My personal opinion is that you should challenge yourself to study as if you were in a classroom (that would be my suggestion--although you do get more "personal days" then you would in a class).
You can learn Gregg Shorthand, or any shorthand, at home. It's possible. It may not be easy, although to some it will be, but it is possible.
This "classroom" is for you to use in your home study of Gregg Shorthand Anniversary Edition. Jump in anytime and start joining your classmates in this endeavor.
Below are some ideas and articles that will help you see it is possible to learn on your own (I did--after I took a night class in SpeedWriting Shorthand [an alphabetical shorthand] from a teacher, I learned Gregg Shorthand on my own at home).
From the Gregg Writer 1913 "Studying Shorthand and Typewriting without and Instructor"
Here is a partial of the article, see the link below if you wish to read more which may not apply to today's shorthand writer... Also some clips from the article are shown below (sorry for the duplicate).
If two or more persons can study shorthand and typewriting together--one reading while the other write--the will progress much more rapidly than they could where each worked by himself.
If the student cannot find some one to join him in the study, he can, at no great expense, purchase or rent a phonograph that will dictate to him by the hour, and at any speed desired, without complaint.
After sufficient speed in shorthand has been developed to enable one to follow the ordinary public speaker he will find opportunities on every hand for becoming a "sure nuf" reporter.
John Voelker, Dayton Ohio, who has recently completed the correspondence course, writes of his experiences as follows:
Having purchased the necessary books, begin your study in all earnestness. Blindly follow all instructions given in the manual, diligently copy the shorthand exercises over and over again; every work you transcribe should be accompanied by verbal utterance--this weightly remark will assist you greatly. Never let a day pass without studying from the Manual. Do not study by spurts, rather a little every day. Occassionally have your friend give you some simple dictation from the exercises of each lesson in the Manual, for instance Read as much shorthand and copy from the original plates.
Read much from good shorthand plates
Repeatedly copy these plates, thereby gaining speed
Write up any new matter in your best shorthand without consulting any person or book and correct with the aid of the Manual, Dictionary and Phrase Book
TAke dictation from children in the family
Never let a day pass without having done some shorthand work
In the study of both shorthand and typewriting, you will be obliged to overcome many obstacles. Troubles will trouble you, but simply keep on troubling trouble until those very troubles make the other troubles disappear.
Some tips I found on the internet for general home study but works here (well the ones that do work here):
Have a set time and place for your study. Try to keep it the same each day. Keep distractions to the minimum. Have a goal (such as reading an assignment or writing half or dictation on the material). Keep these goals in mind when you sit down to study. If you plan to study for a long period of time, take a break between. Remember you can come back to the same lesson the next week if you have trouble getting to study (emergencies and other things can come first), so don't stress if you're behind. Be confident. When Gregg Shorthand Anniversary Edition was out there were thousands upon thousands of people who knew it and more who were learning it. It's not that hard to learn (well...). It is possible to learn.
Decide how you learn. Is reading an effective method? Or starting off with writing? With Gregg Shorthand Functional Method you do read a lot at first, and that's fine. When you get to writing and dictation you will discover if this helps a lot. When you start writing and taking dictation you will see if you do better when you read a lot. For Anniversary students (the little brown book) you will start writing at first. If you prefer, you can read a few lessons in and then go back and write. But that's up to you. Uou have other books you can read. Keep reading no matter what happens. Reading is important. There are a lot of theories on how to teach shorthand students, but if you have one manual, start with learning that method.
Does dictation help a lot? If not, then take little dictation. Maybe the first half of the unit or assignment. But keep taking it. Then build on that. Keep building on amount of time and speed as you build your shorthand skill.
Stay Motivated You're learning something new. That is exciting. You're learning something unique. The extra opportunities that you will have with this skill (unless you prefer not to be the one to take notes in a meeting because you know shorthand...). You will complete your goals (write them down and post them so you can see them as you study). You can use shorthand for a variety of situations when a computer or smart phone isn't available or you just want to write with a pen and paper.
When finished: Wind down. Relax so you can do your other days work. This is especially important if you study near bedtime.
Set up a time and space. If you have kids it's a good idea to do you "homework" when they do theirs.
Read whenever you can. Carry copies, books, or electronic versions of Gregg Shorthand around with you. Any spare moment you have READ. Reread too. If you've read that copy you're carrying around (a print out from the old Gregg Writer from Google free Books, for example), just reread it. Maybe even try reading it backwards if you're really tired of reading it, that will test you too.
Have a place to study. A good place to copy shorthand out of the text book and take dictation.
Motivate yourself. Write down when you study and what you study. Give yourself a pat on the back. Post your shorthand notes here and we will compliment you and motivate you to keep going. Keep an assignment log.
"Gregg Shorthand had achieved the most extraordinary success ever attained by any system in the history of shorthand." John Robert Gregg, 1922