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How to Improve Your Typing Speed with these 5 Free Online Tutors

Guest post by Adam Fort, an education strategist at Ratatype

Many fields of work require fast, efficient typing to complete tasks in short spans of time. If you find yourself having trouble improving your typing speed in order to match up with the competition, do not fear. There are online typing tutors available that provide programs and exercises that can help you truly master the art of the keyboarding.  Below are five of them you might want to check out:

  1. Free typing tutors Keybr. Specializing in touch typing, this site makes use of statistics and algorithms in order to find the best lessons for your existing skill set. It measures the individual speed with which you strike each letter on a keyboard in order to create typing exercises that work on your weaknesses. The lessons progress slowly based on your improvement, adding more easily readable, randomly generated letters and words in wider varieties as you become a better typist. Your progress is shown to you in charts and tracked with a calendar for timely lessons. Aside from that, the site supports a few different languages and keyboard formats so that you can learn regardless of your device or native tongue.
  2. The Typing Cat.  A variety of different typing courses is available here. The lessons range from the standard basic and advanced courses to learning typing based on HTML 5, EcmaScript 6, and CSS 3 examples. The tutor also supports multiple keyboard formats and is designed to work alongside certain Internet browsers. Each exercise is designed to help you type faster, improve accuracy, and increase your productivity level. You can even choose to create custom courses to suit your personal needs, or make use of those created by other users.
  3. Ratatype. This site makes an excellent tutor, as it focuses on mastering the skills you already have in place in order to make you type faster and more accurately. There are lessons provided that focus on increasing current typing speed in addition to programs that teach you how to touch type. Together, these two elements make for the ability to type fast without so much as glancing at the keyboard. In addition, there are options available for you to challenge your friends or utilize the site to teach a group of students. Alongside these features, the tutor includes a comprehensive guide on correct posture, finger positions, and finger motion that will help improve your technique, alongside general tips on typing speed. Here, let’s get you started: take a typing test to find out how quickly you can type, and earn yourself a free certificate upon completion!
  4. Typing.com. This typing tutor aims for a more educational experience, with its programs geared towards teachers and students who want to  improve their accuracy and speed. However, you don’t have to be in school to make use of its features. The program is suitable for users of all ages, and works by introducing letters of the keyboard in each exercise at varying levels of difficulty. You even earn badges along the way to add to your motivation. The site boasts over 2 million users per week, and has testimonials that claim positive results. With that being said, the demographic of the site means that the exercises can seem more juvenile at times.
  5. Typing Club. Aimed at improving touch typing, this typing tutor provides an engaging interactive experience while you learn, and can be used by students and teachers as well if required. It includes a guide to proper hand placement on the keyboard, and each lesson must be repeatedly practiced until a full five star score is achieved. Each lesson focuses specifically on a few letters and offers levels, badges, stars, and similar rewards to encourage users to progress further and stay on track. The tutor also offers a playback option, where you can look back on your previous attempts and analyze your progress.This website is also a Google for Education Partner.

Remember, when learning any new skill, practice makes perfect. These sites are designed to provide you with that aforementioned practice while teaching you new techniques and adding to your skill set. Not sure where to start? Take a typing speed test (like the one we mentioned earlier), set a goal for yourself, and just keep trying to reach it. Go on, give one a try, and become a better typist today!

BIO

Adam Fort is an education strategist at Ratatype. This project helps children and adults to learn touch typing via online typing tests and lessons.  Adam is in charge of developing the proper typing lessons and exercises for typists who want to improve their typing speed.  He also has a commercial pilot’s licence which he is extremely proud of.

The Benefits of Learning How to Type Properly

Benefits of Taking on Online Typing Course

Practice proper typing posture and techniqueOnline typing programs are a great way to practice your typing skills and test your typing speed.  The best thing about them is that they are 100% web based so there is no software that you need to purchase and install.   Taking an online typing course can help improve your typing speed and accuracy enabling you to get your work done more faster and efficiently.  Also, by improving your typing speed and accuracy, you will become more proficient using many of the popular software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Learning how to type properly will also make you more appealing to employers as most office and clerical jobs require at least 35-40 Words Per Minute (WPM) and executive and administrative assistants require in excess of 60 WPM.  As your speed and accuracy improves, you will be less likely to make errors and typos when keying documents.

It’s practically impossible to be proficient using Microsoft Word if you don’t know how to type properly as you need a certain level of typing speed and accuracy before you can learn how to properly and efficiently format a variety of professional documents such as business letters and memos.  As you become more proficient in typing, your reading, spelling, punctuation, and proofreading skills will also improve.

It’s never too late to learn how to type and officeskills.org offers online typing classes for adults, teens and kids using the Edutyping software. The EduTyping software is easy-to-use software that will teach you how to touch-type on a standard QWERTY keyboard.  Edutyping is a 100% web-based online technology so the course is completely online and you only need access to the Internet using a major browser. By completing the course lessons, skill builders, reinforcements and exercises, and utilizing all of features included within EduTyping, you will be well on your way to learning one of the most valuable skills of your life – learning how to type.

What You’ll Learn in your Online Typing Course

PROPER POSTURE:  The EduTyping software will teach you how to demonstrate proper posture and technique when you are typing.  Exercising proper posture and technique will allow you to maintain a steady, comfortable pace while typing at your keyboard.

Proper typing posture & technique lesson in Edutyping

COURSE LESSONS:  The Course Lessons is where you will spend most of your  time learning how to type. The Course Lessons Menu is divided into two units, each containing a series of sequential lessons that will teach you the skill of touch-typing at the keyboard.

Learning how to type online using Edutyping Software on officeskills.org

PRACTICE LIBRARY, SKILLBUILDING AND REINFORCEMENT LESSONS:  The Reinforcement section provides you  with additional skill building and keyboarding practice.  The Reinforcement lessons are designed to be completed sequentially after you have completed the corresponding lessons from within the Course Lessons section.  The Practice Library is also a great place to reinforce your typing skills and warm-up before taking the timed writing tests

Skill Building and Reinforcement lessons using Edutyping keyboarding software of officeskills.org

TIMED WRITING PRACTICE AND MY PROGRESS:  You’ll build up speed using 30 second, one, two, three and five minute speed drills that measure your speed and accuracy.  You can also track your completion progress, Words Per Minute (WPM ) and accuracy scores, and results on your timed writing tests in the MY PROGRESS section. The MY PROBLEM KEYS section tracks and identifies the keys you are having difficulty mastering and provides a list of recommended lessons for you to repeat to practice to correct your problem keys.

Timed Writings on your keyboarding course in Edutyping keyboarding software on officeskills.org

GAMES:  Of course, you’ll also want to have some fun!  The Games section includes a variety of fun, interactive games that reinforce typing skills. The Games section is designed to give you  a break from the typing lessons and as the games data is not tracked or saved, it won’t impact your typing scores.

Playing games in your typing program using Edutyping software on officeskills.org

Sign up for Beginning Keyboarding (Adults) at http://officeskills.org/keyboarding_training.html

Sign up for the Kids Keyboarding Course at http://officeskills.org/elementary-level-keyboarding.html

Sign up for the Teen Keyboarding Course at http://officeskills.org/teen-keyboarding.html