I have seen many beginners who are doing hard work for improving their touch typing speed but after 4 to 5 months of practice, they still can’t produce good results. I remember that when I decided to learn to type, I improved my typing speed in just one month and in that duration I was able to type different letters and essays faster than many other old typists.
In this article, I will tell you how I improved my typing speed in just one month.
Back in 2002 or 2003, when I bought my first computer which was a Pentium 3, the fastest computer of that time available in India, I used to write different essays from my college book on MS Word. I used to look at the keyboard, find the desired key and then hit it with my index fingers. I feel that it takes a lot of time to find the keys, so I decided to learn the pattern of keys. I took one complete day to memorize the keys combination of my keys.
After memorizing the location of the keys on the keyboard, there was not a great improvement in my speed, but now I can hit the keys with not taking too much time to find the key. Then I bought a video game for my Nintendo console which was for improving the typing speed. To play the game a traditional keyboard was required that can only be attached to the gaming console. This game was to hit the letters dropping down and the mission was to stop the letters to go down to screen by hitting the letters quickly.
I used to do practice on that and after two days my speed was much better, but it wasn’t still good enough and I need to first look at the screen and then I look at the keyboard and hit the key. It takes a lot of time and I was not able to win the games when speed increases.
Then I found a game for expert users, in that game a user needs to write the essay. Below the essay, I found a picture of the keyboard and human hands with placing fingers properly on the keyboard. This lesson highlights the key on the keyboard and the finger which we should use to hit that key.
Now I tried to place my fingers just shown on the game and tries to reach the keys without looking at the keyboard because on the screen I can see which of my finger should be used to hit a specific key. It takes a lot of time and I feel that I can use my index fingers faster rather than by keeping the hands on the keyboard as shown in the picture. But then I thought if for expert typists, the game is showing a proper way to put fingers on the keyboard, there must be something important for improving the typing.
So I keep doing the same and after just 5 to 6 days, I was happy that I can hit each key on my keyboard without looking at the keyboard. Even After one week, I don’t need to look at the keyboard on the screen which helps which fingers should be used. I don’t look at my physical keyboard, and I don’t look at the on-screen keyboard. I just kept my eyes on the essay and keep typing the words.
My speed was not good, but I keep going and with the hard work of just 2 or 3 more weeks, I was able to type much faster. Then I go to my computer teacher and I tell him that I want to show you my typing speed. He assigns me a typing test for beginners and I passed that test in the first attempt. He was happy with my performance and then he gave me many more typing tests for beginners and experts from which I have passed many tests in the first attempt and only for few tests I took 2nd or 3rd attempt.
Now, if you want to improve your typing speed, you don’t need to buy that game (lol), but the key point is you should follow the correct method of placing the fingers and accessing the keys with right fingers. In start you will feel that without putting your keys in that way, you can type faster with your index fingers only, but believe me if you follow the proper guideline, you will learn fast touch typing very fast.
Just like me, you can learn how to type fast without looking at the keyboard, and with many online games available, online test and different lessons, you can even learn touch typing in a couple of weeks. Just give it a try.