you don’t have much homework tonight? Assignments and study notes up to
date? Have you ever thought about spending a bit of time each night
Typing is when you can type without looking at the keys while you type.
This means you can type much faster than if you had to look and see
each key is, and it means you can keep looking at whatever it is you are
typing instead of the keys. This is an incredibly useful skill to
develop – it will help you at school and later in life as well,
improving your efficiency and speeding up work on assignments
and essays. Once you learn touch typing, you will know where the keys
are located on the keyboard through your sense of touch and you will be
able to look at the screen or whatever you are typing rather than the
there is a section to get you started on your journey of learning touch
typing. Click on unit Technology Tools and on the Learning Touch Typing
page you will find links to lots of free software to help you develop
your touch typing skills as well as some great
tips to get you started. There is also a discount voucher to the
professional TypeQuick course. Being able to touch type will definitely
make life easier for the students in the senior years and beyond. 10
minutes practice a day could end up making a big difference.
don’t neglect your handwriting skills either. As long as you have to
submit handwritten work or handwrite for tests and exams it is also
to improve the legibility and speed of your handwriting. Visit the Writing Skills unit and click on the Improving Handwriting
section. You’ll find some excellent strategies for improving your
handwriting as well as some special pens that can assist you with this
such as the RingPen shown below.
Should students type or handwrite their study notes?
answer, they are better off doing whatever the exam or test will be. So
if the exam is handwritten, it is better to handwrite notes. This
muscle memory, it sets up a pattern in the brain of what they will be
doing in the exam. If they do not have exams, then it does not really
matter, they can choose to either type or handwrite their notes.
students who do have written exams, they are better off getting used to
writing as much as possible, especially as students do less and less
paper and more and more on the keyboard. It is also argued that by
writing the information, you set up pathways of familiarity and
recognition in your brain that will kick in when you are in an
the other hand, some subjects have so much content that to try and wade
through it with handwritten study notes would take forever. A good
for students who would prefer to type is to start making initial notes
on the computer as this allows you to cut and paste, group information
and rearrange it with ease. Once you have a core set of notes completed,
you may like to further summarise some sections
on paper using a more graphical or visual form of note-taking such as
mind-mapping. And when you are learning the notes, read a section, then
see what you can write without looking, this way you will be testing if
the information is in long-term memory and
practicing your handwriting at the same time!
that students now have to be masters of both the pen and the keyboard
it is important to develop both legible handwriting and touch typing
When exams all go to typing at some stage, which they will inevitably
do, everything will change.
Students can access the Study Skills online via QACI Virtual Library on Blackboard.