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Touch Typing


I am involved in finding some research on touch typing. Can anyone give me any guidance or recommend any sites where i can find hard data and facts around the benefits of touch typing, and whether un-learning and re-learning touch typing is an effective method in the long run? I am looking for any case studies that have been carried out. Or if anyone has any information on touch typing, that would be greatly appreciated. At this moment I am not looking into any particular touch typing course only the facts around the benefits.
Charlotte Walton

2 Responses

  1. Touch typing
    I don’t know whether this is of any use, but I learnt to touch type (not brilliantly) 13 years ago. I still remember the statistics the typing tutor programme came up with.
    Before learning;
    Speed: 12 words per minute
    Accuracy: less than 80%

    Last figures recorded once learning started:
    Speed 27 words per minute
    Accuracy 94%

    I never kept the learning up but on a good day I get over 30 wpm (which is derisory by professional PA standards).

    One interesting thing I did discover; I read the words off the page and not the letters as one should. I re-discovered I was dyslexic and could actually type faster than I could read on occasions.

    Touch typing is a suggestion on our Time Management course, its suprising how many people have not thought of it given the amount of keyboarding we all do now.

    Hope this is of some use.


  2. Touch Typing Return On Investment
    Hi Peter,

    You might be interested to know that I have written a Return On Investment calculator for people looking at training their staff in typing skills.

    This is a free to use link on website. Please use it in your time management training if you need to prove to people the benefits of learning to type.

    One local company was amazed to find out by using this calculator, that by increasing their employees typing speed by just 1 (ONE) word per minute, they can save £71,000 on their wages bill, alternatively they can employ five extra staff at no cost to the company.

    This company then decided that an increase of one word per minute was such an easy target that keyboard training was now mandatory for all employees who use a computer.


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