Intensive Holiday courses during the Covid19 pandemic
It takes between 20-25 hours to learn to touch type effectively i.e. to around 30 words per minute with at least 90% accuracy. BC i.e. Before Covid, all Titans courses totalled 15 hours and the expectation was that each child would do home practice (with tutor guidance) either between lessons, on the weekly term time courses, or after the course, on the intensive courses, to make up the necessary further hours.
The daily 3 hour lessons on the intensive holiday courses were made less intense and therefore comfortable for each child with breaks away from the computer: one for a keyboard related game; and another for socialising and snacking. Since the socialising and snacking break is not easily possible for children whilst maintaining social distancing rules, holiday lessons during this Covid period will be shorter i.e. 1.5 per day instead of 3 hours per day.
The majority of children on previous intensive holiday courses have achieved the ability to touch type A to Z, with all their fingers and without the need to look, in 5 lessons of 3 hours i.e. 15 hours of tuition.
In order to attain this same level on these new, adapted courses, it is recommended that you EITHER book two weeks of 1.5 hours lessons (weeks do not need to be consecutive) OR book 2 x 1.5 hours of lessons in one week (please note: lessons do not need to be consecutive times and you will need to supervise your child between each of the lessons on the same day if you choose this option). Both options will achieve 10 lessons of 1.5 hours i.e. 15 hours. However, it is of course possible to book just 5 lessons of 1.5 hours in one week and perhaps return at another time to develop further.
IMPORTANT: All children go at their own pace so those in their second week of learning or second lesson of the day will work alongside, but at a different level to, other children in their first week/only lesson. All Titans courses have always been made up of a mix of complete beginners and students returning to develop, which works extremely well in motivating everyone (returners set a fabulous, motivating example for beginners and are also very keen to work hard to maintain their lead!).
At the moment, the teaching space available and social distancing rules mean that there are places for just 4 students (as opposed to the usual 10) on each course. Costs are therefore based on Titan’s private tuition cost schedule rather than the standard course costs published elsewhere on this website.
Costs and 20% discount
You will receive over 20% discount when you book 10 hours of tuition – that’s a saving of £54 per child.
5 x 1.5 hours of tuition (1 lesson/day in 1 week) = £132
10 x 1.5 hours of tuition (1 lesson/day in 2 weeks OR 2 lessons/day in 1 week) = £210 (saving £54)
Dates, times and venue
All lessons will take place in a teaching studio at the bottom of the tutor’s garden in Amersham. Access to a lavatory in the house will be permitted.
Courses will run in the following weeks (2 week bookings do not need to be in consecutive weeks):
Week 1 - 20-24 July
Week 2 - 27-31 July
Week 3 - 24-28 August
Courses in each of these weeks will provisionally run at the following times (2 lessons/day do not need to follow each other):
9.30-11am (Week 1 ONLY still available at this time)
11.30am-1pm (ALL weeks now full at this time)
2-3.30pm (week 2 ONLY still available at this time)
4-5.30pm (week 2 ONLY still available at this time)
Lessons have been timed with at least a half hour gap between in order to:
- accept and release children one by one at a safe social distance
- clean all equipment with disinfectant between lessons
- allow students to have a parent-supervised break between 2 lessons on the same day
Please note that whilst there will be courses in all three of the weeks listed, not ALL lesson times are guaranteed. Titans will take bookings, form groups of 4 children and, as each time is filled, confirm this course. If you are able to be flexible about the time of day your child attends tuition, you are more likely to secure a place in your preferred week(s).
Covid-19 safety measures
In line with government guidance to reduce the risk of infection, your Titans tutor will:
ensure a safe social distance is maintained between students during tuition.
ensure all students hand-sanitize at the beginning and end of each lesson.
ensure the teaching studio is well-ventilated at all times
wear a mask and gloves (as it will not always be possible to maintain a 2m distance from a child requiring help).
disinfect all equipment between lessons.
issue guidance on the system for dropping off and collecting your child safely, prior to the beginning of tuition.
Click the Book Now button to be directed to a short booking form which will ask you for your available AND preferred weeks/times. Upon receipt of this, Titans will:
request a £50 non-refundable (except in the case of Titan’s cancelling the course due to a change in Covid restrictions) deposit.
reserve places on possible/preferred courses in the order in which confirming deposits are received
once 4 students have paid a deposit, EITHER confirm your place on the course of your preferred time/week OR allow you to accept/decline (and remain on your ‘preferred’ course list) a course you have listed as possible but not preferred.
Titans will endeavour to meet everyone’s preferences but please be aware that this may not always be possible. To help with the process, please think really carefully about your child’s full availability before completing the booking form. Your help and understanding at this complex, ever changing time is very much appreciated.