How You Can Learn To Type Faster (And Be More Productive)


If only we knew back in the day how important those seemingly silly, elective typing classes would be — especially now that we live in a technology-fueled world. Our workplaces have evolved alongside society, and with the advent of digital, typing quickly is now a fundamentally important part of doing your job well.

If you still struggle to type as efficiently and quickly as you'd like, an app like Typesy Typing Trainer helps you learn the fundamentals of touch typing — a typing technique based on the idea that every finger has its own area to cover on the keyboard. Using touch typing methodologies, you can type without needing to look down at the keyboard. That not only saves your neck and back from long-term straining peeking up and down, but it can also tremendously speed up your typing speed with time and practice.

Similarly to playing the piano (where keys each produce a different note), touch typing is a combination of muscle memory as well as proper posture. No one wants to sit hunched over a computer — the effects of doing that too frequently over time is disastrous for your posture and general health. In order to even start learning effective touch typing, you need to set yourself up for success — here are tips to sit properly, so you can better do work over long periods of time:

  • Sit up straight
  • Bend your elbows and release tension in your supper shoulders
  • Face the screen and keep at least 45 - 70 cm of distance between your eyes and the screen
  • Don't put any pressure against your wrists and the desk/keyboard

The primary position of your fingers for touch typing is centered around what's called the "home row" — that's the very center of your keyboard, the ASDF and JKL; keys. You start from and return to these keys — and there's even usually a raised line underneath the F and J keys to help you find them without hunting.

From your home keys, the remainder of your keyboard is divided vertically — and the finger you use for any letter in your home row is the same finger you'd use to hit the same row of your keyboard.

The positioning of your hands will help you type more effectively and quickly with practice — and helps you limit your hand and finger movement only to what is necessary to press a specific key (i.e., no more typing with just your index fingers). That also helps improve your typing speed and maybe even more importantly, reduces the amount of stress on your hands and wrists.

And while time and practice will help you naturally improve, so does specific guidance and instruction — like the personal coaching provided by Typesy, which can push your 50 WPM to over 100. The software was engineered by real touch typing experts, and learn to type more effectively by playing hundreds of scientifically designed activities.

Usually a lifetime subscription to Typesy Typing Trainer is $290, but you can get it here for $19.99.

Written by StackCommerce February 26, 2019