Category Archives: Court Reporter Tutor

Press Release: Purple Books Revised, Updated, 7th Ed., Textbook, NCRA’s RPR, RDR, and State CSRs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Available from Purple Books, CRRbooks.com, November 2017: new 7th edition textbook with the only updated NCRA, National Court Reporters Association, and State WKT, written knowledge test, information for students and court reporters. 350 pages, CRRbooks.com by Monette Benoit: Complete Written Knowledge Test Textbook, Seventh Edition, Revised and Updated for NCRA’s RPR, RDR, […]

‘Push-Ups’ = NCRA RPR, RDR, and State CSR Core Strength-Building

‘Push-Ups Focus’ on the “Complete Set” and “Trio Set” for NCRA’s RPR, RDR, and State CSRs. Why Push-Ups? Push-ups work the entire body and support core strength. The “Purple Books” strengthen and build core support with detailed structure that has been proven in the classroom and independent study for 25 years. 98% first-time pass rates […]

Thumb Wrestling and Smoken; Ask The Coach, Part III of III

Thumb Wrestling and Smoken; Ask The Coach, Part III of III By Monette Benoit All Rights Reserved. Part I began: Did you know there is a Thumb Wrestling Federation, TWF, and the United Kingdom has World Thumb Wrestling Championships? This is serious business for a sport originally called “thumb-a-war.” How does this relate to court […]

Spurt-Ability, Part III of III

Spurt-Ability, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: While coaching a novice court reporter, the professional said, “I don’t like to take tests. That’s why I went to court reporting school.” I said softly, “Now that’s a thing of beauty.” He sincerely replied, “It’s true.” I truly replied, “You […]

The Lesson Behind “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”, Coach’s Corner, Part III

The Lesson Behind “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”, Coach’s Corner, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: Years ago, I wrote “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck.” My Journal of Court Reporting April 2005 article is posted on my blog “Monette’s Musings” and www.CRRbooks.com. I detailed how one sentence I […]

Fears, Toughest Part Is Words, Spot On, and Our Normal, Part II of III

Fears, Toughest Part Is Words, Spot On, and Our Normal, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: One student, in the 225 wpm (words per minute) exit room in a court reporting program, “is scared to death of passing the state certification test and national certification. Then people will […]

Fears, Toughest Part Is Words, Spot On, and Our Normal, Part I of III

Fears, Toughest Part Is Words, Spot On, and Our Normal, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I of III: One student, in the 225 wpm (words per minute) exit room in a court reporting program, “is scared to death of passing the state certification test and national certification. Then people […]

The Final Frontier: Nolo Contendere, Guilty, Part II of III

The Final Frontier: Nolo Contendere, Guilty, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. September 16, 2013 Part I began: Court reporters are a disciplined breed. This is reinforced as I move through my professional and personal world. “The final frontier” is a metaphor. I was encouraged to write this as I trolled […]

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects, Part III of III

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. August 11, 2013 Part I and II began: The nurse, RN, was speaking to me about my mother’s recent ICU, intensive care unit, discharge when overhead speakers broadcast a doctor’s page. He cupped one hand over the back of each […]

Exactly Why Am I Doing This Now, Part III of III

Exactly Why Am I Doing This Now? Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. May 24, 2013 Part I began: The requested tutor and empowerment coaching appointment began with a simple question. My question to the court reporter was simply, “How are you?” Part II began: We agreed to assess goals that […]

Exactly Why Am I Doing This Now, Part II of III

Exactly Why Am I Doing This Now? Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. May 15, 2013 The requested tutor and empowerment coaching appointment began with a simple question. My question to the court reporter was simply, “How are you?” There was a loud sigh. The answer began, “I am so tired […]

Exactly Why Am I Doing This Now? Part I of III

Exactly Why Am I Doing This Now? Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. May 1, 2013 The requested tutor and empowerment coaching appointment began with a simple question. My question to the court reporter was simply, “How are you?” There was a loud sigh. The answer began, “I am so tired […]

How’d That Happen? And Real-Time Captioners, Part III of III

How’d That Happen? And Real-Time Captioners, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. April 2013 Part I began: As we listen, as we scan and troll, now and then a moment may stop us in our tracks. Each track depends on where we are at that moment. Each track when viewed over […]

Game-Changer … Will He Make It?, Part III of III

Game-Changer … Will He Make It?, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. March 2013 Part I began: During an errand to a home improvement center, I witnessed a “game-changing moment,” in my opinion. It unfolded before my ears – and my eyes. Then I was gifted with an opportunity. I needed […]

An Alpha State of Mind, Part III of III

An Alpha State of Mind, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. January 28, 2013 Part III of III: When the work ended I was surprised how many people stayed to elaborate on the discussion. Again, what I thought to be a “normal day at the office” became a targeted focus – […]

An Alpha State of Mind, Part II of III

An Alpha State of Mind, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. January 14, 2013 Part I of III began: Did you know that while your brain is in the alpha state that your muscles, nervous system, and cells have a different pulse per second? Scientists have discovered that brain waves within […]

An Alpha State of Mind, Part I of III

An Alpha State of Mind, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. January 3, 2013 Part I of III: Did you know that while your brain is in the alpha state that your muscles, nervous system, and cells have a different pulse per second? Scientists have discovered that brain waves within the […]

Wheels Slowing Spinning? What’s Your Motivation? Part III of III

Wheels Slowing Spinning? What’s Your Motivation? Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. October 2012 Part I began: If you could do anything with your life what would it be? What would you ‘really’ do with your time, your heart, your ears, and your hands? Would you share your court reporting skills […]

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part III of III

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I began: An invitation to join friends (each working in college student services) for lunch with their colleagues began with introductions. I selected the restaurant, away from busy “spots” as many were new to this city. While […]

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part II of III

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I began: An invitation to join friends (each working in college student services) for lunch with their colleagues began with introductions. I selected the restaurant, away from busy “spots” as many were new to this city. While […]

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part I of III

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I: An invitation to join friends (each working in college student services) for lunch with their colleagues began with introductions. I selected the restaurant, away from busy “spots” as many were new to this city. While chewing […]

Thriving In Five – Or Less, Part III of III

Thriving In Five – Or Less, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: Why thrive in five? Why thrive with less? I believe the majority of individuals in the court reporting profession think of the number ‘five’ as a take, a 5-minute take. Thriving in five? Yes. Thriving in less […]

Thriving In Five – Or Less, Part I of III

Thriving In Five – Or Less, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: Why thrive in five? Why thrive with less? I believe the majority of individuals in the court reporting profession think of the number ‘five’ as a take, a 5-minute take. Thriving in five? Yes. Thriving in less […]

Weeding, Inner Landscapes, Nuclear Implants, Part III of III

Weeding, Inner Landscapes, Nuclear Implants, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: The sun is shining; it is almost 80 degrees in Texas as I write this column in March. Winter was mild here and after months and months with severe drought and watering restrictions, we have rain. We have […]

Weeding, Inner Landscapes, Nuclear Implants, Part II of III

Weeding, Inner Landscapes, Nuclear Implants, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: The sun is shining; it is almost 80 degrees in Texas as I write this column in March. Winter was mild here and after months and months with severe drought and watering restrictions, we have rain. We have […]

Weeding, Inner Landscapes, Nuclear Implants, Part I of III

Weeding, Inner Landscapes, Nuclear Implants, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: The sun is shining; it is almost 80 degrees in Texas as I write this column in March. Winter was mild here and after months and months with severe drought and watering restrictions, we have rain. We have […]

How To Write Ineffectively, Part III of III

How To Write Ineffectively, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. “There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus”, March 2012, included one sentence that has resulted in (many, many) private emails from students, court reporters, CART providers, and broadcast captioners. I have been asked to elaborate. … Part II: Is the […]

How To Write Ineffectively, Part II of III

How To Write Ineffectively, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. “There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus”, March 2012, included one sentence that has resulted in (many, many) private emails from students, court reporters, CART providers, and broadcast captioners. I have been asked to elaborate. … Part II: Is the […]

How To Write Ineffectively, Part I of III

How To Write Ineffectively, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. “There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus”, March 2012, included one sentence that has resulted in (many, many) private emails from students, court reporters, CART providers, and broadcast captioners. I have been asked to elaborate. I wrote, “… The circus […]

There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus, Part III of III

There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I: Privately working with students and experienced court reporters a theme appears with each person. A desire is born. A wanting is experienced. Boundaries are removed. Fences (insecurities) are lowered. … Part II: Students and court […]

There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus, Part II of III

There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: Privately working with students and experienced court reporters a theme appears with each person. A desire is born. A wanting is experienced. Boundaries are removed. Fences (insecurities) are lowered. Individuals who have been on […]

There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus, Part I of III

There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Privately working with students and experienced court reporters a theme appears with each person. A desire is born. A wanting is experienced. Boundaries are removed. Fences (insecurities) are lowered. Individuals who have been on autopilot seek to […]

My Village Chief is HOH, Part III of III

My Village Chief is HOH, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: My village chief sprinted into a parent’s hospital room wearing shorts, sandals (no socks), and a NCAA basketball T-shirt, Saturday morning. He was all business, dressed casually. When he spoke his first two sentences, I knew. I listened […]

My Village Chief is HOH, Part I of III

My Village Chief is HOH, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: My village chief sprinted into a parent’s hospital room wearing shorts, sandals (no socks), and a NCAA basketball T-shirt, Saturday morning. He was all business, dressed casually. When he spoke his first two sentences, I knew. I listened […]

“I Don’t Listen Well,” He Said, Part II of III

“I Don’t Listen Well,” He Said, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: When the medical specialist stood over my mother’s ICU bed and said, “I don’t listen well,” I was sure he was joking. My mother was admitted into the hospital via ER. We thought it was a […]

Conflicting Goals, Your Sandbox, And Circling, Part II of III

Conflicting Goals, Your Sandbox, And Circling, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. March 2011 Part I began: Listening to a court reporter I ‘heard’ a pattern. The court reporter and CART provider, now gainfully employed, is seeking to advance goals. Great. The court reporter has a full-time job. Great. The court […]

De-Can’t The I Can’t, Part III of III

De-Can’t The I Can’t, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. November/December 2010 Part I began: This November/December column was prompted after listening to an experienced court reporter express their “current mindset” during private coaching and tutoring. The reporter, with vast experience, said, “I can’t do that. There can’t be no opportunities.” […]

Shelley Arthur: Consummate Professional And Important Friend, Part III of III

By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. I want to highlight and celebrate the life of a dear friend, court reporter, CART provider, and broadcast captioner. Shelley Darlene Arthur of Vancouver, Canada, was passionate about her work, our profession, and working with deaf, HOH (hard of hearing) and animals. No one – and I mean no […]

Shelley Arthur: Consummate Professional And Important Friend, Part II of III

“Shelley Arthur: Consummate Professional And Important Friend,” Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. I want to highlight and celebrate the life of a dear friend, court reporter, CART provider, and broadcast captioner. Shelley Darlene Arthur of Vancouver, Canada, was passionate about her work, our profession, and working with deaf, HOH (hard […]

Shelley Arthur: Consummate Professional And Important Friend, Part I of III

“Shelley Arthur: Consummate Professional And Important Friend,” Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. I want to highlight and celebrate the life of a dear friend, court reporter, CART provider, and broadcast captioner. Shelley Darlene Arthur of Vancouver, Canada, was passionate about her work, our profession, and working with deaf, HOH (hard […]