Everyone who has access to computers, laptops should know how to Touch type because it will boost your productivity and confidence to the roof.
Learning typing is not a difficult task, you just need a keyboard and guidance to start practicing,
it will only take a few months of practice to get a good typing speed like 50 wpm.
Nowadays people learn typing with help of software and websites but there are people who like to learn typing using a typewriter (like me).
If you want to learn typing then you should be learning touch typing,
Touch typing is an art of typing where you don’t have to look at the keyboard while typing, we call it touch typing because you don’t see keyboard you just use your fingers muscle memory to type while looking at the screen.
Hunt and peck typing is a form of typing you already know where we use two fingers to type words looking at the keyboard, you need to avoid this.
If you want to know more about other typing techniques make a read on Wikipedia Typing
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How to Calculate Typing Speed in WPM?
In typing words per minute (wpm) is used to measure everyone’s typing speed,
So by using this measurement, we can compare the typing speed of two people typing in different languages.
In wpm (or WPM) 1 word denotes 5 characters or 5 keystrokes,
Example: speed = 1 word
WPM is not a good representation of typing speed as it does not take the accuracy in account, so you should calculate your accuracy too because for every wrong word typed add a 1 negative word in your speed.
Gross WPM = Words typed/Time taken(minutes)
Example: 400 words typed in 10 minutes
Gross WPM = 400/10
Gross Typing speed 40 WPM
Net WPM = (Gross WPM – Word Error)/Time taken (minutes)
Example: 400 words typed in 10 minutes with 25 word errors
Net WPM = (400-25)/10
Net Typing speed 37.5 WPM
Accuracy = (Net WPM/ Gross WPM)*100
Accuracy = (37.5/40)*100
Accuracy is 93.75 %
Note: While calculating keystrokes delete, space, shift are not counted as keystrokes.
We curated some best resources you can use to learn touch typing, these resources are divided in set of sections so you can pick as per your typing experience,
Like if you know nothing about typing then its good to start with software and online websites to know the techniques,
In case you already gone through basics of typing then you can jump on fun part of typing like practicing typing while playing typing games, where you have to type words shown on the screen to keep progressing to next level.
When you are confident enough you can compete in online typing competition to test your typing skill with your friends around the world.
Great Websites to Learn Typing
This website has some pretty straight forward typing tutorials with proper guidance so you always know which finger to use for which letter, Overall UI of the website makes it more pleasant experience to learn touch typing,
Full learning experience is divided in multiple sections like – Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, Practice, Stories, Problem Keys,
So you can pick section as per your current typing skill.
Just like typing.com but it has more tutorials for typing, It has some special classes where you can focus on your left or right hand at a time, you can even focus on any specific row,
At the time of writing it has some 684 lessons you can try, every lesson is free and you can start any lesson anytime,
After every lesson you get a proper overview of your performance like your accuracy and typing speed in wpm, also you can check how you performed in same lesson compared to last attempt of same lesson.
Some Lesson contains pretty informal video lessons to get going on your learning typing mission.
Software to Learn Typing
Play and Learn Typing
Compete in Typing
Innovative way to Learn Typing
If you are into programming or any other field and feel boring while typing random text,
you can test these few websites that give you a different taste of typing by typing programmes written in different languages,
keep in mind this won’t be easy to type as more people feel difficult to type symbols but you should give it a chance to test your typing skill.
5 Tips to Type Faster
- Don’t focus on speed, focus on accuracy,
- Learn the full keyboard keys,
- Don’t Mash the keyboard, try to type gently with light touch,
- Practice touch typing,
- Maintain the flow of typing,
- Always return to home row (ASDF – JKL;) after typing
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