When it comes to skills children need in the future, one of those should be typing. Most jobs will require some use of the computer, not to mention the lessons and classes that will be needed to get to that job. You don't want your child left behind because they do not have the typing skills that could help them!
While there are a lot of choices for a class on teaching typing, finding the right one for each student can be difficult. With The Typing Coach we found a great program that goes at our pace, but still helps us progress when we tried The Typing Coach Online Typing Course.
The Typing Coach Online Typing Course is just that, an online typing course. This course gives you all you need in order to learn how to how to type, increase your typing skills or just practice what you learned when in high school. There are no lesson plans with this course, instead, you work at your own pace using the audio, video and written instructions that are available to you. Upon completion of this course, you will be typing at least 10 words per minute with less than one error per minute. Already know how to type? This course will help you increase your skills to 45 or more words per minute.
There are 7 lessons in this course, and a lot of extra tips. The first thing you will find when you log in, is your course introduction. This gives you all you need to know about how to use this course and all the printables you will need for the rest of the course.
Once you have gone the introductions, and all the beginning stuff, you will take a before snapshot. This will show you your starting point. There are no expectations when it comes to this, just a base to see how much better you will get.
After you take your before snapshot, notice this is not a test, just a snapshot. This is a great way to see your progress as you go through this course.
You have taken your before snapshot? Now it is time to get a start on your lessons. The first and most important is your posture. This is the one thing I remember the most from my lessons when I was in high school. I still make sure that I am sitting upright and my hands are positioned just so. This was big for Moe Man…he is a teenage boy after all!
After you have mastered your posture, you will work on the Home Row, Top Row, Bottom Row, and Shift Keys. Working your way through these lessons should take about a week per lesson. But here is the thing, this is self-paced. You didn't do as you wanted to in the test? No problem, keep working on it! This had a smile on Moe Man's face from the get go! He doesn't like deadlines, so knowing he had as much time as he needed, eased the stressed and opened him up to the process.
Each weekday we worked on the lesson at hand. While the normal student took a week per lesson, Moe Man took about a week and a half, sometimes two. Each day he would repeat the current lesson, repetition was the key here. Get your hands and muscles used to doing something and they won't forget, that was the key. Just like learning to ride the bike, you must train the brain and the fingers to work together. The more practice the better you get!
You are able to check in on your progress as you go along, taking the snapshot and other tests along the way. You can see the simple advances you are making in being the typist you always wanted to be!
Moe Man has taken his time with this course. He is a perfectionist and wants to make sure that if he learns to type, it is the correct way. Due to this, he is still in the middle of this course. Until he passes the learning checks with 100%, he will not move forward, but this is him and the joy of this course, he can choose that if he wants. No pressure or deadlines to go farther faster!