Typing is a skill that increases our writing efficiency especially when we are using computers. Some of us learned typing in school. But most of us are hunt-and-peck typists. This means that we just basically hunt for the letters on the keyboard and then we press on the keys using 1-3 fingers per hand in order for us to do the task. Hunt and peck typists also cannot type without looking at the keyboard.
It’s much easier to learn typing when you haven’t learned to type at all. Being a hunt-and-peck typist or developing any other bad typing habits entails the need to unlearn them. The latter example is hard to overcome but it can be achieved.
Get a mentor. For starters, it’s a good idea for you to hire a typing tutor or a mentor. He or she will then make a program for you that makes you learn step by step. It makes you hone your basic skills before it makes you proceed to harder levels.
Choose a typing software that’s right for you. When doing so, make sure to assess your skill level. Choosing the right difficulty setting makes you start where you need.
Practice. Whether or not you have a mentor, practicing the correct way of typing makes perfect sense. You don’t need to be a writer or a clerk to need to know how to type. It’s a skill that no one can take from you. Learning it wouldn’t hurt, would it?
Go for speed first and then accuracy. Going for speed typing first gets you to be comfortable with the key bindings. But even at just achieving speed, you will definitely see the typo-errors. Just don’t worry. Once you achieve a comfortable speed, than be meticulous of typographical errors.
When doing games or typing exercises on a typing software, don’t cheat. Playing typing games are fun and challenging. The goal here is to hone your skills while you’re having fun. The downside is that if you’re a very competitive person, you may cheat just to beat the game. You may do this with other games but NEVER with the typing games, doing so will just put all your efforts to waste.
Make sure to master the placement of the fingers on the keyboard. You may do so by following this finger to keyboard mapping (this is just to show how your fingers should be placed in the keyboard)
- Left Pinkie Finger – “a”
- Left Ring Finger – “s”
- Left Middle Finger – “d”
- Left Index Finger – “f”
- Right Pinkie Finger – “;”
- Right Ring Finger – “l”
- Right Middle Finger – “k”
- Right Index Finger – “j”
- Thumbs on the spacebar
Note that this position A.K.A. the “Home Position” works for QWERTY keyboards.
When you encounter a difficulty in your learning process, don’t quit. When you’re learning something, the first few days are really noticeable right away. As you progress, you may feel that you’re not really improving. If this is the case, just don’t fret. It could be that you’re honing your learned skills instead of learning something new. But the fact still stays, that you’re learning. Don’t be afraid to fail. Make that a challenge for you to overcome.