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TypingClub FAQ

What should I do during class while students are practicing?
Circulate around the room and watch students' fingers as they type. Ensure that they are using the right fingers and correct any bad habits. Even if students look like they are practicing diligently, you still need to circulate. There will ALWAYS be students who try to cheat the system by using the wrong fingers. 

Check in on students at specific set points during the lesson set, rather than waiting until students say they are ready for the test. Instruct students not to continue past a check-in lesson until you have watched them type that lesson. This way you can pinpoint problems and help students correct them early. An unofficial check-in should be simple and low-pressure. Simply stand behind a student and watch their fingers as they type. Make sure they use the correct fingers and that their speed and accuracy are above 25 WPM and 85% (grades 4/5) or 30 WPM and 90% (grades 6-8).

Once students have completed the entire set of lessons, you should then administer the typing test (see more information below).


What if a student continually uses the wrong fingers?
Restart the student's progress from the beginning (or the appropriate lesson).
  • In the Class, click the tab with the name of the lesson series (i.e., (2) Top Row [SMOL 4-5]).
  • Find the student's name
  • If you are erasing the student's progress for all lessons in the series, click Clear History on the far right side.
  • If you are erasing progress for only certain lessons:
    • Click the Student's name.
    • Click the Manage Progress tab.
    • Click the checkboxes next to the lessons you wish to reset. (NB: To select a group of lessons, you can click the checkbox that is immediately under the lesson group name (i.e., f, j, d, & k).

What if students finish the set of lessons?
Students may be promoted to the next class once they:
  • Earn 5 stars on all lessons in the set
  • Pass the Typing Test for that set
To promote a student to the next class, unsubscribe them from the old class (with the old lesson set), then add them to the new class (with the new lesson set).


How do I test a student?
First, add the student to the test:
  • In the Test, click the Students tab.
  • Click the blue +Lookup and Add Existing Students button.
  • Type part of the student's name to locate their account and click the blue Search button.
  • Click the blue +Subscribe button next to the student's name.
Now, ask the student to click on the test from their TypingClub home page:
  • Hold a folder or notebook over the student's hands so they cannot look at the keys while they type.
  • Bend down so that you can watch the student's fingers and verify that they are using the correct fingers on all keys.
  • The test will last for one minute. At the end of the test, you can calculate the student's grade using the TypingClub Test Grade Calculator spreadsheet.

How do I remove a student from a class?
  • In the Class, click the Student Enrollment tab. 
  • Click the checkbox next to the name of the student you wish to unsubscribe. 
  • Click the blue Unsubscribe button that appears above the list of student names.

How do I add a student to a class or test?
  • In the Class, click the Student Enrollment tab. 
  • Click the blue Add Existing Students button. 
  • Type part of the student's name to locate their account and click the blue Search button.
  • Click the blue +Subscribe button next to the student's name.

How should I calculate a student grade for typing?
Student typing grades should be added into the writing grade.
  • Typing Tests: The tests should count as a test grade. You can calculate the percentage using the TypingClub Test Grade Calculator.
    • I allowed for Extra Credit for speed and accuracy. Students can only earn EC if they score at or above 25 points in BOTH categories
    • For example, a student who earns 25/25 points in speed and 28/25 points in accuracy would get a total of 53 points. 
    • However, a student who earns 10/25 points in speed and 28/25 points in accuracy would only get 35 points, not 38.
  • Effort: You can choose number of attempts and/or time spent practicing, as well as behavior in class. 
    • [NB: This data is available for all students. Click the student's name, and in the Overview tab, click Print Friendly Report (Daily Activity Report). This will give you a record of the practice time, average WPM and accuracy, and number of attempts. Be aware that the slower a student types, the fewer number of attempts they will have in an equal amount of time.]