Learning how to type was one of the skills your parents probably thought was really important for you when you were in middle school because computers were the next big thing. Many of us can type fairly quickly because our phones have keyboards but it doesn’t quite translate to typing fast on a computer.
I assumed I knew how to type because I use keyboards every day on my phone. Afterward, I took the test that scored how fast I typed.
Twenty-one words per minute. That’s less than half the average adult typing speed of 41 words per minute. Typing with my other eight fingers was harder than I thought it would be. Autocorrect has spoiled me, usually, I don’t have to type the word 100% correct because the computer predicts or corrects my words halfway through.
I was cranking out a scorching one word every three seconds on average. No wonder it took so long for me to type up my research papers in college.
I needed to improve the basics of how I typed. I just punched keys with my fingers like a child using an iPad instead of touch typing without looking at the keys.
Touch typing teaches each finger is responsible for its own area of the keyboard. After consistent practice, the location of the keys should be second nature so seeing the keys is no longer required for faster typing.
Some Tips to Type Faster
- your wrists can rest on the table in front of the keyboard but never shift your weight to your wrists.
- Curve your fingers and rest them on the keys ASDF and JKL;, your index fingers are going to be on the letters F & J this row is called the home row because you always start and finish there.
- Certain keys are to be pressed by certain fingers
– The shift key is always pressed by the opposite pinky finger to the one that’s hitting the key.
- use one thumb (whichever one is easier to use) for the space bar.
- Scan a word or two in advance
Using these techniques paired with the games on Sense.Lang.org I improved my words per minute to 30 with only 1 hour of practice.
Is typing important to you? If so how fast can you type? Leave a comment below.