Planning the Training
Don't start without a good game plan. Have a clear idea of the direction you want to give to the training, and then adjust your plan over the year to suit your students' needs.
- Make Typing Pal a game! — Each practice session with Typing Pal is an opportunity for the students to improve in an atmosphere that is both fun and stimulating. When they set out to break their personal record and their fingers hit the keys at full speed without making any errors, it's certainly very exciting! If you can transmit this playful attitude to them, the students will persevere and succeed.
- Plan brief sessions or take breaks — Avoid imposing overly long practice sessions. The students will become tired and discouraged. Plan shorter sessions and allow for breaks. Extend the sessions gradually if you find the students are still engrossed and concentrated.
- Schedule frequent sessions — Students who practice frequently will progress faster. In addition to the sessions with you at school, they can also practice at home.
- Don't stop the training too soon — If the students have reached their targets, it's too soon to stop! The typing method needs time to become permanently ingrained. By stopping too early, bad habits may quickly return. Your students have finished? Increase their targets and push their limits.
- Underscore the advantages of efficient typing — Start a discussion with your students so they become aware of the importance of typing quickly without errors.
- Present the 7 keys to success — Show the video on the 7 keys to success or introduce the basic principles to be respected yourself.
- Determine the level of the students — Have your students complete the initial test. This test will give you an idea of the students' level and it can be used later to measure their progress.
- Do a few activities — Depending on how much time is left in the period, have the students do a few of the exercises found in the first step.
- Adjust the targets — Then take the time to analyze the results of your students to assess the level of your group. Adjust the targets accordingly. If the students are at different levels, you may want to raise the targets for the better students or reduce them for those having difficulties.
- We suggest that you plan about one hour of practice per week, divided into three or four sessions. For example, students can practice once in class and the other times at home or in the school library.
- You can monitor the students' progress to ensure that the group is advancing at the same pace by combining the following suggestions:
- When their daily or weekly targets have been met, students can play games, do improvement activities or type practice texts. Raise the targets to get the students to do even better.