Imagine what you could do if you have more spare time!
Want more time? Touch Typing may be just what you need.
Already Touch Type? Get faster and better and save even more time.
It has been calculated that someone who uses a computer 4 hours per day would save 29 working days per year if he or she could touch-type!
Take the challenge!
Absolute beginners: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing
Peter's online typing course: http://www.typing-lessons.org
Nimble fingers touch typing tutorials: http://www.nimblefingers.com
Touch Typing Study: http://www.typingstudy.com/
Rapid Typing Tutor: http://download.cnet.com/Rapid-Typing-Tutor/3000-2051_4-10666000.html
Typing Master Typing Test: http://download.cnet.com/TypingMaster-Typing-Test/3000-2051_4-10046660.html
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 17 Deluxe: http://download.cnet.com/Mavis-Beacon-Teaches-Typing-17-Deluxe/3000-2051_4-10441764.html
Basic Keyboard Skills
BBC's Keyboard Skills: http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/computer-basics/lessons/the-keyboard
So, how fast can you type?
Links to websites where you can test your typing speed.
Typing study: http://www.typingstudy.com/speedtest
Can you defeat Freddie at typing? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA71Y1jttSc
What is Touch Typing?
Touch Typing is typing without looking at the keyboard keys. This typically involves placing the eight fingers in a horizontal row along the middle of the keyboard (the home keys) and having them reach for other keys without having to look down at the key board.
Two - fingered (or four - fingered) Hunt-and-Peck typists have to look at the keyboard for every letter or every few letters they type.
Benefits of Touch Typing
- Increase in speed and efficiency - more time for you!
- Increased effectiveness - you can focus on the output instead of the keys producing an increase in quality.
- Less mental fatigue - Touch Typing is less demanding as it involves muscle memory and, once mastered, you no longer have to focus on two issues; locating the keys and what is on the screen. With Touch Typing, you can focus on output alone.
- Less physical fatigue - spreading the load between all your fingers reduces the physical stress on individual fingers.
The “Hunt-and-Peck” method produces keying habits that limit speed and proficiency. While “Hunt-and-Peck” typists can reach speeds of about 37 words per minute (wpm) for memorized text, and 27wpm when copying text, the average Touch Typist reaches 50 to 70 wpm while some reach 80 to 95 wpm and Touch Typing experts can work at speeds above 120 wpm
Something to think about
- Handwriting has a speed of approximately 20 wpm
- A skilled Touch Typist can have a speed of 80-100 wpm
- A Hunt-and-Peck typist, on the other hand, may type as slowly as 10 wpm, especially if the typist needs to look at a source document.
- You could save yourself days of time per year using Touch Typing!
Are you ready for the challenge?
If you’ve been touch-typing since you first met a keyboard, then learning to touch-type is a challenge. When you tackle Touch Typing as a seasoned hunt-and-peck typist, there will come a stage in your training when you will meet a block not unlike the marathon wall; you will need to beat this wall. When you get over this hurdle, you will enjoy watching your typing speed soar.
The benefits of tough typing are yours for the taking. Enjoy the satisfaction of touch-typing and enjoy the hours and hours of extra time you will have as one of your rewards.