Typing for beginners.Would you like to save time and make almost any job on a computer more effective? Would you like to write on your résumé that you are a fast typist? Would you like to reduce your error percentage when you type? Well, then you have come to the right place.
Here: you can calculate your advantage in dollars of being able to type faster on your computer.
People who beginners at 10 finger typing are forced to choose between either looking for the keys on the keyboard or think creatively. So - if you furthermore would like to think creatively as you type, read on.
Typing speed test.As a beginner you might want to start off by testing your current typing speed.
You can easily monitor your progress at learning touch typing by testing yourself here regularly: speed typing test online
Bookmark: In order to better remember to do the lessons, you should put a bookmark on the bookmark bar as shown here:
How can I type faster? In your effort to learn to type faster, finger position is one of the most important basics. When you start on an lesson you must place your index fingers as shown at the image below.
This is the starting position, and the keys ASDF, for your left hand, and JKL;, for your right hand are called the 'home keys'.
With your index fingers you can feel a bump on the keys 'F' and 'J'. When you type you must get back to these two keys as soon as a key has been pressed on the keyboard so that you know all the time where you are on the keyboard. If you don't find the keys 'F' and 'J' again you will get lost and make a lot of mistakes. For the same reasons the first lessons are done without ever moving your fingers from these two keys.
What is touch typing?
Touch typing, or blind typing as some calls it, means that you type without looking at the keyboard. To learn to do that finger position is very important. When you type you must use specific fingers for the same keys all the time as illustrated at the image above. If you don't do that you will soon loose your orientation and make mistakes. When you have found the two home keys, 'F' and 'J', you should strive to type with out looking at the keyboard. Look instead at the two hands at the virtual keyboard on your screen. Don't get frustrated if you do mistakes in the beginning. Every one does. After exercising for some time you will know by heart where the keys are and your touch typing will go much more smooth.
Next key to be pressed:
You have two ways to determine what key to press next. First of all the next key to be pressed is highlighted by a yellow light around the key like this:
The next key is 'D'.
Secondly the next key to be types is indicated by an arrow on the line you are typing like this:
Touch typing without looking!When you are a beginner at touch typing you should try to type with all ten fingers and without looking at the keyboard. By doing this you will of course make mistakes to begin with, but with some training it will become natural for you. Instead look at the keyboard depicted on the screen below the text.
If you type the wrong letter it will be highlighted by changing the font color to red. The number of typing errors you make is indicated at the right side of the top of the screen. If you half way through an lesson press 'Repeat' the number of errors will be reset and you can start over.
How about dyslexics?A danish study has established that when kids learn how to type, their reading skills are improved. This is true even for dyslexic kids.
What if I don't do all the exercises?Well you will under all circumstances be faster just from doing some of the exercises, as you will be able to find the keys much faster. Thusly it is better to do some basic exercises than none at all.
Do I have to start with the first typing exercise?Not necessarily. When you hold the mouse over 'Choose lesson' you can see which keys the particular lesson is training. You can then start with the tutorial you think is the right for you. Be careful not to be optimistic about your current ability as it will lead to a too steep learning curve.
Warming up for the lessons.It is a good idea to warm up your fingers before a training session. You can warm up your fingers by doing some of an lesson without caring too much about the errors, and then press 'Repeat' to get started.
Do you have kids?Well, then you can reward your kid for every lesson the kid has done at en error percentage at one and perhaps an extra reward for a flawless exercise. Your kid's school work will most probably benefit from being an apt typist.
Improving the course?Do you have any suggestions as how to improve this course, or have you found errors in it, you are welcome to send me some feed-back
Result of course.A lot of people type with two fingers, and thus type around 10 - 15 words per minute. After completion of this course you should be able to type at least 45 words per minute, and even faster if you type often. If you at your job type nine hours a week you will be able to save the six out of these nine hours provided you triple your typing speed. That will be nearly 300 hours saved a year or seven weeks extra holy days a year. If you have 30 years left before you go on pension the course will save you about 230 weeks work. Are you self employed you will be able to stop working four years early. Or, if you could convert your increased typing speed into a pay raise, you could get four years extra payment before retirement. Learning how to touch type is probably one of the best educations you could invest in. And it won't cost you any money. You can here: calculate your own personal benefit from improving your typing speed. How ever it works out for you, you have probably never met a person who regretted spending some time improving his or her typing speed.
The only requirement for this course is that you regularly spend some time vigorously train on your computer. If you do just one or two tutorials weekly (who hasn't got time for that?), and do them as well as you can, you can see an end to the course. You can go to the TEST page weekly or biweekly to see your progress.
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