Do you see people type so fast without even looking at the keyboard, and wonder how in the world they do that? It's called, touch typing.
I'll begin by saying this, email communication for instance, is a skill. Being able to communicate well on email, will determine how well you will collaborate, build rapport, trust, and is thus very important. Touch typing skills will greatly aid you in this.
We are also always taking notes - especially in meetings, which can sometimes be daunting; because you're trying to keep up with what's being said, and you don't want to leave out important points. Touch typing will make this much easier for you. What's more, you won't have waste more time converting your notes for sharing. Just a bit of editing and you're good to go.
In today's world, most people's work involve typing. Imagine you have a long report to write, a school project perhaps? Touch typing means that you are more efficient, faster and less fatigued as you put thoughts into writing.
The average typing speed is 25 to 45 words per minute. If you can type 45 to 60 words per minute then you can consider yourself as 'fluent'. 60 to 80 is considered fast, 80 to 90 is for pros. That is according to www.typingtest.com.
Such speeds are achieved only through touch typing. It is characterized by the following 2 concepts:
1. You don't look at the keyboard when typing
2. You use all the 10 fingers to type
And yes, it can be done. I have done it, and my typing speed ranges between 53 and 58 words per minute, from www.typingtest.com
So how can this be achieved? I'll break it down into 3 points - preparation, points to remember and the type-tutor.
First of all, you have to be ready to invest time - you will need to practice. I'm not talking about hours on end drills, but you need to set a given time daily. Having an hour a day is a good idea. You also need patience - don't be easily discouraged, have realistic expectations. The good thing is, once you get the touch typing skills, it stays with you. It's like you're investing in a one time effort, and you'll always be happy that you did.
Points to Remember
The type tutor will tell you of the home position for your fingers, and the home keys. Now, some type-tutors will tell you this, others might not, and it's about the home keys - the keys F and J. If you have a keyboard nearby, touch these two keys. Do you feel a tiny sharp bump? These bumps are there to help you locate the home keys without looking at the keyboard. Your left hand index finger should be on F, and your right hand index finger should be on J. The rest of the fingers default keys are as follows: Left hand - Middle finger: D, Ring finder: S, Little finger: A, Right hand: Middle finger: K, Ring finger: L, Little finger: ;. This arrangement forms the home row. You always begin typing with your fingers in home row. Always remember that. The bumps on F and J will help you locate home row without looking at the keyboard.
A while ago, you needed to install a type tutor on your computer. Not anymore. Today, online typing lessons are everywhere. I've checked out the 3 below and I believe they will give you all the training you need; feel free to try any:
As I finish, I'll encourage you to create a routine and make it a habit. Set a specific time for your practice, and stick with it. I promise you, you will be very happy with yourself that you did. So go ahead, and begin touch typing. It's very cool.