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What Is SuperWrite?

By Angela Farrer
Updated May 23, 2024
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SuperWrite is a type of English shorthand used for transcription and note-taking that does not require the user to learn an entirely new set of symbols, as in some other kinds of speed-writing systems. Using this type of shorthand involves removing the vowel letters from words and creating abbreviations from the remaining consonants. These letters are written in cursive rather than in block printing, and they are each intended to represent the spoken sounds of the words being transcribed. The practice of SuperWrite note-taking is often used in various areas of business as well as education. It is generally considered a useful skill for retaining required information from meetings, lectures, and presentations.

Courses in SuperWrite are often available at both the high school and college level. These classes may be part of the major requirements for a degree or certificate in office skills. They may also be offered as part of a study skills improvement program. Fundamentals of SuperWrite covered in these courses typically include the 26 written alphabet letters, the limited use of capital letters to designate certain meanings, and practice exercises in transcribing from spoken dictation.

The accepted symbols in SuperWrite include the longhand letters of the alphabet, six specific capital letters, and a lowercase "t" that is written uncrossed to give it a separate meaning from the crossed "t." Many students learning this writing system find that one of the most challenging aspects is remembering the meanings of this uncrossed letter and when its use is appropriate. The letters written as capitals with alternate meanings include "X," "C," "S," "O," "U," and "T".

Learners who successfully complete at least one of these shorthand courses are sometimes given a SuperWrite master certificate. This designation often depends on students passing a comprehensive exam at the end of the course. Some versions of this exam may be designed to mainly measure writing speed, while others score for speed, accuracy, and overall neatness. This can often be a plus for job seekers and recent college graduates to add to their resumes.

Professionals in various industries also find this type of English shorthand useful when their jobs require them to attend regular meetings and presentations. Taking notes with a speed-writing system such as SuperWrite can often lead to improved mental recall of the key points. Writing notes in this manner usually allows the note-taker to focus primarily on the topic at hand, rather than on longhand letters.

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