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How did you get good at typing quickly?

I like using computers for work much better than working in a store (as an example: a grocery store or a clothing store). I want to type faster!! Can you please tell me how you learned to use your computer keyboard more quickly? (I am in 11th grade but my parents do not have a computer at home) #computer #technology #tech #coding #typing

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Al’s Answer

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When I was taking typing in school, I did rather poorly. I lacked interest, I suppose. However, I did take away the proper 'etiquette' for touch typing. Finger placement, posture, the importance of accuracy over speed. Slow and accurate is far better than fast and error prone.


I almost failed typing. I barely made it to the 10 words per minute required. Then, I got interested in computers. Back in those days, there were magazines filled with programs you had to type in. Believe it or not, frustration over my poor skills led me to say one day, "that's it. I'm typing properly from now on!".


I typed with a piece of card over my hands so I couldn't peak. I would just delete every mistake (almost every letter!) and try again and again. Within about a week, I saw that the struggle was already paying off. I was typing faster than after a semester of classes.


I had it in me, I just needed a reason and a goal.


Incidentally, the keyboard I use now doesn't even have anything printed on any of the keys. Geek cred!

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Michael’s Answer

The only way to get good at typing (or anything that doesn't just involve breathing or sitting) is to practice. If you don't have a computer at home, it'll take more effort from you to get to a library or a friend's house in order to use one. Once you're there, there are lots of free online typing tutors. Like this one (the top hit off of Google):


http://www.typingweb.com/


Good luck!

Thank you comment icon I agree with Michael, it just takes practice. The more you consistently practice the better. Start witht he online typing and really aim for accuracy. As you get more familiar with the keyboard your speed will naturally increase. Marie Blach
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the advice Mr. Allen and Ms. Blach. I will try when I get to the library. Right now I only have my phone. Tomas
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Mike’s Answer

After the other tutorials, try one other tip - if you have your own keyboard, try covering the letters on the keys with black tape. It will force you to be able to type without looking at the keys which will make you much faster in the long run.

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Catherine’s Answer

I have done free online tutorials and increased the word per minute very fast. Is simple and entertaining :)
http://www.powertyping.com/
http://www.sense-lang.org/typing/tutor/keyboarding.php

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Michele’s Answer

When I was in High School, in 10th grade, I took a typing elective. We learned how to type on typewriters. For 2 hours per week, we sat with our fingers on the middle row of the keyboard, and tried to copy words that we read onto a typed sheet of paper. I found that the more that I tried, the better I kept getting. It's not easy when you don't have what you need at home. Would you be able to go to the library, and use a computer there? I'm sure that there are many online classes, or even youtube videos that you could watch to start getting familiar. The best way to learn is practice though. Luckily, a computer has a backspace key to erase the errors.
Best of luck to you. I know you will find a way.
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Will’s Answer

Practice Practice Practice.. there's no other way around. If you don't have a computer, i'm pretty sure there's public library that offer free computer usage. I remembered that i used to learn to type by practicing on transferring papers that i wrote onto the computer. Overtime, your fingers will start dancing on the keyboard.


Good luck

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vijaykant’s Answer

The only way to learn typing is to do it real-time. And any online typing tutor will help you in the initial stages.

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Fiona’s Answer

One of the best decisions I made when I completed by Degree was to take a one-week "touch typist" course at a secretarial college! It allowed me to learn to type quickly and professionally; as my career has always involved using a laptop on a daily basis, it has stood to me. I don't need to look at the keyboard and can type up notes very quickly and accurately. I would recommend that you look into a professional secretarial / administration course - I believe it was money well spent, as it is a life-long skill which will stand to you.

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Adam’s Answer

As everybody stated already, practice practice practice. Test yourself to know where you sit at first(how many words per minute) and set progressive goals and start working toward them. You have to start by memorizing your keyboard.

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