... Introduction

On the side of a napkin ...

Helpful Tips

TIP 1: Study the lessons in sequence. They build upon each other.

TIP 2: Don't rush. Concentrate on correctness. Speed will come later.

TIP 3: Write small. Smaller letters are written faster.

TIP 4: Practice with pen and paper whenever possible. This gives you a trail of notes and writing samples to study later.

TIP 5: Continue using any abbreviations or shorthand tricks you already love to use.

Cursive or Print?

Before you get started, you should decide which writing style you will be using ... cursive or print?

We recommend cursive because the special Jot features connect perfectly with cursive writing.

If you already know cursive, begin with the first Jot lesson: Streamlining Letters.

If you don't know cursive, try the Cursive Jump Start lesson first. You can practice cursive while you learn to Jot!

If you prefer to print, switch the writing style from "C" to "P" to view printed illustrations. Some speed goals may be harder to hit when you print. No worries. You're still doing very, very well. Skip ahead now to Lesson #2 Abbreviating Words.