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Recently while helping my brother fill out some job applications it occurred to me that he should include his typing speed so I hit the web to find free typing speed tests. To see what my brother would be experiencing with the test I decided to take it myself. At that point I made a point to improve my score. About a week and a half later I had increased my typing speed by 30% and almost every day am still working on the increasing it even more. I have decided to perfect it for professional reasons and to complete a personal goal of mine. For anyone that has similar aspirations about their typing speed here are some key tips to help you along the process.
Before you approach increasing your speed you need to figure out where your current typing speed is at. To figure this out I would consider taking a typing test online a couple of times. This will insure that your fingers are warmed up and will be able to perform more efficiently. If reading is difficult for you and you find that you can type better typing original stuff then set a minute timer as you write and then count the correct words you typed in one minute. Make sure that you can constantly think of something otherwise this will penalize your speed. As long as you have a variety of words on your mind while doing this you will likely find a comparable speed, which is what happen to me. Once you have an idea of what your current typing speed is at you can work on improving it.
Next you will want to set a goal. What I had been doing is giving myself the goal of increasing my words per minute typing speed by five words every day or so. This is more difficult than it sound and the difficulty grows exponentially for obvious reasons. When your goal or goals are met and it is impractical to make the same goal again reduce it. Now I would just be happy to be able to type one or two words more in a minute. Your goal may be a percentage or to simply reach a specific number of words per minute that you can type, this is the goal that my brother decided on. He picked a number that he thought would look good on his resume and made his goal that. It might be good to start off with a smaller goal because it may take you some time if your goal is significantly faster than what you are use to. Typing and testing your typing speed over and over again is not the only thing you need to do to reach your goal.
Before you get too deep in the typing practice verify that you are using the correct finger to type in each letter. This will allow you to assess whether you need to break any bad typing habits and what you need to work on to be sure you can type to your fastest potential. To see which finger to use remember that Q, A, and Z are typed with your left pinky finger, W, S and X are typed with your left ring finger, E, D and C left middle finger, R, T, F, G, V and B are typed with your left index finger, Y, U, H, J, N and M are typed with the right index finger, I and K are typed with the right middle finger, O and L are typed with the right ring finger and P is typed with the right pinky finger. Watch yourself as you type to make sure the correct finger is lining up with correct key. Next comes the practicing.
Once you have verified your goal and that you are typing correctly it is time to practice. Consider typing as often as you can if you do not normally get a lot of practice in your general day. Set aside some time at least once a day to take a typing test a few times, to be sure your fingers are nice and warmed up for the exercise. Keep track of your progress and push yourself to get a slightly better speed than the day before prior to concluding your practice session. This way you can feel accomplished about taking the typing test and this will make improving your typing speed less stressful. One last thing to remember is to not overwork yourself, you will drive yourself crazy taking a typing test over and over again when your hands and fingers are positively exhausted. The degree of your goal will determine the length of time it will take. Do not become discouraged, keep practicing and good luck with your typing speed.
Do you want to type at the speed of thought? Do you think it is too daunting a task and it is left best only to the professionals? This is where you are wrong. Anyone can improve their typing speed on the keyboard. All it takes - just a few easy tips and the determination to pull them through. An improved typing speed not only saves you time but also increases your productivity manifold.
Listed below are few easy tips which you can follow:
Tip 1: The first and foremost is the posture while you are typing. Sit straight in a comfortable chair and don't slouch while typing. Type with the pads of your fingers. Also the height of the keyboard should be about waist high.
Tip 2: Don't fall to the temptation of pecking away at the keyboard with one hand or few fingers. Use both hands to type even though it may seem awkward at first. Eventually you will get the hang of using both hands to type.
Tip 3: Another useful tip is to try and memorize the various keys on the keyboard. This will help in increasing your speed of typing considerable.
Tip 4: Use every ounce of your will power not to peek at the keyboard. Keep your eyes glued with military precision to the screen or the source of your typing.
Tip 5: If at all down the line you find the prospect of typing from a text boring, you can type listening to someone speak or even a radio or television news broadcast. This will make the typing a little more novel and you will also end up familiarizing yourself with some new words.
Tip 6: Remember that you are now in practicing mode. Do not stop now and then to correct the typos. This will tend to break your speed and hamper smooth typing.
Tip 7: Along with practicing typing the alphabets you also have to remember the various symbols on the keyboard. A good way to practice symbols is typing emoticons. Emoticons use symbols to show various facial expressions. A fun way to practice symbols.
Tip 8: Another fun way to practice improving your typing speed on the keyboard is to play some online games which will increase your typing speed and also help you to relax a little.
Tip 9: There are many free typing tests available online to practice and improve your typing speed (for example, www.ratatype.com/typing-test). Check one which measures your typing and gives feedback.
Tip 10: Another fun way to practice typing is to write emails or online letters to family members or friends. You can not only constantly keep in touch with them but also earn brownie points and also improve your typing speed.
REMEMBER: Each person differs from another in their typing capacity and speed.
Don't fret if your friend or colleague types faster than you. It is only a matter of time when you too can improve your typing speed on the keyboard. Just practice, practice and then practice some more. Practice makes you perfect...