for a Bigger Project

As with all writing projects, start with your mind-mapping process, putting your central idea right there in the middle. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Business Report Writing
  • Take Poll: Writing Project
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Goal Setting

People are subject to all types of interference and obstacles, some of which they had some choice about, others over which they have absolutely no control. 35 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Making Time to Write; Writing More Effectively
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Secrets to Speedwriting Success

Don't try to mix researching and writing. 52 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Editing Tips; Research Tips
  • Take Poll: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
345
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the need for speedwriting.
  • Know elements of speedwriting in taking notes.
  • Define writing techniques for speed.
  • Describe mind-mapping techniques and how to apply them to increasing your speed.
  • Identify outlining and blueprinting techniques to increase speed.
  • Know methods to use for speedwriting on short assignments.
  • Describe speedwriting techniques for a bigger project.
  • Know secrets to speedwriting success, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Speed Writing 101
Course Number: 8900118
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Daphnee St.Val
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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