When to start using dictation regularly

I am learning the simplified method.  I have written from dictation at times, but am not sure if the idea is that i should do this for every lesson.  So my question is, at what point in learning theory is the self studying student supposed to begin using diction.  I know that the obvious answer would be "as soon as you start writing" but i am wondering if it is better to wait until later possibly even until theory is finished and i move on to speed building.  Or should i begin right away?  If i do begin, is it supplemental or should i not regard myself as having completed a lesson until i have written it from dictation?

(by Ryan for group greggshorthand)

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