To clear things up, the only way I know so far, as to get better at typing is to learn how to touch type. Touch typing is the manner in which you type without having to look at your keyboard, whilst also following the principle of having your 🙌 placed in the correct manner on the home row keys of your keyboard (where you can see those little bumps on the F and J keys) and to glide away without searching and pecking on your keyboard with just one or two fingers.
The reason why I’m writing this post is that I used to suck at touch typing, till 2012, as I generally didn’t have an interest till then, but writing code ended up being taxing when having to look simultaneously at your keyboard and mouse whilst you’re typing. Then I started to learn how to touch type but I was just doing about 10WPM, with a WHOLE lot of mistakes, but I’ve gotten a whole lot better ever since. Thus I want to share the same great resource I found to make me a better typer. I was able to hit about 50 WPM in about 3 months from as an absolute beginner.
As of right now most of what I type I don’t even have to look at the keyboard because it’s all been programmed in without the need to search and peck with my two index fingers.
I can tell you if you want to get better at touch typing it won’t happen over night, it will be hard at first as you’ll try to get back to your old habit of typing, but once you get the hang of this you’ll be on your way to looking more at what’s happening on screen rather than what’s happening on your keyboard.
This skill is very useful in any domain as most of us who have access to a computer have to interact with the use of a keyboard or mouse, especially programmers.
The website that helped me a lot through the process was Typing.com (and I’m not kidding about the name).
If anything here are the steps that got me from 0 to 60 in in 1 minute:
- Have an internet connection, and a physical keyboard.
Touch typing, regardless of the name, works out better on a physical keyboard as you can feel where all the keys are.
- Head to Typing.com
- Select Typing Lessons >>.
- Select SIGN UP FREE.
- Sign up.
- Once you’ve signed up, select BEGIN under Beginner
- From there you’re off to learning how to type faster.
Pro-tip: Start off not trying to make any mistakes, without looking at the keyboard, but if you do make a mistake(s), be sure to use the delete/backspace key (this will help you tons in not having to look down and click the button).
- Take the typing test after each lesson to see if you can type without looking at your keyboard.
- Continue the lessons till the end, if possible, allocate just one lesson per day at the same time in a common place of your choosing to create a habit of good typing.
One lesson would be one of those segments such as J, F, and Space in Beginner.
Pro-tip: If you haven’t be practising for a while still stick to one lesson per day to get back into the habit, so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
- Repeat Step 8 and 9 till you get to 10 Words Per Minute, and 20WPM, and 30WPM, and so on.
- Use your typing power in the work that you do, and not just the typing lesson 😉
Now with these 10 easy steps you will get to type in a more efficient manner, and I still can’t thank Typing.com (formally Typing) enough.
— Daliso Ngoma (@DJNgoma) March 13, 2013
So far I’m loving the fact that I don’t even have to tilt my head down every time I want to see what I’m typing as I’ve already got it at the back of my head. If there is anything you would like me to add, just be sure to drop a comment and I’ll trying to get back to you as soon as possible.