Write Clean! Never lower your standards. Accuracy is the most important part of reporting.
To students: Court reporting school is not about instant gratification. It's about creating good habits and perfecting your skills. Knowing your theory inside and out is the key for speedbuilding. Hesitation will cause you to lose a test, so write it out if you don't remember the brief. Don't be ashamed to ask questions or go a little slower than others. And hang in there.