Depending how you feel about these, you can do them.
However, wtih Advanced Dictation, you need to work on taking long material.
Drills can be used for unusual words, review of phrases and brief forms, names, etc. You might find them helpful for just reviews or previews of dictation.
You can also write drills if you are somewhere without a book or anything to take dictation on (although see the Sound Dictation board with tons of ideas instead of regular timed shorthand dictation). Just write these drills of various words. One idea would be to start with the letter 'A' and work thorugh to "Z' coming up with your own words. Circle outlines you need practice on.
Thank you Debbie. I will look into the materials. Although your last suggestion of writing out the alphabet in shorthand was excellent. I have picked up the book "Gregg Shorthand Manual simplified" 2nd edition. This book is for advance students. I am still in the beginner stages.
Find a short piece to take dictation on (no longer then 2 minutes).
Start with taking at your regular speed. Move up 10 wpm. Move up 20 wpm. You could even try 30 wpm higher then your normal speed. Then go back to your regular speed.
ANOTHER drill idea. Take the same dictation over and over. Brief from or phrase letters are gerat for Warm Up and Cool Down for dictation practice. You can use these over and over and "drill" on them for say, 5+ dictation sessions.
"Gregg Shorthand had achieved the most extraordinary success ever attained by any system in the history of shorthand." John Robert Gregg, 1922
Test 1. WordSigns/Brief Forms/Abbreviations. Take the entire list of these in dictation and try to see if you can do these at 60wpm. You can also just write them down. Remember to do the modifications of these. IN that GRS book it says "because wordsigns and common contractions comprise more than sixty per cent of all words written, the importance of writing them accuractly is obovious"
Test 2. Phrases. Dictation at the rate of 30 phrases a minute. Check these carefully with the manual. Study and practice any that you write incorrectly.
Test 3. Transcribing into shorthand. Read from the printed page about 1,000 words and translate the matter simultaneously into the best shorthand you can write at a rate of speed that allows you to write accurately. Then compare your notes with the shorthand in the reading book, checking all errors. 95% of the notes written in this way should check correctly with the shorthand plates.
Test 4. Dictation. Dictate a passage of 1,000 words. Compare your notes to the shorthand plates in the corresponding reader and encircle all outlines that are incorrect.
Test 5. Word building principles. Dictated about 50 wpm.
I was thinking this drill might be good for those coming from Intermediate to Advanced.
The article basically talked about a stenographer who had a job. He didn't have much time to dictation, so he kept his manual at his desk at work. When he had a spare moment (or even half a moment) he would write down one word from the manual. He went through the entire manual this way. From page 1 onward, in order.
I'm thinking you could write the outline several times. If you want to practice longer drills, you could do several words, ir an entire unit or lesson.
Writing it one one line and maybe a second line if the outline is long or harder to write.
Only do this if you haven't referred to the manual for drills for some time, or only one or two drills (like states or amounts or something similar).
Great way to review the entire theory and since you all ready know it and write it, it would go very quickly.
If you don't have the manual, you could use the Anniversary little red manual, which has tons of lists. Gregg Shorthand Anniversary Edition (the small of the two books). Found here in a PDF for free: gregg.angelfishy.net/