Category Archives: Test Prep

Press Release: Plan Now! Prepare Now! 98% Successful Pass

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October’s NCRA’s RPR, RDR, and State CSR written exams are right around the corner. Currently, registration periods are open. Plan now! Prepare now to become one of the 98% successful pass rate by students, court reporters, and CART Captioners on the RPR, RDR, and State CSR exams. Pedagogically sound, covering a wealth […]

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 […]

Dr. Vincent Di Maio, Expert Witness, Part III of III

Dr. Vincent Di Maio, Expert Witness, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: Dr. Vincent Di Maio recently testified as a forensic pathologist for the defense in the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman. He is consistently described “as a legend.” Watching Dr. Di Maio on CNN’s live coverage, […]

Dr. Vincent Di Maio, Expert Witness, Part II of III

Dr. Vincent Di Maio, Expert Witness, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: Dr. Vincent Di Maio recently testified as a forensic pathologist for the defense in the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman. He is consistently described “as a legend.” Watching Dr. Di Maio on CNN’s live coverage, […]

Dr. Vincent Di Maio, Expert Witness, Part I of III

Dr. Vincent Di Maio, Expert Witness, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I of III Dr. Vincent Di Maio recently testified as a forensic pathologist for the defense in the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman. He is consistently described “as a legend.” Watching Dr. Di Maio on CNN’s live […]

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects, Part I of III

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. July 11, 2013 Part I of III 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. I am witnessing […]

Ouch. That Hurt My Ears! Part III of III

Ouch. That Hurt My Ears! Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. June 2013 Part I began: Another errand. Another task to be completed. My mother has been hospitalized for a while now. We have serious issues – to include ICU and MRSA isolation (multiple hospital bacteria, each gifted to Mom – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.” […]

Simple Silence, Part I of III

Simple Silence, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. I want to plant a seed; simple silence. Silence is powerful. I have Deaf friends (their term) who would not change their deafness. They embrace their world. A special memory was created when I introduced two people who have been deaf since childhood. […]

She’s the CARTographer; She Does CARTography!

She’s the CARTographer; She Does CARTography!By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Arriving home Christmas evening, we received the call that a friend’s father had died. “The wake is tomorrow. Could you attend?” While my family checked funeral attire, I pulled the obituary for specifics. I had first met the deceased gentleman […]

Then Al Weinstein Asked, “Did I Help You?” Chief Reporter, United Nations

Then Al Weinstein Asked, “Did I Help You?” Chief Reporter, United NationsBy Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Al wanted this story. Al asked for this story. My intent was to surprise Al Weinstein in this JCR, Journal of Court Reporting, July 1999 special collector’s edition. When Al died, I felt it. […]