How important are typing skills? In addition to the common argument that it is a time-saver, I have a different conclusion. It helps improve your thoughts-finger coordination that ultimately boosts your typing speed. When you can type along with scrambling thoughts on your mind, you become more accurate and efficient.
The more your fingers are engaged with the keyboard, the faster you become at typing. It is the voice extension. It helps you engage with your brainstorming ideas. Typing masters with good typing speed use this technique. It takes time, but believe me, this will help you a lot in the future.
The spectrum of typing skill level from good to bad
WPM test online will allow you to find out how many words per minute (WPM) you currently type. To give you an idea, the average computer typist types 36 WPM. The average touch typist (meaning someone who doesn’t look at the keyboard while they’re typing) types 58 WPM. This test will give you an idea of where you stand and might help you to clarify what your typing speed goals are.
I can still remember the first day of typing class in the sixth grade. After our teacher showed us where the letters a, s, d, and f were on the keyboard, she promptly walked around the room and taped a piece of paper to the top of each keyboard so that it was covering our hands. That method of teaching forced me to learn how to type without ever looking down at my hands. Nowadays I type at around 100 words per minute on a good day, and I find that being a fast typer helps me immensely in accomplishing my goals over the course of the day. Below you’ll find a collection of online resources to help you find out your current typing speed, learn how to type properly if you never learned, increase your speed if you’re already a proficient typer – and lastly I’ve included some online typing games that are just plain nerdy fun. Enjoy!
If you are a “hunter and pecker” (someone who types with two fingers, looking for each letter individually) or a slow typer who needs to look at the keyboard frequently, you might benefit from some basic typing lessons. There are numerous websites online that can teach you to type for free, but I found word per minute test to be a particularly good one. Check it out and if it doesn’t strike your fancy, a google search for “learn to type websites” will yield many more.
If you’re already a proficient typer and are looking to increase your typing speed, I recommend you check out Key BR. On this website you’ll be prompted to type a series of words, some of them actual English words and some of them nonsensical. I found this created a greater challenge and improved both my accuracy and speed over time.
Bored of all these typing tutors? There are many free games online that force you to use your typing skills. Below are a few that I found particularly fun (nerd alert!).
Type Racer – Type quotes from top-rated books as you race against real people located all over the globe.
Type a Balloon – Type the letters in each balloon before they float into the sky.
Type Attack – Type each word to shoot the invaders before they descend upon you.