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De-mystifying touch typing


In a world where technology evolves at a rapid pace, some may question the relevance of touch typing, expressing concerns about age, the education system, and the rise of AI and voice recognition. Read on to debunk these myths and explore why touch typing remains a timeless and invaluable skill for professionals of all ages….


“…but I’m too old to learn now”

Absolutely not! The new UK retirement age for anyone born after 1970 has just been announced as 71. So, unless you are already 70 and not planning to use a computer in retirement, then you will still reap the benefits of learning to touch type.

It’s true, old habits are harder to break but with willingness and a time investment, you can build the muscle memory needed to touch type. The structured in-person 14-hour Professional course, led by a touch typing expert, guides you through from start to finish, ironing out mistakes quickly and teaching tips and tricks to learn faster.


Slow down before you speed up; initially your typing speed will decrease as you learn the correct finger placement for each key. The typeify Professional course is structured to introduce two keys at a time to avoid overloading you with too much new information at once. Accuracy is more important than speed when you’re learning to touch type. Once you’ve mastered the letters and punctuation in the first few modules, the course moves onto common letter patterns and then industry-specific vocabulary and phrases.


“Surely kids learn to touch type at school these days …..”

No, they don’t! Bizarrely (in my opinion), touch typing is not on the UK national curriculum! It is on the curriculum in many other countries. I expect the UK education system will, at some point soon, realise this knowledge gap. Learning to touch type at school will become even more important as more examination boards, such as AQAPearson Edexcel and OCR have recently published information about their plans to introduce digital exam options for GCSEs and A-Levels within the next 1-6 years.


“Do we need to touch type with AI?”

In the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI), touch typing is more relevant than ever. AI may automate certain tasks, but human input remains essential. Touch typing empowers professionals to interact with technology seamlessly, inputting data swiftly and accurately. It's about augmenting our capabilities in collaboration with AI, ensuring that human-computer interaction is efficient and effective.


“Do we need to touch type with voice recognition advancements?”

Voice recognition has undoubtedly advanced, offering convenient ways to interact with devices. However, it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. Touch typing provides a silent, non-disruptive alternative, allowing professionals to work efficiently in shared spaces without relying on voice commands. Additionally, certain tasks may be better suited for typing, such as drafting emails or compiling reports, making touch typing a versatile and essential skill.


Conclusion:

In the face of these common concerns, touch typing emerges as a versatile and timeless skill that transcends age, complements educational foundations, collaborates with AI, and offers a valuable alternative to voice recognition. It's not about resisting technological advancements but about equipping ourselves with the right skills to navigate and thrive in the evolving landscape. So, regardless of your age or the advancements in technology, the benefits of touch typing remain relevant in the modern professional realm.

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