Mostly the teacher's instructions books I've read say to practice taking dictation and transcription. Gaining speed in both as well as keeping accuracy.
However, sometimes having a goal in mind can be helpful. This can also encourage you to keep up your studies when you're doing this at home. In classes, the teacher will give you timed dictation at certain times. So you may start out with the entire class and each class period you would be pushed to higher speeds in dictation and typing up your shorthand notes. As well as drills and relearning theory as needed.
You may wish to have a log to keep track of your progress as well as challenge and courage yourself to keep learning shorthand.
Some items you may want to record. You don't need to do all of this. You can even choose to focus on one or a few things for a few months, such as a "specialized class".
Reading from text books. How long it took you to read it is a good measurement.
Taking dictation from familiar dictation (this can be for speed practice as well as taking long timed dictation).
Taking dictation of new material. Depending on the vocabulary, your speed may vary. So you may wish to just record the speed and what you took it on.
Shorthand vocabulary. What you're building on and learning. Building skill in taking short takes at high speeds. Building skill in taking "sustained" dictation. Transcription. Spelling. Brief forms. Phrases. Reading your shorthand notes. Penmanship
"Gregg Shorthand had achieved the most extraordinary success ever attained by any system in the history of shorthand." John Robert Gregg, 1922
90 second warm up drill. If you're focusing on one item, use that as your warm up. Reading, copying shorthand, dictation or transcription. If you don't have a plan for one class, just read or copy shorthand.
3 minutes for review of brief forms, phrases, etc. Read, write or take from dictation.
3 minutes rapid reading. Read as fast as you can. This will help you when you write shorthand because you will see it in your mind quickly and then write them quickly. You and red the same items over and over if preferred. Or for a week or 6 classes, choose a longer item and read it every class to see if you get further each time. Reading from great notes or textbooks is preferred so you "see" the correct outline.
5 minutes correct outlines (one you missed last class). If you did good in your last class, just write down outlines and practice them over and over. Copy from textbooks is another option. If you don't have an "intermediate" textbook, then you can copy from the beginning textbook you learned from.
10 minutes, take continual dictation for 10 minutes. Read and spell the words back. If you can, read out loud. Correct errors using a dictionary or other source.
10 minutes of transcription.
Additional time can be spent as needed. Create some special projects you want to work on, such as speed or transcription. Perhaps something you wish to develop further, such as a word list in a interest you have. Also you could create something relating to shorthand (a dictionary, video, something to share on this board under the Your Shorthand section, flash cards, something to put on your phone to read at a later date, etc). Perhaps writing the most perfect copy you can use for further study (such as reading time).
Instead of the “learn in a month” you will “review in a month”. This is a very intense review, but will give you a chance to review as much as you need.
Materials: --Blank notebook or something to write the chart of the alphabet on. You can print up pages and put in a binder. This is something that will allow you to “test” yourself, but you can also use it as an in depth review. --Pen, pencil, etc., anything to write with --Paper such as a steno pad or wide ruled paper, blank or printed lines
You can write, take dictation and transcribe each day. These will be specific things to focus on in your review in a month.
Each of the days will have a link to a page to assist you in your review and study. This is to work with the January challenge for beginners, and you can join along, but you are welcome to work with this at any month.