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Top Tips to Increase your Touch Typing Speed
Touch typing is an essential life skill learnt at primary school age these days and the earlier you learn the faster you will type with time. But if you are like me who self taught yourself how to touch type and still not happy with your typing speed here are some tips to increase your touch typing speed.
It is rather frustrating to see your nephews and little cousins flying through the keyboard typing hundreds of keywords per minute without looking at the keyword, isn't it? Yes, I know the feeling I've been there once.
Or at work when your boss asks you to digitalise a document and you take ages to do it because you can't look at the paper and type at the same time.
Worry no more, your hunting and pecking days are over after you follow my tips to increase your touch typing speed you'll be typing as fast as those little devils that were making fun of you.
Considering that you are already familiar with the keyboard place all ten fingers over the keyboard in a way that both thumbs are over the space bar. This is way you will start using all ten fingers when typing.
Customise your keyboard, this might sound childish by it does help improve your speed. Now a written text place it next to you and start typing only looking at the paper, you are allowed to occasionally look to the screen but not the keyboard. Aim for 40 words per minute and move yourself up as you feel more confident.
To make things a little harder, cover your keyboard with a piece of cardboard in a way that you can type but can't see the keys. Repeat the same process as before with the written text.
Consider a touch typing tutor; don't be ashamed of referring to one. There are touch typing programs specifically made for older people just like you and me. These tutors will help you increase your typing speed as well as improve your literacy as the senior versions of these software's use more complex words than the ones used in their junior versions.
Computer games are very useful to help one increase speed, despite not using all keys when play they help your finger become more agile and since you can't look at the keyboard while playing you develop the confidence you need to type without looking at the keyboard.
Going back to those typing tutors most of them offer "Speed Boosters" which are computer games aimed to help you increase your speed while having a bit of fun.
Last but not least we have practice. Despite everything suggested in this article only with daily practice you will increase your touch typing speed.
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