As a kid, my parents bought my brothers and I a computer game that would teach us to touch typing. The problem with that, was that I understood the purpose of the game, but going to the next level was more important than learning. 25 years passed and I still feel the need to look at my fingers when I type.
So about a year ago I decided that I should use my free time to get out of this terrible habit that I grew up with. And this is something that you don’t need to get out of your P.J.’s to start.
After some time looking into different free online options, I found a couple that are user-friendly and I have been getting real results.
This one is super cute! It looks like it’s made for kids to learn to type, but it’s actually very effective. The screen has a big image of hands on the keyboard helping you to not look at your hands. Oh! It has some cute games to play and learn.
What I really like about this one, is that after every new position on the keyboard, you practice it by typing real words using what you’ve already learned, which I think is better that the asdfg asdfg asdfg that I’ve found on other websites.
The one thing I don’t like about it, is that to pass to the next level the standard is really low. But that’s probably because it’s made for kid.
Typing.com has been my favorite out of all the websites I’ve used to far. Like typingclub.com, it has the image of hands on a keyboard to help guide you when you are uncertain. But it’s much more grown up oriented. It even gives you a certificate to show your results if ever needed.
What I like most about it, is the clear goals and levels. On this website, you can also practice with real words, but there are also a lot of random combinations to help you practice, extending and helping learn new letter many more times before moving on to the next one.
Practicing touch typing started as something that I’d do just to pass the time. But now, it’s become a habit. Every time I sit down in front of my computer, for whatever reason it is, I practice at least five minutes. It works as a warm up for my fingers, but it’s also a good mindful reminder that I’m there to do something and not just pass time.