If you are planning to attend an Idaho school in order to become a court reporter, then you are probably filled with lots of questions. Most new students want to know about the classes they will be taking, what their teachers will be like, and how difficult and heavy the workload will be.
What this all boils down to, essentially, is wanting to know about the day to day life of a court reporting major in the state. What your day will be like, however, will depend upon where you go to school and the kind of court reporter you are hoping to become.
For online students, the typical daily schedule is obviously much different than it is for traditional students. While a few online schools will require students to be virtually “in class” at set times and online locations, most will simply allow students to read, view recorded lectures, and take tests and quizzes or do homework at their own convenience.
Usually, there are set dates that assignments and tests are due, and the students are notified well ahead of time of when they must turn in their work. For busy working adults or for those with other responsibilities, online schools can be an ideal fit.
Traditional students, however, tend to have more rigid schedules. Typically, they must be in class anywhere from one to three times a week, usually at the same time and place. Classes take places during the day most frequently, but there are sometimes evening and even weekend classes as well.
Students sign up for the classes they wish to take, though certain classes will be required in order to earn their degrees. They can also choose the general time they wish to take the class and the professor whom they wish to study under.
Most all courtroom reporting majors will take classes centering around the workings of the judicial system, courtroom proceedings, recording and reporting methods, and judicial ethics. However, other classes will vary considerably depending upon the type of court reporting that the student is going into.
This is why it is so very important that all students know what kind of job they wish to have in courtroom reporting long before they ever sign up for classes or enroll in a program.
Those who are in school for stenographic reporting, for example, will likely have lots of classes designed to familiarize them with the stenograph, how it is designed, and how it works. Later in their coursework, they will often have classes testing their proficiency with the stenograph.
For electronic courtroom reporters, classes will center around using different types of audio equipment and effective note taking while in the courtroom. Voice writers will learn how to use the voice silencer properly, and the best methods for speaking clearly and accurately into the silencer.
Obviously, learning the technology needed to do one’s job is a huge focus in the educational system, and rightfully so. Without this equipment, work could not be accomplished.