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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?



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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
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Course Title: Speed Writing 101
Course Number: 8900118
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
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 CEU Certification: $75.00

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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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