General Overview: The EV360 Realtime Theory's basic concepts are not new or unique, but they are based on the fundamental machine shorthand theory developed by Ward Stone Ireland in the late 1800s and the ever-evolving machine shorthand principles of writing from the ‘70s and ‘80s when students were able to finish court reporting school in two years or less. The theory was develop to be easily learned, following logical theory principles. These principles incorporate the latest technology and artificial intelligence for court reporting, broadcast captioning, and CART reporting. 

Textbook:  The textbook for beginning students contains 69 lessons. Students enrolled in a structured court reporting such as as College of Court Reporting have approximately 15 weeks of class each semester; therefore, students will take approximately 5 lessons a week or one lesson each day. By the end of the 12 to 15 weeks, students learn every sound and can phonetically write any word they hear at a speed of 60 to 80 words per minute.  You should purchase the EV360 Realtime Theory using the following link:

Textbook Lesson Format: New material is gradually presented throughout this textbook along with review lessons. Students must master each concept before they move on to the next lesson as each lesson contains material from previous lessons. To minimize frustration, lessons are balanced so more difficult material is disbursed throughout the textbook and intermingled with easier material. All lessons begin with finger exercises and a warm-up. Except for the review lessons, all lessons contain the following:

  • Drills for numbers, alphabets, finger exercises;
  • New keystrokes, principles of writing, or new steno rules;
  • Keyboard drills and practice,
  • Outlines for brief forms and phrases,
  • Word lists illustrating the new rule and reinforcing previously learned rules,
  • Preview words for all sentences,
  • Sentences for straight-copy practice containing all the new material and reviewing previous material.

To effectively master machine shorthand theory, students should study and write on their machine a minimum of five days a week. The amount of time each day depends on the student, but students will be highly proficient and can complete the program in two years or less if they allow four hours a day for each lesson.