Fast writing has been a
requirement down the ages. Egyptian and Roman scribes used shorthand
in various guises for speed and secrecy. In England, shorthand was
used from Elizabethan times and famous shorthand writers were Samuel
Pepys and Charles Dickens. Then young, Isaac Pitman, squiggled out
Eureka! in 1837 and the first Pitman system was born. He was just 24
years old! But although it was fast and elegant, it took the
dedication of a saint to perfect, driving many an intelligent being to
tears or chocolate!
In the 1960s Pitman 2000 provided a simplified version but then came
the bliss of Teeline. Simpler still as it is based on spelling and
alphabet adaptations rather than phonetics. Teeline is quick to grasp
and after a few lessons you can be incorporating this in your daily
routine. Teeline is now the most popular version for beginners.
Here, we have an extensive shorthand programme, popular with
journalists, PAs and minute-takers - you can start self-paced
fast-track courses daily or reserve your place on our tutor-led
programmes. Our tutors also run many in-house corporate courses on
site and adjudicate NCTJ sessions for journalists.
Did you know?
We write at up to 40wpm
We speak at around
A workable speed for
business is 80wpm
A workable minimum for
journalists is 100wpm
I found the Tutors very helpful and friendly