Typing Drill Books

I have heard that Typing Drill Books were used before, in fact, are still available but why no one is using it?


The drawbacks of typing drill books are obvious like they don’t implement the best practices of recent research. They don’t use the strengths of the computer to engage and motivate students with colorful graphics, gamification, sound and music, or personalized feedback. Also, they are completely manual, with no automated testing or grading, no monitoring of real-time progress, no capacity for statistical reporting.

Best Regards,
Lyka Remeticado
Community Associate at Typesy

Hello, @rhiannecrawfard!

It’s true that drill books are still very much available. The fact that not many people use them is indicative of the progression of technology for reinforcing this type of learning. It’s not that drill books don’t work, it’s that we’ve up come up with better ways to teach.

Student engagement is key in motivating focus and persistence. Typing practice does not need to be a mundane task! Utilizing typing games to keep students engaged allows students to track their progress, happily focus on areas of weakness, and practice their hand-eye coordination, a skill much needed in touch typing. This type of targeted feedback was never available through a drill book.


All typing programs are likely to focus on the key element of learning: practice, practice, practice!

It’s not that drill books do not allow for this, but moreso that there are so many more options for learning these days. Mundane drill books have been usurped by fun, engaging typing games.

If you think working from these drill books is your best way of learning, please don’t hesitate to do so! Everyone learns differently, and with the amount of options available for typing programs, everyone should be able to find something that works for them.

Alex (The Reimagined Classroom Teacher)