Category Archives: Court reporting students

Press Release: Purple Books Pass Rate 99% for NCRA’s RPR and State CSRs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Purple Books, CRRbooks.com, is proud to share: January’s 2017 RPR and multiple State CSR pass rates were over 99%. CA’s CSR tests in March; NY’s Civil Service Court Reporter test is May; NCRA’s RPR and RDR is April 8 – 20; IL, TX, and WA test April 2017. Additional states and […]

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 II

The Lesson Behind “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”, Coach’s Corner, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: I detailed how one sentence I shared shifted a student’s focus when she phoned my Court Reporters Reference Books & CDs office to order a product to assist her to advance in […]

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 […]

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects, Part II of III

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. July 28, 2013 Part I began: The nurse, RN, was speaking to me about my mother’s recent ICU discharge when overhead speakers broadcast a doctor’s page. He cupped one hand over the back of each ear. I watched, sans comment. […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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.” […]

“Accuracy of Sign Interpreting & Real-Time to Deaf Students” Part III

“Accuracy of Sign Interpreting & Real-Time to Deaf Students” Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I is posted April 7, 2010, at www.monettebenoit.com Part II is posted, April 19, 2010. Last month I shared “A Number of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D.” Karen created ‘firsts’ graduating with […]

“Accuracy of Sign Interpreting & Real-Time to Deaf Students” Part II of III

“Accuracy of Sign Interpreting & Real-Time to Deaf Students” Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I is posted April 7, 2010, at www.monettebenoit.com Last month I shared “A Number of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D.” Karen created ‘firsts’ graduating with a bachelor’s in neuroscience and acceptance to […]

“Accuracy of Sign Interpreting & Real-Time to Deaf Students”

“Accuracy of Sign Interpreting & Real-Time to Deaf Students” Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Last month I shared “A Number of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D.” Karen Sadler created ‘firsts’ graduating with a bachelor’s in neuroscience and acceptance to the Center for Neuroscience at the University of […]

A Number Of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D., Part III of III

A Number Of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D., Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I was posted on Monette’s Musings: www.monettebenoit.com 3/17/10. Part II was posted on www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com 3/23/10. Karen Sadler, Ph.D., shares: “I met my husband at college. We moved to Pittsburgh, PA, when […]

A Number Of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D., Part II of III

A Number Of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D., Part II of III, 3/23/10 By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I was posted on Monette’s Musings: www.monettebenoit.com 3/17/10. Part III was posted on www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com 3/31/10. PASSING THE TEST Karen Sadler “was born in Salt Lake City severely hard of hearing, […]

A Number Of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D., Part I of III

A Number of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I was posted on Monette’s Musings: www.monettebenoit.com 3/23/10.Part II was posted on www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com 3/31/10. The October e-mail from Karen Sadler began: “Hi Monette. I hope you remember me. A few years […]

Leaves of Grass and Accuracy, Part 3 of 3

Leaves of Grass and Accuracy, Part 3 of 3 By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I was posted on Monette’s Musings, www.monettebenoit.com January 4, 2010Part II was posted January 13, 2010 This month’s column initiates a dialogue – one I discussed with many. I have permission for each quote from students and reporters. Successful […]

Leaves of Grass and Accuracy, Part 2 of 3

Leaves of Grass and Accuracy, Part 2 of 3 By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I was posted January 4, 2010 This month’s column initiates a dialogue – one I discussed with many. I have permission for each quote from students and reporters. Successful professionals said, “And call it a New Year’s resolution! You […]

Leaves of Grass and Accuracy, Part I of 3

Leaves of Grass and Accuracy, Part I of 3 By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. This month’s column initiates a dialogue – one I discussed with many. I have permission for each quote from students and reporters. Successful professionals said, “And call it a New Year’s resolution! You need to do this.” I deal with […]

1-800-CALL-GOD-NOW

1-800-CALL-GOD-NOW By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Sheryl E. Stapp, RPR, CSR, CART provider is multi-talented, a dear friend. I profiled her in a prior article ‘Love, Signs, God and Numerology’ available on my web site, www.CRRbooks.com which prepares students and court reporters for NCRA and state written knowledge tests, expanding […]

She Never Speaks; She Spoke To You; Why Can’t She Just Learn English?

She Never Speaks; She Spoke To You; Why Can’t She Just Learn English? By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. One morning in June, I got an early start. The store was near empty. I had me a 2007 Christmas gift certificate. My mission: new dish towels. I went to the kitchen […]

Cracking The Code To Testing and Court Reporting Certifications, Part Two

Cracking The Code To Testing and Court Reporting Certifications, Part TwoBy Monette Benoit Copyright 2008 by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Within the previous Monette’s Musings post, www.monettebenoit.com, I wrote, “Cracking the code to tests and certifications is more than a metaphor. Expanding our goals is part of our path as keeper of the record. […]

Cracking The Code To Testing And Passing Court Reporting Certifications

Cracking The Code To Testing And Passing Court Reporting Certifications, Part One By Monette Benoit Copyright 2008 by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Cracking the code to tests and certifications is more than a metaphor. Expanding our vision and our goals are part of our path as court reporters, the keeper of the record, historical […]