What is the benefit of having a typing speed of 10, 25 and 40 wpm?

What is the benefit of having a typing speed of 10, 25, and 40wpm?

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For most people, learning to type is as much about developing a typing speed as it is about discovering what fingers to use on alphabet keys on the keyboard. After all, while typed copy allows for a more professional printed presentation of your work, what would be the point of typing if it did not also offer you a means of producing work quicker than it would take you to write it?

The great thing about typing is that not only can it help you speed up your work output, but it is also so much easier to do than writing. Whereas with writing you have to hold and control a pen in your hand while guiding the copy or paper you are working on with the other hand – typing requires nothing more than placing your fingers on a keyboard and pressing characters as you need them.

Typing also allows you to maximise the use of your hands, as with proper touch typing, you use all your fingers on both hands to type your words on a screen. Writing, by contrast, requires you to use your entire hand in just one movement at a time, so that for those who find writing difficult, it can be a struggle just to form the letters and words.

Trying to write properly also forces your attention onto the very act of writing, with the result that all you are thinking about is the very act of forming words. Typing instead frees you up from having to worry about shaping letters and moving your hand along a page, so that you can think creatively about the content of what you are writing about.

Typing has so many other advantages – it is convenient, it makes it easy to share documents, you can print up your work and it also looks so much better than written work.

TYPING SPEEDS

The real beauty of typing is the speed at which it can help you put words on paper. Typing is so much faster than writing, once you grasp the proper touch type skill, whereas writing, in fact, becomes more and more illegible the faster you attempt to write.

Therefore writing is limited in scope as a means of producing written work and it is no small wonder that typing is now regarded as a valuable skill children need and that since 2013 American children have been required to learn how to use a keyboard and printer.

In terms of typing speeds for children, at the national school level, a typing speed of 10wpm is generally regarded as sufficient in order for students to be able to present their work without errors.

As children grow older and move to higher grades, faster speeds are recommended in order to keep up with the pace and volume of their educational work.

Generally, a typing speed of around 20-25wpm is recommended after Junior Cert, rising to 30wpm and above at Leaving Cert level.

Students who do not learn proper touch typing and become self-taught two-finger typists will also find they fall behind as time goes on because these so-called Hunt and Peck typists are expected to achieve a maximum speed of just 30wpm under this method.

When you consider that a typing speed of 45wpm and higher is required as a basic skill in many jobs and that an average professional typist types at up to 80wpm, you can see just how useful proper touch typing proves in the real world.

Given that a speaking pace of between 150-160wpm is the rate at which a person can be comfortably heard and understood by an audience and that conversational English is spoken at around 110-150wpm, typing at 80wpm or more should enable you to catch every second word of what your teacher or lecturer says in school or college. Think how useful this would prove for your study notes!

The reality is that once your touch-type training really kicks in, the whole system clicks into place until, suddenly, you find yourself typing faster and faster, so fast you can hardly keep up!

Naturally, the more time you practice touch-typing, the quicker your typing speed becomes. Eventually, you will achieve a maximum typing speed to suit you and your work so that whenever you have to type anything, you will be able to do so at a high speed.

STUDIES ON TYPING SKILLS FOR CHILDREN

Some research carried out around typing skills for children reflects the fact that typing is hugely beneficial as an educational tool.

For example, in Australia, educational scholar Carol Christensen, who offered a group of 35 13-year olds touch-typing classes, 20 minutes a day over eight weeks – reported that the quality of writing and prose produced by the children rose significantly, as compared to other students who were not taught to touch-type.

Ms Christenden noted:

“By facilitating students’ ability to put letters and words on the page, they increased their ability to produce text that was creative and original, more technically accurate, more logically sequenced and better organised, and showed greater pragmatic awareness and sensitivity to audience.”

Another research project took place in Massachusetts, USA, where tutor Michael Russell divided a group of students between grades 4 and 8 and had them write essays on a keyboard and by hand.

He found that students that who had typed, produced longer essays, used slightly better English, and developed topics more comprehensively. The grade 8 students who typed fastest of all (around 32wpm) had the highest scores of all.

FAST TYPING FOR FAST LIVING

In a nutshell, typing is an ideal skill to have in modern society as we now live in a fast world where people want to act and think and produce work as fast as possible. Typing at speed makes this possible so that, once you learn to type as fast as you think, there will be no stopping you! So if you want to learn how to touch type why not book a free first session at one of our nationwide typing centres. To available of this offer is select the book free trial from our website https://searsol.com/find-centers/ 

Your child got a laptop exemption what should you do next?

 

So you have finally got approval for a laptop for your child from the Department of Education.

What should you do next to prepare your child in readiness for their new laptop arrival?

First off congrats on being pre-approved for the laptop, well done! So what should you do next to help your child before the arrival of their new laptop? Searsol recommends that your child start a touch typing course before your child starts using their new laptop. Why should we do this you may ask?

Well, the benefits of doing a touch typing course are as follows:

Your child doesn’t pick any bad habit formation using the keyboard themselves. If they already starting to type using a keyboard themselves, it takes around three times the amount of time to learn the correct technique. By doing a touch typing course you are giving your child a skill for life. They will learn the correct typing technique and become fast typers without having to look down at the keyboard!

 

We recommend learning how to touch type in a classroom environment. This is because your child is of similar age children and the learning process works extremely well.

Properly supervised by a trained tutor will ensure that your child learns how to touch type using the correct technique. By doing a touch typing course, your child is working away at their own pace and feels a sense of achievement doing such a course.

On our course we have three typing standards that your child can achieve:

  • Bronze – 15 words per minute
  • Silver – 25 words per minute
  • Gold – 4o words per minute

The Dept. of Education recommend that your child has a typing speed of 25 words per minute if they are going to use a laptop for typing out their exams.

Using a recommended typing course such as Searsol’s. You are ensuring that your child is learning in a positive learning environment and will be not be easily distracted.

 

In our course centres, Searsol uses keyboard covers to ensure that a child doesn’t look down at the keyboard.

 

Searsol touch typing courses ensure a high level of training so that your child learns in a positive environment. If you want to try our one of courses, you can contact Searsol on 01-6303384, or alternatively, you can book a free trial assessment by clicking on https://searsol.com/find-centers

 

How to speed up your typing skills?

So you want to improve your typing speed? How do you do this and what successful ways can you implement to improve your typing speed?

 

Searsol recommends that you do at least an hour of typing practice a week. We provide typing courses where students can learn how to type in a controlled environment where the skill of typing is encouraged. We also provide online courses for those students that access our course centres.

 

In order to improve your typing speed, you must go beyond the minimum recommendation of one hour per week. We suggest a triangulation approach to learning how to type. First we recommend that you do the one hour practice at our course centre or online. Then combine this with any typing that you need to do at home or at school. Please note that at all times your fingers need to be on the home keys. This will ensure correct finger position at all times. By doing this will improve your typing speed and reinforce the learning you already have.

 

If you are unable to make our typing centre, we recommend trying out online typing course  at www.typewiz.com