Have you ever wanted to let go of that annoying habit when you type of pecking at the keyboard, always having your eyes glued to your fingers? Here are a few tips to get yourself a bit more speedy at typing without relying on your sight.
Positions: Make sure that you are in a decent position to type. Keep the keyboard not too far and not too close to your body, keep your wrists straight and not bent, and sit up straight. Not only are these good positions to type with, but if you do this in the correct position, you can prevent carpal tunnel, which is great if you find you have to be on the computer all day long.
Position Your Fingers: Start with your fingers on the “Home Row.” The Home Row would consist of letters A through F for your left hand, and J over to the semicolon for your right hand. Place your thumbs on your space key, and use either both thumbs or you dominant hand’s thumb to space. Start by typing the keys from the Home Row with your left hand, then the keys on the Home Row with your right hand, moving from the left to the right, then the right the left.
To type certain letters out of Home Row, you’ll have to reach them with certain fingers while trying to keep your hands mainly on Home Row. Letters to reach with your left fingers: T and R will be with your index finger; E will be with your middle finger; W with your ring finger; Q with your pinky. The same rule will apply with your left fingers on the keys right below Home Row. Reach G with your left index finger, and H with your right index finger. All the keys on the right end of Home Row also belong to your right hand in the same fashion of those on your left: Y and U with your right index finger, I with your right middle finger, and so on and so forth. Using the shift key is easiest by using your dominant hand’s finger that you feel most comfortable with.
Just Type: This is the most effective method: type. Whatever you do, just type. It’s easy, simple, and free unlike some classes that you have to pay for. What do you like to write? Poetry? Stories? Journal entries? Write whatever it is you like to do. I personally enjoy writing novels (and articles now that I’ve joined AC). As a kid I couldn’t type much faster than the average second-grader in my class, but I knew I loved to write, and that’s just what I did. Today I’ve written several novels all throughout my youth, and now I’m twenty, and can type blinded folded or looking over my shoulder without a problem, typing at speeds of an average of 90 WPM (words per minute) with an average accuracy of 99%; I have yet to beat my record of 116 WPM.
If you have nothing in mind to write, then type random words. One of the most entertaining ways to increase your typing speed is to record conversations with your fingers. When people are around you, start typing out their conversation and see if you can keep up. I’ve done it several times, and usually I’ll wait for the people to stop talking, then read their conversation I just wrote out loud to them, which normally ends with a rather amusing laughing fit (read it out loud to people you know, not random people you find in Starbucks or something, that might creep people out …).
Typing Tests: There are some cool typing tests online, just do some research to find them. It’s a pretty easy way not only to practice, but to keep track of how fast you type and your progress as you get better and better. Tests will grade you on your WPM and your accuracy.
Typing Tutors: If you really need to get good and fast at typing, they actually have typing tutors you can higher. Do some research and look around. I only recommend this if you have the money to do so and if you are in “dire” need of having to pump up your typing skills as quickly as possible.
Remember, typing isn’t hard at all. It’s just about remembering where the keys are. Anyone with fingers can do it, and eventually, if you type enough, you’ll end up writing faster than you ever thought possible.