Are You Already a Touch Typist?




Touch typing is a skill that anyone can use. Whether you’re looking for an edge over your competition – like when you’re applying for entry level positions or you’re ready to climb the career ladder – or simply wishing to be more efficient on the computer in general, the ability to touch type quickly and accurately can help you get the most out of your keyboard time.

But do you already have the ability to touch type? Assessing your touch typing skills really isn’t that difficult. In fact, the assessment basically comes down to whether you answer “yes” or “no” to one important question: Can you touch type already?

Keep in mind that in order to type, your fingertips must “touch” certain keys. But the simple act of “touching” specific keys is not what touch typing is all about. Touch typing is really about the way you touch those keys. That’s because touch typing relies on memory, and the ability to type the correct letters in the correct order using the correct symbols, numbers and/or punctuation – without the need to actually look at the keyboard in order to locate the desired keys.

When you know how to touch type, you don’t need to look. Your fingers will know where to go to find the correct letters, numbers and symbols because you’ve properly trained them to recall the correct keyboard location from memory. You’re a touch typist if your answer to this question is “yes”:

Can you type the correct letters in the correct order using the correct symbols, numbers and/or punctuation – without ever looking at the keyboard?

If you cannot touch type, start at the beginning with the simplest finger/key exercises. In fact, if you ever look at the keyboard, it’s a good idea to review the basics before trying to work on speed.

As your touch typing skills improve, you will be ready to progress to more advanced exercises. That’s one of the nice features of Typesy: it lets you work at your own pace. You can start and end each set of exercises whenever you want. Just keep in mind that the more you practice, the more your touch typing skills will improve.


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Can Setting A Goal Help You Reach It?




Anyone who has ever achieved a goal knows that setting a goal is the first step in reaching that goal. That’s because a goal really is nothing more than a desired result. Some people like to compare a goal to a destination on a map. It defines where they want to eventually end up. A goal gives them direction and something to look forward to.

Knowing exactly what your goals are makes it easier to define all of the smaller steps you need to take to achieve those goals, or desired results. In keeping with the map analogy, you could compare these smaller steps to the different roads you must travel in order to reach your ultimate destination.

Most business owners would never attempt to open their doors without clearly defining both short-term and long-term goals. The ones that fail to do this – whether because of a lack of time or a lack of goal-setting knowledge – are usually the ones that fail. But the businesses that set short-term and long-term goals – and know what’s needed to accomplish those goals – will always be in a much better position to succeed.

The same is true with personal goals. It all sounds so easy and so obvious, doesn’t it? But you would be amazed by the number of people who don’t know what it takes to achieve their goals and, as a result, never realize their business, career, or personal dreams.

The simple act of going through the process of thinking about your goal and setting that goal is the first – and maybe the most important – step towards reaching it. In order to ensure that you make quick progress towards your touch typing goals, you’ll need to set specific targets for your speed (words per minute) and accuracy, and a timeframe for making those goals. Make sure they’re within reach, however – if you’ve never used a computer, you can’t expect to be typing at 120wpm in two days!


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Why Typesy is the Top-Rated Typing Course




As reviewers have noted, Typesy offers step-by-step courses that have been designed to fulfill different needs. If your touch typing skills are limited, you can start with the beginner course. As your skills improve, you can progress to the advanced courses. If you already have some touch typing experience, you can skip the beginner courses and jump right into the advanced instruction.

Typesy also offers focused instruction in specific skill building areas. You’ll find specially designed “fast typing tonics” on building speed, improving accuracy, working with the numeric keypad, and more. These are excellent refresher courses that you can work on whenever you have a few minutes of free time.

No matter what course you choose to work on first, each course is a separate module that functions as a virtual workshops that combines video and computer training. Each course begins with verbal instruction that describes what will be covered in the course, the correct fingers to use, and other appropriate information.

Instruction is followed by computer-generated exercises that are always accompanied by images showing proper hand and finger placement. All of this is designed to simulate what you would expect to happen in a live touch typing workshop. The key difference is convenience. You won’t waste time traveling to and from Typesy’s workshops, because you can take the workshops with you on your laptop. And you can repeat the workshops as often as you like.


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The Tools to Use to Reduce Tension




The keyboard is a touch typist’s most important tool. A carpenter can’t construct a frame without a hammer and nails. A doctor can’t hear your heart beat without a stethoscope. And a touch typist can’t type on a computer or a laptop without a keyboard. If you want the job done right, you need the right tools. That’s why it’s so important to understand the layout of your keyboard and choose the right one for your needs. However, even the best keyboard won’t help if the layout of your office and workspace is causing you problems.

Here’s a question: do you want to know a simple way to reduce tension? One that won’t cost any money, won’t require any travel, and won’t require anyone else’s involvement? Of course you do! When it comes to managing tension, we need all the good advice we can get. And that’s exactly why you need to look at using ergonomics to provide the best possible environment to support your touch typing study.

Like everyone, you probably have a desk, chair, desktop or laptop computer, monitor, and of course, a keyboard. And most of you probably sit at this desk when typing on your computer – and you should. But if your monitor isn’t properly positioned, or your desk is too high or too low, you could be unknowingly subjecting your body to unnecessary tension in your joints and muscles. What’s more, this tension isn’t just in your hands and arms, as you might think – it can affect your entire body.

If allowed to continue, the tension could trigger stress, headaches, body aches and pain, eye strain, fatigue, poor circulation, RSI, and other health issues. Unfortunately, these health issues will continue until you do something to make them stop.

That something is ergonomics. Ergonomics is actually a science that involves creating workplace conditions that reduce a worker’s risk of developing health problems. Anyone who types for long periods of time, whether for work or for pleasure, could be at increased risk for these kinds of problems. The risk level varies depending upon an individual’s intensity of repetitive exertions, their duration, and the amount of exposure to those exertions. Creating an ergonomically correct work space can lower that risk, and it can also increase comfort. Take the steps to make your workspace a healthy one, and you’ll improve both your typing skills and your productivity.


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Multiply Two by Five and Increase Your Speed By Ten




Touch typing is an important skill, but for many people the term “touch typing” causes some confusion. It’s true that in order to type – whether on a typewriter or on a computer keyboard – your fingertips must “touch” certain keys. Doing so is how you produce the desired words, or proper combination of words, numbers, and/or symbols. A lot of people believe that this simple act of “touching” specific keys is what touch typing is all about.

It’s true that touch typing does involve touching. But to a greater degree, touch typing involves memory. You see, touch typing is the ability to type the correct letters in the correct order using the correct symbols, numbers and/or punctuation – without the need to actually look at the keyboard in order to locate the desired keys.

When you know how to touch type, you don’t need to look back and forth between the keyboard and the screen. Your fingers will know where to go to find the correct letters, numbers and symbols because you’ve trained them to recall the location of those keys on the keyboard from memory.

Please note that if you resemble the character Schroeder from the comic strip Peanuts while typing, you are not touch typing. Schroeder is the young boy who’s usually shown sitting hunched over his piano and using only his two index fingers to strike the different musical notes that correspond to whatever song he’s playing, which is typically something by Beethoven.

We know people who type like this, and you probably do, too. Some of these people can two-finger type quickly and with a great degree of accuracy. Regardless of their speed or their accuracy though, these individuals still rely heavily on their sight to locate the desired keys. Although glancing at the keyboard takes little more than a split second, using anything other than the touch typing method while typing can have a tremendous impact on your typing speed. That’s because all those seemingly unimportant split second glances can add up to several minutes or more by the time you finish typing. Even if you have to type for just a little bit every day, those wasted minutes can result in a significant loss of time out of your work week. That’s why learning to touch type using the Typesy system will save you time and effort for years to come.


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5 Jobs That Need Great Typing Skills




While it’s true that nearly every job requires some typing these days – since nearly every job includes the use of a computer in some way – the amount of typing that you need to do varies from job to job. Being able to type quickly and accurately is a skill that will help you in any field, but some jobs absolutely require top typing skills. Here are five jobs that you’ll be able to apply for after using the Typesy system to improve your typing speed.

Captioning. The “closed caption” subtitles you seen on television, as well as subtitles for movies and other video presentations, are generally done by typists. Sometimes they’re done in real time mode, while other captioning jobs are project-based and done in advance.

Medical Transcription. You’ll need a good ear and a good command of medical terminology, but the advantage of this field is that it can often be done at home, whether that’s full time or part time. The health field is a good and stable area to work, and because detailed notes need to be kept in each patient’s chart (and because the doctors and nurses don’t have time to write these notes themselves), there are thousands of pieces of medical dictation that need to be transcribed every day.

Data Entry/Data Processing. Whether you’re entering catalog orders into forms or keeping a database updated, you’re providing the key link between customers and corporations when you’re doing data entry. Speed is important in this job, but what’s most important is accuracy. Mistakes cost money, and a good typist can save the company thousands of dollars every quarter.

Customer Service. A 1-800 number will get you to the customer service department, but a lot of businesses have realized that it’s usually quicker and faster to have online customer service available. Because you’re in real-time mode representing your employer, you need to make sure that you don’t make any typing errors. A professional and polished customer representative is a valuable employee, and accurate typing is definitely part of the required skill set.

Legal Secretary. Another field where accuracy is crucial is legal services. Your typing abilities will help you keep up with the huge amount of paperwork involved in any legal proceeding, and ensure that the lawyers and judges using those documents have the information they need to see that justice is served.


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200 Years of Typing: What’s In Store For Typing Technology?




Back in the 1870s as the Industrial Revolution started to evolve into the Information Revolution and modern technological society needed more and faster ways of getting text and documents from one place to another, the first typewriters came into use in offices in the United States and Europe. The advantages of using a typewriter were significant: people didn’t have to worry about bad handwriting causing mistakes in orders or accounts, secretaries could learn to type much faster than they could write by hand, and business letters could all have the same professional look. The disadvantages of those early machines included typebars that would get stuck together or ink ribbons that would jam or go dry, and – before the correction tape and backspace key came onto the scene – it wasn’t very easy to go back and correct your mistakes. A typo at the bottom of one otherwise perfect page might mean that you’d have to re-type the entire thing from the top.

Electric typewriters started appearing over the next few decades, but it wasn’t until the 1960s and the famous IBM Selectric that the electric typewriter really took off. This machine replaced the typebars (with one or two letters or symbols at the end of each narrow metal striking arm) with something called an element which had all of the letters and symbols on one easy-to-replace ball. Now offices could not only have professional quality letters, they could also easily change from one font to another just by switching between elements. However, most offices just used two or three different fonts, including the standard Courier (monospace) and Ariel (proportional). Built-in correction tape allowed for easy erasing of mistakes, and every office worker had a bottle of white correction fluid in their desk to brush out any errors they found later.

Even after computers became standard in the office, they were often used just like typewriters. In some cases, the computer programs themselves weren’t advanced enough to provide anything but simply another way of typing a document. In other instances, the people using the computers didn’t know all that they could do. However, as more and more people grew up in a world where computers were more common than typewriters, those older machines started only being used for things like pre-printed legal forms. These days, it’s the people who were trained on computers who can’t figure out how a typewriter works!

Many messages go out today over smartphones that don’t have standard keyboards, or the keyboards are much too small for normal typing. Often these text message systems have an “auto-complete” option that means you don’t even have to type all of the letters in the word before it displays. While this saves time, there are drawbacks that go beyond the humorous “autocorrect” errors we’re all familiar with: touch typing techniques aren’t used, spelling rules are forgotten, and speed is more valuable than content.

Will keyboards are eliminated entirely one day? There are already voice-recognition software applications that translate your spoken words directly into text. Perhaps the next step will be to wire our brains straight into a worldwide communication network and eliminate the need for text documents altogether. Until that day arrives, though, keep practicing your touch typing skills!


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How to Stimulate Your Brain and Type Faster




Many studies have shown that when both sides of the brain work together, neural communication is improved and your mind works faster. They’ve shown that this right-brain/left-brain connection helps improve memory, for example, and even math skills. It makes sense that when your mind is functioning at its highest level, both the mental and physical efforts controlled by your brain when you’re typing will be performed at the highest speed as well.

You can stimulate your brain to increase the left-right interaction by simply moving your eyes back and forth from left to right. Other physical tricks work too, like walking or pacing back and forth, swinging your arms alternately left and right, but if you’re sitting at a desk at work or in a study cubicle at the university library, you’ll probably find it easier to use the quieter eye movement technique. This will prompt your brain to start the communication flowing between its two hemispheres, and with that increased communication all of your mental functions will start to pick up speed. Since your brain controls the muscles in your body, you’ll find that your fingers move faster too. What’s more, you can use your fingers to signal this communication process back to your brain, by typing words that use the left and right hand alternately.

Here’s an exercise for you to do, so that you can see the difference in your typing speed. Call up a blank document and adjust the document window so that it fits to the right of the screen and you can still see the list of words below. Without doing any of the brain-stimulating exercises we talked about in the previous paragraphs, check the time (or start a timer) and type the following words:

ambient
bicycle
chaotic
dickeys
eighths
enchant
fisheye
gurneys
hayfork
isoform
naughty
problem
quantic
shamans
sickens
soapbox
torment

How long did it take you to type those words? How many spelling errors did you make while typing? Make a note of the results.

Next, take 10 or 15 seconds to do the left-right eye movement exercise. Check the time or start your timer again, and type this next set of words:

apricot
buckeye
chapels
corncob
dismays
element
enflame
formals
hangman
landman
oviform
prodigy
rickeys
shekels
signals
socials
turkeys

Did you notice a difference in your typing speed? Because the increase in speed might be small due to the shortness of the list of words, and because you were trying to time yourself, it could be hard to see the difference right away. Keep using this technique, however, and you’re sure to notice a difference over time.


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To Learn to Touch Type You Need Strength, Speed, and Stamina




There’s no Olympic event for touch typing, but typing is a physical skill, and you’ll need to practice just like any athlete does before a sporting event. You might not think that the small quick movements of your fingers require strength or endurance, but at the end of the workday when you’ve been repeating those movements for eight hours, you’ll definitely find that you’re tired, especially if you aren’t using the proper techniques. There are things you can do to help keep up your strength and improve your typing skills so that you’re fast, accurate, and able to finish your work at record-breaking speeds. The exercises and lessons in the Typesy program are designed to give your fingers a workout, but you can also work on your strength and typing speed even away from the computer. Here are some suggestions:

To increase your strength you can spend time on non-typing finger and hand exercises. This might be useful if you find that you don’t have the same strength in your little fingers as you do in the others. There are grip and finger strengtheners that musicians use that you can carry with you and use while you’re walking the dog or riding the bus to work. You can also practice playing the piano to exercise your fingers – the work you do on one keyboard will help you on the other. But don’t overdo the exercise! 19th century German composer Robert Schumann injured his hand, preventing him from fulfilling a career as a concert pianist, and some scholars say that it was due to overuse of a device to help him strengthen his little fingers.

To increase your speed it’s helpful to keep your hands flexible. Your fingers are a system of muscles, bones, tendons, and joints that all need to work together smoothly, and if your hands are stiff, you won’t be able to type as quickly. Vitamin C and manganese help keep the cartilage in your joints healthy, and glucosamine chondroitin and fish oils are popular supplements that also improve joint health. If your muscles are sore, anti-inflammatory medications can help. If your hands are cold, that will also make them slow and prone to cramps, so try to keep your office space at a comfortable temperature.

To increase your stamina the strength-training and flexibility tips above will help, but one of the best things to do for your stamina might seem to be just the opposite: stop typing. That is, stop typing for a few minutes every so often. Get up, stretch by lacing your fingers together and flexing your hands outward in front of you and over your head, walk around and shake out your arms and hands, and get your body moving. When you go back to sit down and type again, you’ll find that you’re more relaxed and alert, and that will help you keep typing longer.


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What’s the Best Ergonomic Keyboard for Fast Typing?




When you’re typing quickly, you’re probably focused on your hands and fingers, and where they are on the keys. But typing doesn’t just involve the muscles of your fingers, but also of your arms, your shoulders, your neck, and more. That’s why Typesy devotes an entire set of lessons to ergonomics, the science of adjusting workplace and workspace tools to best fit the human body. If you’re sitting correctly, with your keyboard and monitor and document display area all adjusted to your own particular physical needs, then you’ll reduce the stress on your body, which will help you type even faster. What’s more, you’ll also reduce the chances that you’ll develop one of the long-term problems like carpal tunnel syndrome that is often caused by overstressed tendons and muscles when you aren’t taking care of yourself.

Choosing a keyboard that fits you is a great way to help eliminate the problems associated with spending hours at your computer. Whether you use a laptop or a desktop model, you can look for keyboard layouts that are the most comfortable for you. Here are some suggestions for keyboard configurations that still use the standard QWERTY layout but also provide some relief for overstressed fingers, wrists, and shoulders.

The “Truly Ergonomic Keyboard” does a good job of keeping your hands and shoulders in a neutral position, but the [Enter] key has been moved to the center line, which means that you’ll be pressing it with your thumb rather than the little finger of your right hand.

There are many versions of the curved keyboard that allows your hands to both curl naturally inward and angle naturally upward, but this style isn’t to everyone’s liking. If you share your computer with a coworker, you may have to get used to switching out your keyboards when you start your shift.

To move your hands farther apart and into a more natural, forward-facing position, a split keyboard like this one can give you just that little bit of extra space you need to keep your shoulder and neck from getting tense, and because it’s not curved up in the middle, some people find it easier to use.

The ultimate split keyboard is one like the Kinesis Freestyle 2. Since bringing your hands together onto a small keyboard can be difficult for people with wide shoulders or bodies, this style of keyboard provides the most flexibility in creating the space you need to not angle your hands to an unnatural degree. However, because the two halves of the keyboard can be placed at different distances from your body, you’ll need to pay more attention to how you’re sitting so that you don’t twist your spine.

Many employers will pay for ergonomic equipment, so if you’re having problems after long days of typing at your desk, ask if you can explore some of these different tools to help you with your job.


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