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Touch Typing Tuition

Diane Gifford has run professional Touch Typing Courses over many years with positive outcomes and wonderful feedback.

Type by Touch is a Skills Activity Provider for Duke of Edinburgh Awards

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"Our eldest son is dyslexic and through the commitment of Type by Touch is now a fluent touch typist. This has unlocked his academic potential in a way unimaginable before the course.

We have seen him move from the bottom of the year group to mid-top in just two years - why wouldn’t every teacher and parent want this?" Dan Howe, Parent

Remote Courses

Simply Log In to our Virtual Private Network using your Laptop or Desktop PC.

Face to Face Courses

We supply ALL the Equipment
● Laptops ● Monitors

● Headphones

● Colour coded keyboards and mice

​​● Keyboard covers

Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties

Educational Psychologists Recommend Students learn to Touch Type to improve their grades.

“Give someone a musical instrument and they need

to be taught how to use it correctly.

How is it different giving them a computer without

teaching them the best way to use a Keyboard?”

  • Improved Exam Results

  • Gain advantages at School and University, as well as having a highly regarded asset for a future career

  • Increased Eye-hand Co-ordination and letter recognition for quicker cognitive jumps, aiding performance and boosting confidence

  • Reduced hand and wrist pain

  • Once learnt never forgotten

  • With automatic finger movements, focus can be entirely on ideas and content, with eyes remaining on the screen. 

 

For those with Learning Difficulties, Handwriting Problems or those given Permission to use a Computer in Exams, it can be Transformational.  

​Don’t Assume your Children can learn with

"Self-Teach" Programmes, or at School

 

Evidence from children who attend our Type by Touch courses clearly shows that relying on them to “self-teach” using downloaded software, rarely works. In fact it often has the opposite effect, embedding incorrect finger movements in the brain.

 

This is especially true for those with Learning Difficulties. 

 

Knowing how busy teachers are, it’s no wonder they may be unable to monitor and supervise correct repetition of finger-to-key movements in order for them to become automatic.

 

If a parent or teacher cannot touch type, it’s hard for them to appreciate the difference between ‘keyboard familiarity’ (turning children into lifelong ‘hunt & peckers’) and Touch Typing, which uses unconscious muscle memory, freeing the brain from all that ‘hunt & peck’ exhaustion!

"When children are not able to touch type while carrying out tasks, the computer might become more of a hindrance than an effective tool.

Full automation of typing can only be achieved with intensive guidance.”

 - Journal of Computer Assisted Learning: Study of 207 students in Grades 4, 5 and 6.

Courses open to all ages

Courses open to all ages

Inhouse School Holiday Course

Inhouse School Holiday Course

Highly engaging course

Highly engaging course

Lots of 1:1 support

Lots of 1:1 support

Diane Tutoring Student

“Thank you for your calmness. patience and encouragement. It is exactly what my son need. I think that this is more than a typing exercise for him, but also a lesson in stillness and persistency.

Karen BH: Wiltshire

Bellingham, Near Kielder Forest, Northum
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The whole environment that you created was such a comfortable way for them all to learn without feeling pressurised and without the usual reluctance for them to show themselves up in front of their friends. It was great for our son to quietly ask to be woken early in the morning to do his touch-typing homework practice – not the usual enthusiasm that we see. Thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to come down and we hope to see you again sometime soon."

I loved the course and am now getting to 40 words a minute pretty consistently which I think is really cool.  It’s definitely a skill I’ll use for life.

Ben (16yrs): Yorkshire

Thank you so much for the magic you have worked with F... over the summer. It has genuinely transformed his education - we have just had parents evening and many teachers commented on his newfound ability to Touch Type!

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Elizabeth W.

L&D H: Hampshire

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Some Touch Typing FAQ's.

Q: Why is Touch Typing so advantageous?

 

Diane’s answer: 

The maths says it all. Type at 30wpm and a 300-word email will take 10mins to write; type twice as fast, and you can crank it out in 5mins. Another way to frame it: if you spend one hour a day typing, (a conservative estimate) doubling your typing speed saves you at least 30mins every day.  That’s a lot of time saved – not to mention cutting the wear & tear on one’s neck from all the looking up & down! 

Once accurate finger-to-key movements are learned across the keyboard, speed picks up rapidly with ongoing practice. Once you get to 20wpm, you can touch type faster than you can handwrite.

Q: Why can’t I teach myself to Touch Type – what do I gain from doing a course?

 

Diane’s answer: 

After 10yrs of running courses, I’ve yet to find anyone who’s mastered the skill through self- learning. It requires lots of repetition, encouragement and structured direction  My supervision ensures the correct muscle memories are created, helping break the ‘effort barrier’, and teaching learners that slowing down to learn to touch type is worth the temporary sacrifice.

Q: I can already type quite fast. What difference can you make to my speed?

Diane’s answer: 

Some do reach speeds of around 30wpm. But they have to look down - and so that will always be their speed limit.

There is no comparison to someone with automatic finger movements, who is able to keep their eyes on the screen, attaining speeds up to 100wpm. That is incredibly liberating!