StarTran Highlights

StarTran was written by a Certified Reporting Instructor.


Our "Seven Steps to Success" method explains how to study theory.


Unique and varied practice exercises.


A uniform lesson format for easy learning.


Clarifying illustrations with boldly boxed theory principles.


Note-reading immersion.


Consistent phonetics.


Simplified conflict resolution taught from start to finish.


StarTran emphasizes the economy of stroking.


Briefs that fit the theory - not shoe-horned in.


Simple number system that translates perfectly.


Unique and easy "Compound Elements."


All major punctuation marks are incorporated into practice.

StarTran - Compare Theories
The difference is plain to see.

StarTran Realtime Theory strikes a healthy balance that many theories lack. It's logical. It's short. It's a proven winner. If you're familiar with court reporting theory and would like to see the different theories in action, we've created a chart that compares StarTran Realtime Theory, StenEd Theory, Phoenix Theory and Stenomaster Theory. View Chart

Language Logic - English is one of the hardest languages to learn. Why? There is an exception to every rule - it makes very little sense. Other languages, like Spanish, are very consistent and easier to learn. What you see is what you get across the board. That's language logic. That kind of language logic is the foundation of StarTran Realtime Theory. When rules are consistent, learning is easier.

Writing Short -"Writing short" means using the fewest strokes possible to write what you hear. On the surface, it makes sense - fewer strokes - faster writing. And that's true in some cases. But when you write too short, you have to sacrifice some writing logic - theory consistency. Writing too short requires more memorization, which has proven to be too challenging for many students. StarTran utilizes a healthy balance of writing short and writing with logic.





When StarTran was first on the market, the trend for realtime was to write out every stroke. StarTran was even criticized for having too many briefs! In the intervening years the conventional wisdom in the court reporting community changed from write long to write short and vise versa several times. Today most reporters believe that briefs help you to write faster, and we're glad because we've always known that. StarTran claims to be the best but not necessarily the very shortest theory in the world -- though no doubt we are in second place for that distinction. In fact, when StarTran Realtime Theory is applied to his 285 wpm test for proving that short writing is faster, according to Mark Kislingbury, our reporters, at .91 strokes per word, are writing right between "short strokes" and "very short strokes" and would be designated as "very fast" writers at 4.32 strokes per second. There are a lot of reasons to choose StarTran Theory, and "short" is indeed one of them!



Realtime Writing - We now live in a world of instant gratification. There was a time when a court reporter's work wouldn't be seen until after the editing process was complete. Now, realtime is king. Your steno notes have to be clean now, as you write, not later after you have had time to edit. That means that as a student, you need to learn a theory that's created with realtime writing in mind, free of conflicts. StarTran Realtime Theory takes that approach from the very first day.

Teaching Platform - Selecting the proper theory is just the first step. Just as important is how you learn your theory. Using the SimplySteno teaching platform, you work with small learning modules and are coached every step of the way. We use a unique "Seven Steps to Success" method that breaks theory practice down into seven proven retention activities. The best theory on the best teaching platform. The difference is plain to see!

NCRA-Approved - StarTran Realtime Theory is one of the few theories approved by the National Court Reporters Association.