Touch typing and keyboard skills
Time: 18:15 - 20:15
Location: Keeley Street
This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
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What is the course about?
On this course, you will learn how to touch-type in the most efficient and effective way. You will become familiar with the layout of the keyboard and learn to touch type accurately without using the sense of sight to find the keys. Instead you will come to know the location of keys through muscle memory. As a result, you will be able to achieve a much higher typing speed when creating documents or entering data. You will also learn the importance of correct posture, positioning of equipment and how to avoid Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) as well as protect your eyes. This course is essential for anyone wanting to work in administration or an office environment.
What will we cover?
• Use of the 'home keys' [asdf jkl;] (where you put your fingers to start typing).
• Step by step learning of all the alphabet keys.
• The importance of ergonomics - correct posture, positioning of equipment, avoidance of RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury).
• Health and safety at work in relation to computer use.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
I• recognise the layout of a Qwerty keyboard.
• identify the home keys and their significance.
• touch type using correct posture and positioning
• touch type using all ten fingers, looking at the screen not at the keyboard.
• attain a speed of 15-20 words per minute by the end of the course, though this speed will be much increased by regular practice between sessions
• identify key ways of avoiding injury while typing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge or experience is necessary. You may have learned your own way of typing. This course will show you that a more efficient and effective way is available. You should be able to follow spoken instructions, read written instructions and information, and discuss work with your tutor.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment with an emphasis on your discovering how to do and complete tasks and functions, with guidance from the tutor. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can achieve challenging aims in an enjoyable and productive way. You will have lots of opportunities to practise as well as understand what you are doing and why. Everyone will be encouraged to participate and interact in a way that is best for them, including working in pairs and groups, as well as on your own. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a pen, some lined A4 paper and a file to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts and a code for Google classroom so you can communicate with classmates and access materials, videos etc. online.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are many courses you can do before, at the same time or after this course, particularly to help you with office and administration work. These include:
• Business administration: how to be an administrator for beginners (with digital skills)
• Business Administration: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access (intermediate-level 2)
• Business administration: ICT skills for business (advanced)
• Business administration: how to organise with OneNote (intermediate)
• Business administration: how to organise and manage with OneNote, MS Outlook and OneDrive (intermediate)
• Essential digital skills for the workplace: Word, Excel and PowerPoint (foundation-level 1)
• Digital skills for the workplace: analysing, handling and presenting data with Excel (intermediate)
• Workplace skills: how to be organised, focused and efficient using MS Outlook and OneDrive (intermediate)
• Digital skills for the workplace: how to present, organise and communicate with Word (intermediate)
• Digital skills for the workplace: creating newsletters, reports and tables with Word (intermediate)
• Digital skills for the workplace: how to integrate Word, Excel and PowerPoint to organise, present and communicate data (advanced)
There also many maths, English, employability and communication skills courses you can do. Ask your tutor or contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7492 2511 for more detail. These include:
• Business Administration (with digital skills): English communication skills for administrators and office workers (level 1-2)
• Business Administration (with digital skills): English communication skills in a business environment (level 2)
• Professional communication skills: how to make your writing clear, concise and organised (level 2)
• Professional communication skills: effective written communication in the workplace (level 2)
• Business administration: maths for administrators (level 1-2).