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Forum title:Typing
Topic title:What is important while learning fast to
Created by: pitoko
Created on:2006-09-11 20:58:47
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Date: 2006-09-11 20:58:47
Edited: 2007-06-04 15:23:36


I'm 20 years old and i'm studying computer science in Poland. I have pc since 13 yo. Unfortunately i wasn't learning touch typing at the beginning. I was typing long time using 6 fingers and looking at the keyboard. Since half year i'm trying to touch type. At the begining of the learning i was only trying to press each key using correct finger, but i was looking at the keyboard. But for about 1 month i'm learning very intensively using typing program. Currently i can type polish words using letters asdfjklweruiogh with speed 360 cpm and about 98% accuracy and with poor rhythmicity (as say my program). I'm learning each letter about 2-3 days and i'm typing about one hour each day. I was thinking that some day i'll type really fast (i very want to), but once i have read one topic...

"I have a friend who taught himself to type, and has been spending hours a day on the computer, typing a great deal of that time, for the last 7 years or so...and his typing speed still can't match mine"

...so i dont know if i'll be fast typer in future :(
Most of fast typers have learn touch typing or play piano in young age, and i don't :( Can you give me any advices? What is most important if i want to type fast? I know that the speed at the beginning is not the most important. Most important is accuracy and rhythmicity. How important is rhythmicity? Should i type very rhytmicity or only a little? My rhytmicity is bad because: a) i'm doing 2% of mistakes, which slow down my typing b) sometimes my brain know how to type very fast some long words, and i don't want to type then letter by letter but instantly...

Thanks for the reply!

Date: 2006-10-06 12:40:22
Edited: 2006-10-06 12:45:50

For me, learning to type faster has generally involved typing "hurriedly" so that I'd go faster, but make more errors. I'd hang at that speed while gradually pulling up my accuracy during practice. As soon as I could handle the new speed with 98% accuracy or so, I'd push the speed even higher, and repeat the process.

Edit: There are also more specific techniques I've heard of, but never used... my Info. Processing teacher tried to teach me to type "by letter". The objective is to teach the brain to stop reading words and instead type one character at a time.

I don't quite know what the point of it was. Maybe just to smooth out the keystrokes? Anyway, if you're interested in trying that, the best way is probably to run a "backwards text" drill in whichever typing program you use.

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