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Gain 20 minutes a day and cut errors by touch typing

A modern approach to maintaining creativity and accuracy

Once a skill unique to the secretarial profession but now, given how much time an office based employee spends at their computer, touch typing is valuable for all of us in our search to be more efficient at work.

Although typing only makes up a quarter of 3.9 hours the average office worker spends on the computer (IJmker, 2008), substantial gains in efficiency can be made by improving typing skills. Compare it with learning to swim under the supervision of an experienced swimming instructor. After a number of weeks, an increased speed can be realised using the same effort. The same can be said of learning to touch type, the effects of which on your ability type are: fewer typing errors and a higher typing speed. With touch typing the number of total incorrect keystrokes is reduced by 5%, with errors coming down from 7.5% to 2.5%. The biggest gain in efficiency comes with increased typing speed which goes up by an average of 55 keystrokes a minute. The efficiency gain for learning to touch type is 20 minutes a day per person.

Ticken learning method

Ticken is an online course to train office based workers how to touch type. To guarantee progress with the training, the employee can follow the typing lessons anywhere and at anytime: at work, during breaks or on a home computer. In addition, various stopping points are incorporated into the training involving typing tests that provide objective feedback to the employee regarding their progress.

The first three lesson of Ticken are available to view free of charge.

Some effort is required to realise this gain in time. However, staff can learn touch typing in half the time required for traditional typing training using the Typereflex® method. Using the Typereflex® method, participants practice typing meaningful words sooner than in traditional typing training where first letters and syllables are learnt fully. The Typereflex® method utilises the fact that human brains do not perceive individual letters, but meaningful words. The following sentence illustrates this clearly:

“Acocrding to Eglsinh raereschers it dosen’t matetr in what odrer the ltetres are in a wrod. The olny improtnat tinhg is taht the frsit and the lsat lteetrs are in the rgiht pcale.”

Since perception and action are linked in the human brain, learning touch typing progresses more quickly if staff practice with meaningful words as soon as possible. An important advantage of using this method is that practicing with meaningful words motivates the employee, as progress is more obvious.

Good for wellbeing and ergonomics

From a wellbeing perspective touch typists are generally better off than their colleagues yet to learn the skill. A touch typist spends more time looking at the screen rather then the keyboard, improving their posture and reducing workstation discomfort. Touch typing is a reflex action so it less fatiguing mentally than thinking about words letter by letter all day long. Lower levels of fatigue further improves overall efficiency.



Touch-typing wearing blindfold

December 2013


Further information

Once upon a time typists were taught to type. It was a specialist skill. Now, we are all expected to have typing skills - yet few get any training.

This means that individuals waste many potentially productive hours typing slowly and badly. Possibly the most effective measure an organisaiton can take to boost productivity is to teach everyone to touch-type.

This guest article sets out some of the facts and theory, and outlines an effective method to learn touch typing.

For more information regarding Ticken click here





















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