This will be my last review for the TOS Crew. Life has just become too busy for me to stay on top of these reviews. This review is for The Typing Coach. We received access to The Typing Coach OnlineTyping Course. I figured this would help my daughter increase her speed on the computer, as well as help her type with less errors. She has a site of her own where she posts interviews of SG artists and I figured this course would be a benefit to her.
This is a one year subscription course. The cost is only $17 per person for a year. Multiple students can use the course, so it is perfect for the homeschool family who has more than one student in the age range to learn typing. The course is designed to run approx. 10 weeks, with one lesson a week. Obviously, you can adapt this to fit your schedule, and your child's learning experience. They give you the ability to go over a lesson again, as many times as needed if necessary.
The course is a combined approach of audio, video and written instructions. Your child will be using all three modes to learn. The course will teach you/your child to type without constantly looking at the screen or written page, and then looking at the keyboard. You will learn to sit properly and how to position your fingers over the keyboard, just like in the typing class I took in school years ago. They say by the end of the course, you should be typing ten words per minute, and that if you continue working on it, your speed will increase. Throughout the course there are timed and proficiency tests, that will show you your/your child's improvement. It is suggested that students 12 years and up should be able to work through the course on their own with little assistance.
I also like that they include a slower paced learning lessons for younger children. This allows them to learn at an easier pace, and enjoy the learning experience. So whatever age your new typists is, they can learn through using The Typing Coach.
The lesson plan is:
There is a printable PDF section, where you can print off the worksheets needed for the course. They also have progress charts, learning check sheets and rewards that can be printed off. There are extra videos included to enhance learning.
I actually started the course to see how it worked. I listened to the introduction and began the first typing lesson on the Home Row. It definitely brought back memories of typing class. You learn the proper way to sit, and of course where your fingers should be placed on the home row of keys. I even practiced hitting the right keys without looking, and realized I may need to take the course myself.
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