So what is this big payoff? you might be wondering. Some people argue that it’s a time saver. For example, if you’re a slow typer who writes many emails throughout the day, doubling your typing speed could in theory cut the time you spend writing those emails in half. However, my reason for encouraging people to learn to type faster is slightly different. When your fingers can keep up with your thoughts, typing becomes a very different experience. It feels more like an extension of your voice rather than a hinderance. And once typing starts to feel like an extension of your voice, you might be more likely to use the computer to express your ideas, to communicate them, and to use written language to achieve whatever goals you seek in this world. After all, typing is the gateway to communicating online, and if you’re slow typer (or even a “hunter and pecker”), chances are your typing isn’t doing your thoughts justice.
I can still remember the first day of typing class in the sixth grade. After our teacher showed us where the letters a, s, d, and f were on the keyboard, she promptly walked around the room and taped a piece of paper to the top of each keyboard so that it was covering our hands. That method of teaching forced me to learn how to type without ever looking down at my hands. Nowadays I type at around 90 words per minute on a good day, and I find that being a fast typer helps me immensely in accomplishing my goals over the course of the day. Below you’ll find a collection of online resources to help you find out your current typing speed, learn how to type properly if you never learned, increase your speed if you’re already a proficient typer – and lastly I’ve included some online typing games that are just plain nerdy fun. Enjoy!
Use this website to find out how many words per minute (WPM) you currently type. To give you an idea, the average computer typist types 36 WPM. The average touch typist (meaning someone who doesn’t look at the keyboard while they’re typing) types 58 WPM. This test will give you an idea of where you stand, and might help you to clarify what your typing speed goals are.
CLICK HERE to get started
LEARN TO TYPE
If you are a “hunter and pecker” (someone who types with two fingers, looking for each letter individually) or a slow typer who needs to look at the keyboard frequently, you might benefit from some basic typing lessons. There are numerous websites online that can teach you to type for free, but I found TypingClub.com to be a particular good one. Check it out and if it doesn’t strike your fancy, a google search for “learn to type websites” will yield many more.
CLICK HERE to visit GoodTyping.com
INCREASE YOUR SPEED
If you’re already a proficient typer and are looking to increase your typing speed, I recommend you check out KeyBR.com. On this website you’ll be prompted to type a series of words, some of them actual English words and some of them nonsensical. I found this created a greater challenge and improved both my accuracy and speed over time.
CLICK HERE to visit KeyBR.com
Bored of all these typing tutors? There are many free games online that force you to use your typing skills. Below are a few that I found particularly fun (nerd alert!).
Type Racer – Type quotes from top rated books as you race against real people located all over the globe.
Type a Balloon – Type the letters in each balloon before they float into the sky.
Type Attack – Type each word to shoot the invaders before they descend upon you.