Typing tips, how to make type faster and master the keyboard

1) Accuracy

I had been trying to improve my speed for months and I was not seeing much improvement. Once I slowed down and started being more accurate instead of trying to type faster I started seeing an increase in my typing speed. I feel more in control as well. I still have a way to go for my personal goal but am pleased to see that I am now improving and relaxing more.
Learn to be accurate first then improve speed. Because if you make mistakes all the time the longer it will take you to type. Every time you backspace takes longer than if you slow down just a tad so you can type accurately. I still makes a lot of mistakes but I realize when I slow down to be accurate I actually tend to type slightly faster.

2) Practice

For new typists: Practice. Get used to the home keys work to the point where you do not need to look at both what you are typing, or your fingers on the keyboard.

For advanced typists: Practice. Develop muscle memory for typing certain types of commonly used letter parings. Identify the combinations of letters for certain words that give you trouble and practice typing them in particular to the point where you no longer need to think when doing so.
My tip to improve your typing speed is to not only practice often, but practice correctly. Try to get rid of bad typing habits and replace them with good ones. For example, you should use every single finger when typing instead of relying on the use of fingers with which you're most comfortable. Full utilization of both hands is necessary to achieve your highest typing potential.

3) Stretching

When my wrists get stiff from typing, I grab my fingers with one hand and stretch out my arm to full length and pull on my fingers back slowly. I then, stretch my fingers by opening and closing them, bend my hands back and forth, and rotate my wrists.
if you feel a little sore on the fingers or knuckles, just put your arms up high, and wriggle your fingers (only do this if your fingers feel sore. ) and if your knuckles hurt just put your left hand into a fist and do the same with the right. With the bottom of your left fist, tap the knuckles on your right hand and vice versa.

4) Know your keyboard

My tip to improve your typing speed is to feel for the "F" and the "J". As most know, those are the letters you feel for first on the keyboard. As time goes by, and you learn how to type without looking, you will not even really have to "feel" for the "F" and the "J" you will just learn the keyboard.
It is also important to familiarize yourself with the keyboard you are using. - This is essential as, if you can map the keyboard out in your mind, you wont need to look away from the screen to locate the key you need. This would also minimize time spent between getting your many thoughts onto the screen before loosing them (again).
If you are typing 60 wpm or higher, and want to get better, and not get carpal tunnel: buy a mechanical keyboard. I use red switch that I bought for both gaming/typing, and after an hour of typing, my fingers still feel fine. I wouldn't recommend red for most typists--It doesn't have the feedback that other switch types have, and takes a while to get used to not bottoming out the keys all the time.

5) Rhythm

What is important is developing a rhythm, not to hurry, but to be accurate, first-priority. Speed comes naturally with practice and time. Further, one must push one's self to perform better, but acknowledging that efficiency only is established, along with effectiveness. In closing, one must learn to type only what one sees/reads; never change the words, unless, of course, it is an editing ... exercise/test. One only types what one sees or reads!

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Touch typing

Touch typing is typing without looking at the keyboard. The idea is to teach your fingers the location of each keys. The F and J keys have a raised bar or a dot allowing your finger to identify them. Once you have placed your two indexes on those keys, the other fingers are placed on the keys next to them.

In order to type fast you have to be careful about which finger to use to press a key. Take a look at the drawing below. Each color match a finger. For example the left index is light green and has to type only the light green keys.

typing test tips

Certain keys are special. ASDF and JKL; are the base positions for your fingers.Your fingers go from the base position to the key that you want to press.

A good first thing to do when your learn touch typing is to memorize the keyboard and create a mental map of the associated fingers. You have to be able to press any key without even thinking. For example if I say C you have to think move the middle finger down and press C instantly. You can only achieve this through practice. You have to build up the muscle memory of each fingers.

Key ideas

* Place your indexes on F and J
* A key has to pressed by the same finger all the time
* Don't look at the keyboard, your eyes should always look at the screen
* Go practice!

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User tips

jogri 2 months, 2 weeks ago
2022-06-04_ I realise I go the the date wrong in my last post, whoops haha. Anyone I'm feeling a little bit quicker now. But still it is high accuracy that eludes me. Particularly when I've been practicing for a while and my fingers/brain are a little fatigued. Accuracy will be my focus for now.

Recent speed = 72.31
Recent accuracy = 96.34%

catrice 2 months, 4 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to switch to a language that is foreign to you, then switch back to your primary language. IDK why.

lenorite 3 months, 1 week ago
Ok so basically I'm gonna be stopping typing practice on and off of this account, and I am only going to do instant death mode. I have wished that it would record my scores in a chart but it does not, so I'm going to make that chart in a spreadsheet, and I will come back when I am ready to start being accountable.

jogri 3 months, 2 weeks ago
2022-05-06_ It's interesting that in the last week I've dipped to my lowest scores in a while, almost back to my original baseline, before bouncing up to new peaks; including my first 90wpm with 100%. Before falling back to an average (because I kept typing while my fingers were fatigued) haha.

Recent speed = 75.74
Recent accuracy = 96.09%
Typetest_io PB (1 min) = 94wpm

itscathnotkat 3 months, 2 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to familiarize your fingers with the positions of the keys and make yourself knowledgeable with a lot of words to make it easier to spell as well as to type. So you can type the words as fast as you say it.

jogri 3 months, 3 weeks ago
2022-04-30_ Been working hard this week and also trying a new website that uses an algorithm to make me write words and use letters that I often mess up. I feel like it has been helping my accuracy, but I'm still waiting to see proper improvements. Also yesterday I typed for too long and tanked my ratings haha.

Recent speed = 66.58
Recent accuracy = 95.87%

hayleyoh 3 months, 3 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to practice every day whenever you have some free time to the point that your discord friends make fun of you for it

vyshakkriss 3 months, 3 weeks ago
It's been an year since i stopped typing for fun. Now, I could not say whether my speed has increased but sure there is a change, and I can feel it in my arms.

noteven 4 months ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to just sit back and let the words come naturally. Eventually you'll pick up speed, but for now it's better to focus on accuracy. Focus on how well you know your words so when one of those tricky ones comes up, you already know the movements your fingers need to make.

izzie_bea_83 4 months ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I stretch my hands, rub some volteran gel on my joints and take a 15 minute break.

user79374 4 months, 1 week ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... practice? And don't focus on not making errors. Accuracy should be priority but pay attention to the letters and words themselves rather than "don't make a mistake."

jogri 4 months, 2 weeks ago
2022-04-07_ Checking back in after a week of daily practice. Definitely feeling a bit quicker with my typing. And a teeny bit more accurate too.

Recent speed = 68.09
Recent accuracy = 94.71%

instrint 4 months, 3 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...Stretch them and wash my hands in hot water so they can unthaw, Then wait until I can move them again before getting back to typing.

starless 5 months, 1 week ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... I don't know! It's not happened yet. Also I just wanted to see my profile picture.

user99667 5 months, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I just keep doing it because honestly, my fingers have never hurt because of this.

omr4406 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Words that have the letters 'ie' or 'ei' in them are confusing. I definitely know where they are and what fingers to use to reach them. I mean, they are on opposite sides. but when they come together in one word my speed decreases a lot. I don't know why? does anyone have the same problem?