We all, and especially digital dwellers, have always wanted to develop those touch-typing skills that all geeks and computer hackers seem to have (judging from the movies), typing on their keyboards at a blazing speed. Unlike them, most of us have to hunt and peck, i.e. type by looking at the keyboard, or use just a couple of fingers after having learned where the keys are, and we still have our hands traveling around the keyboard.
Actually, if you only need to type about twice a year, the latter is not so bad. But if you frequently work on lengthy writing projects, this will slow you down, and therefore decrease your productivity. Which is never a sign of success.
Well, I guess it’s high time we finally did something about this. So, I have compiled a list of efficient typing tutors designed to teach you how to focus only on the text you're typing, while your fingers do their job and type the words and phrases almost automatically.
Kiran's Typing Tutor
Despite being absolutely free, the program performs surprisingly well in terms of teaching you to touch-type. It's divided into six parts with effective practice lessons devoted to increase your typing speed and accuracy.
I liked that Kiran's Typing Tutor offers an extensive description of typing skills, providing you with a number of lessons, tests, and exercises both for the main and numeric keyboards. Besides, if you decide to get your children involved in the process, these are special lessons and games for kids included in the application.
TypingMasteris a colorful typing tutor with pretty much the same intention and approach as its aforementioned rival. There are also several sets of lessons, which are split into several sections to allow individual users to find their appropriate starting point. Actually, the application will not bother you with those long and annoying lectures, and instead will making you go through numerous practical exercises.
Additionally, to provide another layer of challenge to you and encourage you to train harder, TypingMaster includes statistics displaying your progress in typing speed and accuracy.
KeyBlaze Typing Tutor
Like TypingMaster, KeyBlaze Typing Tutor intends to make you an adept at touch-typing by putting emphasis on various exercises and games, rather than the theory of typing. There is, of course, a small guide provided to explain how to position and move your fingers, but it is not so detailed like that you will find in Kiran’s Typing Tutor. The program has a not-quite-appealing but still easy-to-use interface, split into four main sections: exercises, dictations, games, and results.
Well, if you want to know my opinion, I am personally going to stick with TypingMaster. Although I found all the three tutors more or less fun to use and efficient, TypingMaster just seemed to me more visually compelling and offering a better user experience. I hope you will be able to decide on the right typing course for you and seize full control over the computer keyboard. And if you beg to differ, share your ideas in the comments below.