... FAQs
Jot (def.): To write (something) quickly.

Common Questions

What is Jot?

Jot is a set of writing tricks you can apply to each and every word you write so you can take valuable notes without falling behind.

Use Jot to capture every detail of important meetings or client requests. It's great for taking notes, editing, brainstorming, making lists, and even keeping your personal journal more private.

Jot lets you make notes without the stress of being bound to technology. With the click of a pen you can take better notes, anytime, anywhere, about anything at all.

How does Jot work?

Jot works by the process of elimination.

Some letters are streamlined to eliminate unnecessary strokes. Other letters are eliminated by simple spelling rules to create easy-to-read abbreviations. Common word endings are written with a single quick stroke. And many simple words, like "and" and "the" have special abbreviations.

Your pen moves at the same speed. You simply write faster because you write less.

Is Jot the same as Shorthand?

Not exactly. Shorthand is filled with dots, lines, and squiggle symbols. Once mastered, writing speeds exceeding 100 WPM are possible.

Jot uses the same alphabetic characters that you already know how to read and write. With Jot it is possible to write comfortably at 80 to 85 WPM.

Unlike traditional shorthand, which can take many months or years to master, you can learn Jot in just hours.

How much faster can I expect to write?

Improvements vary from person to person. Most people will double their current writing speed. Some will do even better than that.

Your commitment to practice will make a difference.

How long does it take to learn?

Jot is taught in four lessons. That's right! Only four lessons. Each lesson takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Understanding Jot isn't the same as actually writing with it. To master Jot, you should plan to spend a few additional hours with the "Exercises and Speed Drills" practice area.

What teaching methods are used?

Jot is taught using short animated presentations. The animations can be repeated using the instant replay icon. A variable speed control lets you view animations using an 80 WPM writing speed, a faster reading speed, or an instantaneous speed. You choose.

Reading, writing, and listening skills are developed in an "Exercises and Speed Drills" practice area where you put it all together.

Speed drills and writing sprints help you kick your writing to 80 WPM. Use these drills and sprints to confirm your progress.

What if I don’t know cursive/script?

Most of the Jot technique can be used with the print form of writing, but we encourage everyone to pick up cursive along the way.

A cursive jump-start lesson is available for students wishing to learn. Since Jot only uses lower case cursive letters, the job is half done.

Presentations and exercises can be toggled between cursive and print for rapid comparisons.

Why should I choose this course?

Jot is far and away the easiest form of speedy writing you can learn.

Color coded handwriting animations make Jot concepts crystal clear.

You may switch between cursive and print with a single click, or tap, making cursive easier to learn as you learn to Jot.

Dozens of practice exercises are available to help you master the content.

Speed drills and Sprints let you see how you are doing. It's really fun trying to beat your previous best.