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Typing Practice Tips
Make the most of your typing practice! The fastest typists recommend these tips to improve your typing speed and accuracy:
1. Learn to touch type.
Touch typing is a typing technique in which you always use the same finger to type each key, without looking at the keyboard. It takes some practice to learn, but training these consistent finger motions will enable you to type much faster than you could otherwise. The How-to-Type.com typing lessons will teach you to touch type using the standard QWERTY typing technique. The lessons consist of basic typing and finger training exercises to guide you through the skills for typing each key.
Once you have learned the technique you can practice your typing here on this page to boost your speed and accuracy. Your fingers will learn to strike the correct keys automatically and you won’t need to stop to find them on the keyboard. Your mind will be free to think about what you are typing instead of where the keys are. With routine typing practice, you will thoroughly master the skill and become more productive at everything you do at the keyboard!
2. Minimize your hand movements and physical effort.
Practice keeping your fingers positioned on the home row, curved slightly down so that you can easily extend them to type the keys on the rows above and below with minimal movement. Let the palms of your hands float just above the keyboard and rest your thumbs on the space bar. Strike the keys with a quick and light touch.
It is also a good practice to maintain a relaxed and comfortable posture to minimize muscle strain and fatigue. Raise the height of your seat, or stand if necessary so that your arms and hands are resting comfortably down at the keyboard and your eyes are glancing down at your screen. Adjust your screen so that you can clearly see what you are typing without straining your eyes and neck. As you practice typing, remember that you will carry the habits you develop now with you into the future, whenever you type on a keyboard.
3. Practice typing for accuracy, not speed.
If you are making mistakes, slow down. You will not get faster by making lots of typos because it will take more time to go back and fix them all. Furthermore, practicing poor technique will impede your progress by reinforcing your mistakes and bad habits. Typing practice is an exercise, not a race. Type precisely at a rate that you are comfortable with. Your speed will naturally increase as your typing skills
4. Visualize as you type.
You will find this tip most useful once you have confidently learned the positions of all the keys and are practicing to increase your typing speed. Think about the words just ahead of where you are typing and imagine your fingers moving across the keyboard to type them. Your typing will really begin to flow when you can achieve this.
If you are just learning the keys and not quite ready for this, you can employ the power of visualization in your practice by imagining each letter on the keyboard and your finger moving to it before you type it.
5. Maintain your focus on typing.
Don’t practice in a noisy environment. Eliminate distractions. You are more likely to make mistakes if you are distracted, and you do not want to practice making mistakes that would be counterproductive to your goals. If you find your concentration drifting, try to regain focus or consider taking a break and coming back to your typing practice at a better time.