To use our online typing tutor, you don't have to read these instructions first. However, many users have asked us how to use it optimally in order to learn typing as efficiently as possible. In this guide we will therefore give you some tips and best practices.
We offer a variety of different typing lessons, which are suitable for you, regardless of your current typing skills.
If you have not yet typed with all 10 fingers, you should first limit yourself to typing lessons for the starting position and basic row. In these exercises you don't have to move your fingers much and can get used to press the keys with each of your fingers.
When you feel comfortable with typing using all your fingers you should start exercises with other keyboard rows and practice the finger movements. Always make sure that your hands remain relaxed in the starting position and do not cramp when you press a key.
Beginners, for whom the use of all 10 fingers is still very unusual, we recommend to start with the warm-up exercises. Here the key combinations are not yet so demanding and you get a feeling for the finger position, the key positions and the typing movements.
If you are already a bit more confident and want to learn to type quickly, you should concentrate on the learning exercises and go through them in order. Starting from the basic row, you learn new keys step by step using real words and are not directly overwhelmed with a multitude of keys at the beginning.
The finger exercises consist of more sophisticated key combinations with which you can train and further develop your typing skills. The hand exercises are structured in the same way as the finger exercises. They are the best choice if you want to focus on a weaker hand.
In addition to the learning lessons, advanced users should also spend time typing the word and practice exercises. They offer you variety and specifically train frequently used words. And don't forget: As a registered user you can also create your own typing lessons, which you can optimally tailor to your requirements.
This decision depends on your training goals. For example, if you plan on typing safely at 50 words per minute, you should repeatedly exceed 50 words in an exercise before starting a new exercise.
Note, however, that the exercise time also plays a role. If you manage 50 words per minute during a one-minute typing practice, this does not necessarily mean that you can keep up this performance even during a five-minute typing practice. If you reach your goal with short typing units, increase the exercise time before you move on to the next typing lesson.
The typing lessons overview shows you how many different characters are used in the exercise text. The more characters used, the more challenging the practice is.
How much time you should spend with your typing practice is difficult to generalize. It depends on how fast you can type at the moment, what your goal is, how fast you want to progress and how much time you have available to learn to type.
So unless you're in a hurry, it's no problem if you're only doing short exercises. The only important thing is that you should practice regularly and stay tuned for the long term. It is best to plan regular exercise times in your everyday life, e.g. daily 15 minutes or min. 1 hour per week.
You can check your daily practice times and your progress at any time in the statistics.
As already mentioned, one of the most important points to become really good in typing is your personal stamina. As with most activities that we first have to learn, the initial motivation is usually high, but often tips over after a certain time if there are not enough successes quickly.
Even if other providers like to advertise that they could teach you typing in one day - our brain needs time to learn the key positions and movement sequences and needs relaxation phases in order to store them in the subconscious.
This is exactly what our user statistics show: Many users abandon their undertaking after a short time. But if you stay on top of it for a long time, you will get better and better over time and will be able to type much faster than before:
The periods of time given here are only examples to illustrate that a little more time should be planned for learning to type fast. The actual duration strongly depends on your daily training time and other factors.
As soon as you have mastered typing with 10 fingers to some extent, you should - as far as possible - apply it consistently in everyday life and not fall back into your old typing technique.
As soon as you use it for your daily paperwork, the time required for this work will increase, but you will also automatically increase your practice time significantly and get used to the new technique much faster.
The question of what typing speed you should achieve is also very individual: Do you just want to improve your typing skills a little, or do you want to become a professional? Do you work many hours a day on the computer, or only occasionally?
Our recommendation: Do our typing test to determine your current typing speed. Then set realistic targets for how fast you want to type and how much time you can spend on practice typing, and keep adapting this target to your progress.
And the most important basic rule: Don't try to type as quickly as possible right from the start, but try to type as accurate and error-free as possible. The speed comes automatically as soon as the key positions have internalized.
This rating scale helps you to better assess your skills. For example, if you want to achieve a very good typing speed, you should be able to type all exercises with at least 40 words per minute and achieve this value in your overall statistics.
|words per minute||rating *|
|0 - 4||novice|
|4 - 10||slow|
|10 - 20||satisfiable|
|20 - 40||good|
|40 - 60||very good|
|60 - 100||excellent|
|100 - 160||unbeatable|
* The question of which typing speed is to be evaluated how can vary depending on the work and task area. Our scale serves only as a rough guide.
The overall statistics also include all older exercise results, which means that your progress is not as quickly noticeable as in the individual exercise results. But it's the best way to see if your increased typing speed has really consolidated.
Our typing practice will show you an "virtual" keyboard under the exercise texts. This supports you in typing characters without having to look away from the screen. Thus you are able to type faster from the beginning and can easier remember the positions of the characters.
If your typing skills are already advanced, you can adjust the keyboard display to further enhance the learning effect.
Remember that it is first a question of accurate typing and only then of typing speed. This is because the subsequent correction of errors takes a lot of time under real conditions. So try to make as few typos as possible from the beginning.
If you type the wrong key during an exercise, exactly one error is noted and the recording is stopped until you press the correct key. This means that it will not register multiple typos if you notice the error after a delay.
You can adjust the behavior of your typing practice by different settings. You can find the settings to the right of the exercises in the sidebar or under "settings" in your user account.
To find out what the different settings exactly do, go to the settings page in your user account and move the mouse over the question mark to the right of the setting.
Settings can only be adjusted if no exercise is running. To cancel a running typing lesson, click on the white area in which the exercise text is displayed and then on "cancel".
The statistics show you detailed information about the exercises you have completed so far. You can use these to practice typing in an even more targeted way.
The overview at the top of the page shows your average typing speed and error rate, as well as your total exercise time spent so far. These values are the best way to see your long-term progress.
The "exercises" tab shows the results of your last exercises. Here you can see how your typing skills have developed at short notice and whether, for example, you are making progress in a special typing lesson.
The "progress" tab shows your daily results (words per minute and error rate) as well as the time you spent on your typing practice. Here you can easily see your medium-term progress and, for example, check whether you are keeping to your intended exercise time.
The "error" tab shows all the characters you typed incorrectly. For example, you can recognize which characters you mistype most often in order to train them specifically.
To access your exercise results from anywhere, you should create an user account at TypingAcademy. The local exercise results are only available from one browser at a time.
Now you know how to practice optimally with our typing tutor. Why not start a typing exercise right away and try it out for free.