Typing is definitely a huge part of life, especially a student’s life! They have to type papers for school, book reports, and sometimes homework has to be typed as well. In future jobs, they could possibly find themselves typing, too. I remember using a little game when I was younger to learn how to type correctly, but of course, I don’t have that game anymore.
This includes proper posture, correct hand placement, and of course where all the keys are located on a keyboard and how to find them without looking at the keyboard!
This is an online course, with a one-year subscription. However, it is designed to be completed within 10 weeks, when you complete one lesson per week.
You do go through the course at your own pace. That being said, The Typing Coach stresses multiple times not to move on to a new lesson until you have mastered the current lesson.
For example, the first lesson is teaching the student proper posture. This includes where you should place your feet, where are your hands and wrists, your back and even where you will be looking during your lesson. Until you are comfortable with what is taught in the posture lesson, you should not move on to the next lesson.
My 13-year-old son is the student in our house that used this program. He didn’t take long on the posture lesson because I’m always harping on good posture while at the computer, playing video games, eating, etc. (It’s the chiropractor in me… I can’t help it.)
The main thing he struggled with is keeping his palms off the table/bottom of the laptop below the keyboard. Your palms should hover. I totally understood his challenge with that, because I too struggle with that. And, frankly, my wrists hurt a lot after I type for long periods, and I know it’s due to not keeping my palms up. The Typing Coach has made me more aware of that and I have been doing better!
The student is encouraged to practice every day for at least twenty minutes so that progress is not lost.
And, hopefully, it goes without saying, but if you are not supposed to move on to the next lesson until you have mastered the previous lesson, then you definitely shouldn’t skip a lesson either. Do all the lessons in order!
Learn to type
Like I said, you begin with the proper posture lesson.
However, before that, you are encouraged to use their testing center online to get a “snapshot” of your typing skills before you begin the lessons.
My son started to do this, but we both quickly realized it was a waste of time because he literally had no idea where ANY of the keys were without looking. He’s a hunter and pecker when it comes to typing, so he has never tried to type without looking and he definitely didn’t know where his fingers should be. So, when his fingers were in the proper place, he didn’t know what letters were under them!
Okay. So, no big deal. We just knew he was starting at zero.
The first lesson after Posture is Home Row. I was quite impressed at how quickly he was able to type the letters on the home row without looking (seriously in the first few minutes!).
The next lessons go as follows:
- Top Row
- Bottom Row
- Shift Keys
- Then there are a few practice lessons
- Number Row
- Then typing tests
After the Home Row, Top Row, and Bottom Row lessons, you will do a Learning Check to make sure you have mastery at that level before you move on to the next lesson.
The Lesson Format
The lessons are great for auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners! You listen to an audio while you type. You also look at a paper and type what is on the paper. And, of course, the kinesthetic portion is the actual typing.
I think this is a great approach!
Next up to complete this program is my 8-year-old. Due to the amount of typing done “nowadays” (how old am I to use that phrase??!!), I really don’t think you can be too young to learn how to type!
Do we like it?
Yes! I love the way the lessons are organized. You do have to print a minimal amount of pages in order to complete the program, but it is only about 25 pages or so.
It will make future school papers much easier and faster to write if my kids can all type properly.
And, as a bonus, I think it’s a great price, too. It is only $17 for a one-year subscription.
And, they offer a free trial, so it can’t hurt to check it out.
If you have any questions for me, feel free to leave a comment and ask away! Or you can click the banner below and read reviews from other TOS Crew members whom also reviewed this program.
And, for some great information from the company, this page breaks it down pretty well to include reasons behind the program, pricing, a breakdown of the lessons, and more!