Frequently Asked Questions
The amount of time required correlates with the amount of time and effort you put in. We usually say that our programme takes about 12 hours to complete. At this point, all of the Keys should have been learned and it will be a case of continued practice to increase words per minute.
Yes absolutely, if not more successful as pupils are not distracted by others in the class.
Our Flexi courses are designed so that you can learn to Touch Type anytime anywhere! We set the first tasks to complete, once you have completed those you will be asked to submit your report and we will then set the next set of tasks. We give feedback via email on how you may be able to improve and also ask for short videos of your Typing so that we can monitor your finger placement.
The programme we use was designed with dyslexic learners in mind but is suitable for all children or adults whether they have learning difficulties or not.
By learning to touch type, children can save a lot of time preparing work. Learning to type can also help children with specific learning difficulties such as ADHD, dysgraphia, and dyslexia, where they will often struggle to write by hand.
We find that this depends on the child and whether they are keen to learn and happy to sit still for a period of time! We teach children aged 8 and upwards as we feel that they get the most out of learning to Touch Type.
Unlike other touch typing software, Englishtype maximises literacy benefits at the same time as teaching typing. Unique colour coding of fingers & letters boosts skill learning. The programme consists of lessons, Games Boosters and Spellings so it keeps the student interested throughout. We have used a variety of programmes and have found this to be the most successful.
Our Flexi courses do tend to work if the student has a busy lifestyle or commitments after school/college. They can be done anytime and anywhere that suits them.
Our Online courses are good if the student would like a set time each week to learn to Touch type. They do this online with a teacher to help and advise throughout via Zoom.
You are never too old to learn how to touch type! It’s definitely a skill worth mastering if you’re looking for a new career, embarking on a degree course or simply want to improve your computer skills.
5 Benefits of Touch Typing skills
• Save time. Perhaps the most obvious benefit of learning to touch type is that it saves an individual (and their company) considerable amounts of time.
• Eases frustration with school written work, therefore increasing confidence in the classroom.
• Increased speed of text production.
• Increases workplace productivity.
How can Touch Typing help students who are Neurodiverse?
When my sons were independently diagnosed with ADHD and Dyslexia & Processing Delay in their early teens, both reports advised that they learn to Touch Type to help them with their schoolwork and exams. Knowing this wasn’t readily taught at school, I began looking into how they could learn this skill! (It soon became apparent how incredible this skill could be for the boys school work as well as exams and so QWERTYkids was born!)
Over the past 4 years at QWERTYKids, we have met so many children with neurodiverse profiles, all of whom have been recommended to learn to Touch Type. It may take them a little longer to complete therogramme, but they can still become proficient Touch Typists, meaning they will be less focused on what their fingers are doing, leaving their mind free to focus on what is important, the written content and creativity.
Why does Touch Typing help?
Touch Typing provides a useful alternative to handwriting, especially if handwriting is a challenge for students with a neurodiverse profile such as ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia (developmental coordination disorder) & Dysgraphia. For these students, written work can be a very difficult area, but when done on a computer and Touch Typing, it’s a totally different process in the brain compared to writing with a pen.
Although there are other options available, such as dictation (using a scribe) or voice recognition software, these options can be very time consuming and difficult to master, especially for the neurodiverse child who often struggles with short term memory.
For all students, Touch Typing becomes an unconscious physical skill reducing mental load and freeing their conscious mind to concentrate on more important tasks such as planning, composing, processing, proof-reading and editing (often problem areas). It makes life a lot easier and it’s an area where children with dyslexia can excel.
We would love to see more schools recognising the importance of enabling all children to learn to Touch Type, especially those with Neurodiversities. It is a great way to give these children greater confidence in the classroom, when sitting exams, preparing for University and Job applications. It is a skill which will help them not only at school but through the entirety of their life. Technology is not going anywhere, it is constantly evolving and used throughout our everyday lives.
As quoted by the British Dyslexia Association:
“For many pupils with dyslexia and/or dyspraxia the difficulties associated with handwriting can mean that the only way that they can achieve the speed of writing needed for success in the education system is to use a computer. If this is the case, then learning to touch type will be beneficial.