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I began using voice recognition typing in the fall of 1993 as a means of bypassing my problems with manual typing. Before the voice typing came my way, my typing was horrible, leading me to do poorly on assignments involving writing. Writing was slow and frustrating both by hand and on a keyboard. Often, I would have to abridge my creative writing for school, as typing it out was very tedious and difficult.

Once I had procured my voice typing system, I was able to write and edit papers with relative ease. This was probably the only thing that kept me afloat through my seventh grade year.

When I returned from my summer vacation, my voice had changed significantly enough to set my voice typing askew. Words that I did not want or intend found their way into my papers more and more often, instead of the longer and more tedious voice correction. (No dammit! I said Foxtrot, OSCAR, Romeo. OSCAR!!!)

Thus, my eighth grade year became a weaning period from my voice typing. I began to type more papers, often typing and voice typing at the same time. It ultimately became easier for me to type my papers than to "speak" them. I still credit voice activated typing for allowing me to type at a semi-normal speed and accuracy rate.

Learning to voice type was extremely easy, although time-consuming. It required a professional trainer to come in and spend about two days, working on training the computer to my voice, as well as instructing me in all the necessary commands.

Voice typing allowed me to create longer and more detailed papers, and impacted my spelling and punctuation use. Voice typing was and is, an indispensable tool for the betterment of my typing skills.