Free writing exercises

Learn about free writing sessions in TTRS

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Written by Harry Alexandre
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Free writing sessions are an opportunity to apply typing skills and compose an original text inside the program.

  • Users can choose from short (5 min), medium (10 min), long (15 min) sessions or untimed

  • Topic suggestions are available, or learners can generate an image to describe

  • At the end of the session, feedback is given on the number of words typed, the average length of these words, the average typing speed, and the number of words from the TTRS course that were correctly spelled

  • Free writing pieces can be saved, edited, printed and/or shared 

  • Administrators can review student writing and leave comments

Why use free writing over a word processor?

Free writing sessions are a first step for emerging touch-typists. Writing inside the TTRS program bridges the gap between learning to type using structured exercises and applying touch-typing skills to express original ideas. 

They are also a great way to put spelling skills to the test. Measure success with reporting features that show the number of words from the TTRS course that were used and spelled correctly in any given free writing session. 

Admin feedback and editing functions encourage a draft-based approach to composition.

Lastly, typing in a familiar interface may be more comfortable for users with learning difficulties who require specific display and font settings to make their written work more readable.

How to start a free writing session from a student account

Inside a student account, select Start free writing session.

How to start a free writing session from an Admin/Teacher account

From an admin account, select Free writing in the button above the Main Course levels screen.

Select a session length and then select Start.

An empty screen will appear and the timer will start.

For ideas on what to write about, select the ? symbol on the top right to bring up a help box which includes the option to view an image.

You can view an image using the View image button under hints. Get a better look with the magnifying glass tool. You might choose to describe the image in your writing or to create a storyline that goes with it. Select Show another image to view something different.

At the end of the free writing session, a report will appear with the total number of words typed, the average characters per word, the number of TTRS words used and spelled correctly, and the average typing speed.

Please note you need to wait for the timer to completely finish, before you receive the below screen.

The user can give the work a title, share, print or download the work, and save and quit.

How to access free writing reports from a student account

Select My stats at the top menu and then select Free writing.

How to access free writing reports from an Administrator account

Select a student profile and then select Free writing to view overall statistics from a student's total free writing sessions.

To view reports for individual writing sessions, use the dropdown menu and select target dates.

Select a session to view stats. From here you can also view the piece, print, download and/or send it by email.

Add feedback to student writing sessions

Leave a comment on the right-hand side of a student's work and they will be notified and prompted to view feedback when they next log in.

To leave a comment, select All sessions on the dropdown menu.

Then click Give feedback under the free writing name.

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