Why Can I Not Improve In My Typing Speed Anymore?
Hey everybody I’m Mike Gecawich back with another exciting episode of #AskEduTyping. I am co-founder of Teaching.com, Edutyping.com and Typing.com where we service literally hundreds of thousands of students across the United States and the world to teach the foundational skill of keyboarding which is a skill you all need for all things technology. Each week we field user questions from students and teenagers who are using either Typing.com or Edutyping or just those interested in learning the answers to anything related to keyboarding or typing skills.
Each week we start with a tip of the week and this week is called add typing Trivia to your keyboarding curriculum. Basically typing trivia is a wonderful way for students to have to really learn and master the layout of the keyboard and especially those foundational keys, the home row keys A S DF And J K L semicolon and then all of the other surrounding alpha numeric keys.
So here’s how to play Keyboarding trivia. It’s real simple each week if you want to play this once a week or once a month once a day it’s up to you. I’ll leave that in your hands. But here’s how it works. Basically you have your students turn their keyboards over. If you have any visuals of a keyboarding chart such as the poster behind me which many many keyboarding and computer labs do, you’ll need to remove them from the wall or at least cover it with something so students can’t see it because the key to playing keyboarding trivia is to have students recognize the keys through the memory, not through what they see visually and basically you just generate a series of keyboarding trivia questions that are related to the keyboard.
Here is a simple one: I’m found next to the letter S key and I’m on the left of it. Who am I? And think about that for a minute and the answer is the letter, A key which is to the left of the S key. Or you could create a question that says you use the right index finger to anchor on me all the time. Who am I? The J key. Because the right index finger is always anchored on the J key. Well you can get creative and say you’ll find me in an emergency room. Who am I? or what letter am I? The answer to that question is the letter X key, hint X ray. You’ll find in an emergency room. So those are just some examples of creating questions for keyboarding trivia.
You can have a lot of fun with these different variations as your students increase in skill. And again it creates a visual map of the keyboard for them in their minds which will help them when they actually get to their keyboarding lessons. So each week we field several questions from our user audience. I’m joined off camera today by my colleague Rennie Sullivan who will read our first question, Rennie.
Thanks Mike, Sahadat Bangadesh using typing.com says. “Hi Mike. I love typing and I have learned so many things from this website. I’ve finished all the lessons from easy to advanced but I want to speed up my capability a little bit more. In this regard, what is next for me? Can you advise please?”
Well first of all that’s a great question. You know you’ve finished all the lessons. You feel like you’re making great progress. The last thing you want to do is stop practicing. So there’s a few options for you here. Number one you can sign up for, because I see that are Typing.com user and on Edutyping if you sign up for a free trial, that will give you access to 30 days and Edutyping has a much more robust and enrichment style program where you literally will not run out of content to type. There are hundreds of in the news articles and practice library articles that we author and update on a regular basis. So that will give you a lot more practice.
The other thing I would recommend is if you’ve exhausted the online tools then a good option is to go to Amazon pick up a good keyboarding textbook. So this goes a little old school and it will finally be delivered to you either on a Kindle or you can order in print and then you just use a program like Google Docs or Microsoft Word and begin doing the lessons in a textbook. And that should give you more than enough. And once you really get a good work permit and accuracy achievement level somewhere and having no idea what your skill set is that can be anywhere from 40 words per minute to 80 words per minute. After that as long as you continue to practice keyboarding and you could do this just organically by everyday typing e-mails or school papers. You should really never lose that skill. The key is just making sure that you implement some type of keyboarding practice and your skills should stay home and shop for the rest of your life as long as you continue that. So thanks and that was a great question. Let’s take question number two this week Rennie.
Natalie Thornton using Typing.com, she asks “Is 80 WPM a good typing speed for a 14 year old?”
First of all Natalie that is fantastic for a 14 year old to take 80 words per minute. Think about that. That basically sets the clock from 1 to 60 and you are able to type more words in those 60 seconds than the number of seconds in a minute. So 80 words per minute is excellent for a 14 year old. And you can continue to increase that as long as you continue to practice.
The one thing that you left out of your question which I really want to see the detail on is what is your accuracy? If your accuracy is somewhere around 90 percent that sounds great because we think of a 90 as a really good score when it comes to grades on a test and it is, it’s an A minus and it’s excellent. The only problem here is that 90 percent as far as keyboarding goes it’s actually not too proficient because that means that 10 percent of the time you’re making mistakes and in the professional world as well as the academic world your teachers or employers are going to expect that things are submitted error free or at the very least only have one or two errors that for academic world. In the professional world like what I’m involved with my expectations from our employees is that everything comes in at 100 percent accuracy.
But hey I don’t want to be discouraging here 80 words per minute is fantastic, Keep up the good work Natalie, that’s a great example to strive for our students all around the country to achieve so great job and we have time for one more question today. So Rennie if you would please read our last #AskEdutyping question of the week.
Andrew Jones asks, “Why can’t I improve my typing speed anymore? I’m stuck at 70 words per minute”
First of all Andrew being stuck at 70 words per minute is not a bad thing so don’t get too discouraged. The other thing that I don’t know here is how many minutes you’re dedicating to keyboarding and typing every day. If it’s you know if you’re just typing once a week and you’re trying to get from 70 words per minute to a higher level do realize that you do need to put in the time to practice.
The other thing is when you first learn how to type and you’re in a good rhythm. You’ll notice that you can increase your words per minute almost daily., if not you know every week say from 25 or 30 minute 35 words per minute to 40 words per minute. But then as time goes on you’ll start to see that your skills start to get maximized and your progress will definitely begin to slow down. It’s kind of like if you’re familiar with people who go on diets and try to lose weight they have no problem losing weight or a significant amount of weight in the first month or two. But then they get closer to their goal things really slow down and it becomes more difficult. That same philosophy applies to keyboarding and typing skills. So put the time in practice every day but realize that incrementally as you get higher in words per minute you will definitely see a much slower progress but it’s nothing to be discouraged about.
And at some point you just cap out and your mind, your motor dexterity skills and coordination will only be able to achieve a certain height as far as words per minute goes and there’s nothing wrong with that as well. We all reach our maximum at some point in time and there’s nothing wrong with that. So keep up the good work. Practice practice practice every day and see that word per minute score go up incrementally as small as it may be it will still hopefully move up.
So that’s all we have time for this week folks. But please if we didn’t get your questions you can reach us through Facebook at #AskEdutyping as well as Twitter and on Instagram. Please visit our blog on Typing.com and Edutyping.com. It’s filled and packed with all kinds of great typing tips and techniques for both students and teachers alike. And you also can find copies of previous episodes of #AskEduTyping. So I look forward to seeing you next week everybody and keep up the good keyboarding teaching and learning. Take care everybody!