Do you use a computer at work? Do you want to type more quickly and accurately? If so online touch-typing learning materials are now available for you.
If you use a computer at work but cannot touch type (that is to type with all of your fingers and without looking at the keyboard) then these learning materials will be of enormous benefit to you. ‘Typequick Professional’ is an online typing course which will have you touch typing faster and more accurately within two or three months if you commit yourself to improving your typing and if you are prepared to practice regularly. ‘Little and often’ will get the best results, and that means around 30 minutes a day most days a week for about 4 – 6 weeks. You will be able to practice at your own pace at work, home or anywhere where you can access a computer with a broadband connection.
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What is ‘Typequick Professional’?
Typequick Professional is an online learning program that teaches touch typing skills.
What is touch typing?
Touch typing involves typing with all of your fingers whilst keeping your eyes fixed on the computer screen, not down at the keyboard.
What are the benefits of being able to touch type?
You will type faster and therefore save time. You will become more productive at work and this may help to reduce stress during busy periods. Your typing will also be more accurate and you will reduce the risk of picking up ‘repetitive strain injuries’ (RSI).
How fast will I be able to type after using Typequick?
Speeds will vary between individuals but most touch typists will achieve speeds of around 40 words per minute (wpm) with practice. (Some people have even reached speeds of 100 wpm!). Non touch typists struggle to reach 30 wpm and often have to spend extra time correcting their work afterwards.
What are the outcomes of the course?
- Staff who touch type are able to type faster and are therefore more productive
- Staff are able to check their work as they typed, thus improving accuracy and saving time
- Staff adopt a better posture whilst working at the computer, which in turn reduces the chances of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) that could include neck and upper back problems caused by constantly looking down at the keyboard
- Faster, more accurate typing leads to greater productivity and better use of resources
- Touch-typists produce more accurately typed correspondence which gives a more professional impression and avoids potentially costly mistakes.
How long does it take to learn to touch type?
It will depend on how much time you spend practicing and how determined you are. Some people learn with about 10 – 20 hours of practice over a period of three – four weeks. It might then take a few more weeks of regular practice to reach speeds of over 40 wpm.
How often should I practice?
Whilst you are learning to touch type, it is best to practice at least five days a week for 30 minutes to an hour, over a period of about 30 days. If you have been typing with two fingers for years, it may take you a little longer. If you can’t manage that amount of time, try to practice every day for at least 15 minutes.
How long will I have access to the online learning materials?
You will usually have up to one year’s access, but with regular practice and firm commitment to succeed, you should be able to learn to touch type within 2 – 3 months, or perhaps even less.
Where do I go to use the learning materials?
Your own personalised course will be available on the Internet, so you can use it on any computer that has a broadband internet connection.
Can I share the learning materials with someone else?
No. If you let someone else use your course then you will be breaching the terms of the licence. You will be given a user name and a password so that you can access your course. As you progress through the course, it will save your scores and report your strengths and weaknesses to help you progress. If someone else uses your course, it will not accurately reflect your progress.
What sort of computer do I need?
You will need to have access to a computer with a broadband internet connection, a keyboard and audio output, either through the screen or through headphones. A laptop is OK, but sometimes the keyboards on laptops are small and therefore you may find it a little more difficult to learn. Don’t try and learn using other smaller devices such as an i-Pad unless you are able to plug a conventional keyboard into it.
Is there a User Guide?
Yes, from the course log-in page you will see a ‘documents’ tab. If you click on that before logging in, you will be able to open a Student Guide and you can download it if you like and print it.
How do I get help if I have a problem?
Will I need to do a test?
At the beginning of the course, you will be asked to complete a short online typing assessment, lasting 5 minutes, which will find out your current speed and accuracy level. Your score will show on screen immediately you finish the assessment. It isn’t a ‘test’, it is simply to find out your current skill level so that a comparison can be made when you have finished the course. At the end of your course, you will complete the same assessment, providing you with a clear illustration of the progress you have made.
Will I get a Certificate?
Yes, you will be awarded a certificate at the end of your training which will show the speed and accuracy you achieved in your final post-course assessment.