Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew: The Typing Coach Review

My thirteen year old daughter Katie has decided she likes typing her papers way more than she likes writing them by hand. She has never taken a formal typing course before, and so she has learned some bad typing habits. This was a great time for us to try The Typing Coach Online Typing Course provided by The Typing Coach.

The Typing Coach

Created by a veteran typing teacher, The Typing Coach Online Course uses audio, video, and written instructions to deliver a program that will have you typing at least ten words per minute with no more than one error per minute by the end of the course. In addition to the audio, videos, and written instruction, there is also an online assessment center with timed and scored proficiency tests.

The course is divided into seven lessons, designed to be completed over ten weeks. Since the goal is mastery, however, you can take as much time as you need in each lesson. The lessons cover:

  • Having good posture
  • Home row
  • Top row
  • Bottom row
  • Shift keys
  • Typing practices
  • Number row 

The first lesson has a video demonstration of proper posture. The following lessons have an audio file that you listen to as you type in a word processing program. You listen to the audio as many times you need to, while typing lines you print from the student packet. The object of these lessons is to train you to type from a page without looking at your keyboard or monitor. Once you feel confident, there is a Learning Check you take on the website. You need to pass the Learning Checks with no errors to move on to the next lesson. Again, the object of this program is mastery, so you may find yourself doing these lessons repeatedly until you have the keys memorized with no errors.

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How We Used It:

The very first thing I did was have Katie take the Before and After Snapshot. This is a three minute assessment that gives you a starting reference so that you can see the progress you’ve made when you finish the course.

Next, I printed the Student packet, the Learning checks packet, and the Progress chart and put them all together in a binder. Katie then did the lesson on Having Good Posture. She did not have very good posture as she plopped herself in the chair the first time, so it was a good lesson for her. I made sure to remind her at the beginning of every lesson, and the instructor was good about reminding her to check her posture during lessons.

After the first lesson on Having Good Posture, Katie worked through this program independently. She did have some frustration in the beginning, because she worked on the lines from the Home Row lesson, and felt like she had them down. When I came in to give her the Learning Check, she didn’t do well at all. I think part of the problem was that she needed to get a feel for how the Learning Check worked. It counts every stroke, so if she hit the space bar too many times, etc. it would count that as an error. Once she got the hang of it she felt better. I was sure to explain to her that the program is teaching her to really know where each key is, and that wasn’t something she could rush through. Speed comes after knowing all of the keys, and these lessons really focus on that mastery.

I think this program would be a good fit for anyone who likes repetition and has a strong desire to learn how to type.

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The Typing Coach Online Typing Course {The Typing Coach Reviews}

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