Face to Face and Remote Touch Typing Courses with Qualified Tutor Supervision
It is now widely accepted that being able to touch type is a particularly beneficial skill for students with dyslexia, dyspraxia or similar assessments.
Why is Touch Typing such an Important Skill?
Touch typing has wide ranging benefits, saves many hours of time and gains learners significant advantages at school and university, as well as giving them a highly regarded asset for a future career.
The skill transforms the ease with which computers are used, taking a burden off the working memory and allowing more space for higher order thinking. So instead of worrying about ‘finding a key on the keyboard’, the brain is free to focus solely on ideas while eyes remain on the screen.
The practice at eye-hand co-ordination and letter recognition help many make quicker cognitive jumps in schoolwork, aiding performance and boosting confidence. For those with learning difficulties, handwriting problems or those given permission to use a computer in exams, it can be transformational.
Why is it Tricky to Learn?
Touch typing involves learning at least 32 finger-to-key movements, replacing old habits of “location memory” with “muscle memory’.
Left to their own devices, almost no-one learns it properly, taking ‘location memory shortcuts’ and so turning into ‘hunt & peckers’ for life.
Youngsters often think they can “type fast” already using hunt & peck methods which to any touch typist are exhausting to watch! (Putting a teacloth over their hands helps them appreciate the difference)
What Age is Ideal to Learn this Skill?
8yrs + with no upper age limit.
Courses open to all ages
Inhouse School Holiday Course
Highly engaging course
Lots of 1:1 support
“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
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."
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!
L&D H: Hampshire
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
Some Touch Typing FAQ's.
Q: Why is Touch Typing so advantageous?
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?
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?
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!