Shorthand is rapid system of writing and is ideal for taking notes at speed ready to transcribe later. You use symbols (called outlines) for each letter of the alphabet. Each outline is a shortened or core version of the cursive form of the letter with unnecessary strokes stripped away. Each day, you will need to practise the shorthand skills you learn to familiarise yourself with each stroke. If you can already touch type, this will speed up work on essays and dissertations. If you can't, why not also join our speed typing course?

A famous quote from the book, 'Dracula', by Bram Stoker, mentions shorthand as ... 'a vile thing, an outrage upon friendship and hospitality.' It's reassuring to know that Vampires can't read shorthand!