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 Realtime Theory - Testimonials
Real people. Real insight.

Working reporters, students and teachers agree that StarTran Realtime Theory is the perfect way to start off your court reporting, captioning or CART career.


"While being a lot of fun, theory was also a lot of work (as I'm sure you're well aware!) and it is wonderful to feel like I did it well. I would be more than happy to fill out a survey/review of StarTran. I am very happy with the program and never dreamed I could achieve so much in one year.  Thank you for your patience and teaching--I have learned so much in the last year, and am excited to begin speedbuilding as the next step!! All the best,"
Jennifer Freeman, StarTran Online Graduate 


"It certainly wasn’t an easy start to learn this; however, once it clicked in my brain it became really, really fun.  I really love the briefs and took my time learning them to ensure that I knew them backwards and forwards because I believe that is key.  I think the StarTran method is awesome, and I am so happy that I made the decision to enroll in your class."
Nancy Larson, StarTran Online Graduate


"I went to a VA Court Reporters realtime convention today. I was surprised to find I was familiar with most of it because it was already what I'd learned from your theory. I'd love to be a reference for StarTran after all the years.  It's a standing offer.  You can toss my email address out as often as you wish."
Robin Delloro, RPR, Agency Owner, StarTran User


"About StarTran being the best option for real-time CART services, at the time, I did extensive research on theories because I had no clue what to choose. StarTran was the final choice, and I have not regretted this choice for a single moment.  I haven’t had any setback or moment of frustration, simply because I can really relate to your “theory logic.”  For example, there are hardly any briefs that do not click with me. So a huge thank-you for getting me this far! I really cannot say anything negative about last year. So I would love to help you attract new students by simply telling how I have experienced the journey until now."
Theo Tomassen, StarTran Online Graduate

"As a new theory teacher, I'm very pleased to be teaching StarTran court reporting theory. Everything is pretty much set up for you, and in my opinion it is a state-of-the-art realtime theory that I know will enable my students to compete with the best in the field."
Monica Hicks, CSR

"StarTran Theory is a remarkable piece of work. I am especially impressed with the Practice Habits at the beginning of each lesson. Those are brilliant."
Thomas Holub, CRI

"I LOVE STARTRAN!! I love it, I love it, I love it! I would not be a court reporter today if it weren't for StarTran! I just cannot say enough wonderful things about it! I just think it is the best, the best, best theory ...out there!"
Ann Gunther, StarTran Graduate

"Thank you so much! The whole StarTran theory was perfect for me. I'm now working as a court reporter in California!"
Trudi O'Brien, CSR

"Looking at the way that the different theories were taught, I was happy with the way that StarTran gave me what I needed to know up front.  For example, when you learn theory, even from the first lesson in StarTran, you learn briefs and phrases of words, which other theories don't teach you at all.  They teach you to write everything out and learn briefs and phrases after you have finished theory.  In my experience, I found that I went through the speeds at a much faster rate because I wasn't having to look up specific briefs and phrases; most of them I had memorized already and came automatic to me.  Also, the content of the material that you study is more relevant.  StarTran teaches relevant vocabulary.  And the book is kind of fun.  At the beginning of each lesson, there's a little note of encouragement, which is very reassuring."
Christina Rianda, CSR

"Overall, I think your theory is the best, especially the organization and teaching part of it. The order in which you teach the keys and the thoroughness that you have covered prefixes, suffixes and compound elements is superb...Thanks again for all the help and encouragement."
Rhonda Zacharias, CSR, CRR

"I wanted to tell you I really like your study tips in your book. In fact, I went through the entire book and read through them all, and they are just great. And more importantly, they make sense to a beginning student."
Sue Hessen, StarTran Student

"I'm very glad I ordered StarTran. All of the materials are so well thought out, structured, and presented. The combination of the theory, reference, and instructor's manuals and your taped drills and instructions help me to feel confident that I'm learning the theory thoroughly and well and am reinforcing what I'm learning as I go along. For the student who's learning theory on their own, this seems about as close as you can get to being in a classroom with an experienced and skilled teacher. I really appreciate all of the thought, work, care, and skill you put into the StarTran materials. As I mentioned, I ordered a home-study court reporting course, and in terms of quality, your materials are just head and shoulders above that course. I've also ordered other theory and practice materials from various sources, and yours are just first-rate. I'm glad I found them."
Robert Abrams, StarTran Student

"I love StarTran Theory! It was very clear and made a lot of sense so I didn't need much help. The tapes were a challenge, but that's how you learn. I practiced about one to two hours a day and finished Basic and Advanced in about six months."
Leigh Ann Wade, StarTran Student

"Now that I'm in the field I see the conflicts and problems other reporters have and I'm more thankful than ever that I learned StarTran, a truly conflict-free realtime theory."
Sally Davis, CSR, RPR

"I love teaching this theory. It is very different from the one I learned years ago, but the way the material is presented makes it very easy to teach and easy for the students to learn. The backup lessons on the tapes and the lab gives them ample opportunity to practice and learn without having to spend hours in a classroom setting... All in all it is a wonderful program with fabulous tools to help me, as the teacher, help my students.  Thanks for your help."
Melita Hiddle, StarTran Theory Instructor

"I was astonished at what they (my students) were able to do after three weeks.  The theory is making perfect sense to them.  They're reading back wonderfully.  We are just about to wind up the semester.  The course went well.  One student has passed 50 wpm Q&A and will probably pass 60 wpm next week; another student has passed 80 wpm at 96+% and will probably be writing close to 120 by next semester (she has also passed a 50 wpm at 100%).  They are all good phonetic writers and the theory seems to be working well for them.  Yeah!!!!"
Debi Reinhart, CSR, Theory Instructor

"I find the briefs excellent and plan to use as many of the briefs and phrases as I can.  The Reference Volume is very helpful and haven't required support from the author as yet.  The materials are organized in an easy to understand manner.  Reading ahead, especially the Practice Habits at the beginning of each lesson really helps.  Just a note about the vowels -- they're excellent!  It's great that you do lots of drills with them at the beginning.  I don't know if this is standard in teaching stenotype theories, but your approach is very easy to understand."
Billy Sutherland, StarTran Student

"I love my theory.  I knew I had a good foundation, but didn't know how good until I transferred to a new school.  At my new school they were surprised at how clean my notes were. Isn't that the way it's supposed to be?"
Natalie Davies, CSR

"I am very impressed with the teaching technique of your lessons. It is quite obvious that you have many years of teaching experience, as quite a bit of what I read in your texts reflects exactly my thoughts. In many ways your theory is superior to the one I have been teaching."
Mona Cross, Program Director, Wilson College

"I found a lot to like in StarTran. [Practice Habits] really point the students in the right direction and help keep them focused on the goal of achieving mastery of the steno machine. It is nice to find affirmation from an expert in the field. [Your theory] was very educational and actually enjoyable."
Ron Way, Theory Instructor, Houston Community College

"I have previously attended online realtime classes...where I studied Phoenix Theory. The comments on your website are absolutely true. StarTran is much better and easier to learn."
Val Jansen, StarTran Student

"I think your theory is superb, so superior that there wouldn't be any question about which to choose. I'm even incorporating some of it into my own writing!"
Judith Spriggs, Owner - Farr/Spriggs Reporting USA, Inc.

"StarTran is really conflict-free and thorough. I can see that students learning this theory will really have an advantage. You've really got an effective program."
Nina Rollins, CR Department Head, Central California School of Continuing Education

"I am impressed with how very thorough your theory is and how well it is presented."
Candace Bellamy, CSR, Instructor, Oklahoma City, OK

"I'm starting Lesson 10, and I absolutely love StarTran so far!! It makes much more sense to me than Phoenix."
Penny Beaver, StarTran Student

"I have found StarTran Realtime Theory to be a very well-designed, streamlined system of writing . It was easy to learn, and the Practice Habits give valuable advice and support that really helps."
Dawn Fisher, StarTran Student