Why bother to learn to touch type?

Being able to touch type is a helpful life skill for anyone. For dyslexics and others that struggle with literacy there are even many, many advantages of touch typing.

  • Advantages of learning to touch type

  • Once students have learned to type they can complete work much quicker than writing by hand.
    As most exams are a test of speed as well as knowledge this is very important.

  • Typed work is legible so is easier to mark. No marks are lost because of difficulties deciphering handwriting.

  • Touch typing enables correct spellings to be copied without slowing down. This is particularly important, as most exams now deduct marks for incorrect spelling .

  • Corrections and reorganisation is much quicker and easier

  • When not working under exam conditions, typists are provided with many helpful features that improve the quality grades, these include:

    • Spell check

    • Grammar check

    • Synonyms and Thesaurus

    • Having work read aloud (enabling proofreading)

    • Colour backgrounds to aid visual stress

    • Immersion reading

    • dyslexia friendly fonts

    • picture dictionary

The advantage of learning to touch type in primary school is huge because beginning secondary school with typing as ones ‘normal way of working’ should reduce the amount of evidence required to justify being a laptop in secondary school.

Proof reading own work - Text to Speech

The ability to proof read what you have written enables the writier to be able to hear mistakes and make the necessary corrections. This functionality is called text to speech or TTS.

Text to speech is availabe free of charge but how you enable it differs dependent on the device you are typing on.

Here are different ways of utilising text to speech functionality.