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Reasons Why to Improve Typing Skills

Updated on November 23, 2016
Best Way to Improve Typing Speed
Best Way to Improve Typing Speed

Best Way to Improve Typing Speed

Some people don't believe that they will ever need to learn typing skills. The truth is many jobs require typing skills of at least 20 words per minute. There are Forklift driver positions that require employees to know a little typing. There are people that learn how to type in: grammar school, college, vocational school, at home, and online. Wherever you learn to type, just know that practice-makes-perfect.

Your typing speed can only get higher when practicing daily and being consistent. When anyone wants to be the best at something, they keep doing it until they master it (consistency). There are typing books at your local library that are for: beginners, intermediate, and novice levels of typing. Also it's a good idea to buy typing books online if you want to actually own one at: eBay or Amazon.

But first you would need a personal typewriter or computer when learning to type daily. Some people young and older can learn there typing skills at their local libraries. When checking your typing speed you can use an alarm clock on your cell phone. Set your cell phone alarm to 1 minute; after the 1 minute has ended begin counting each word that you've typed to get a total. This is how you know the "words you type per minute." The abbreviation for "words per minute" is wpm.

The more you type on your computer or typewriter; you will notice your typing speed improving. When placing your fingers on the keyboard keys you will use all your fingers, and your thumbs will be for the space-bar at the bottom. Some people type with just their index-finger and they are comfortable with that, but people that want to learn how to type better this article is for you.

Your home-keys on the keyboard are the letters: a,s,d,f, (left hand) and j,k,l,; (right hand).

Reasons to Learn How to Type

The reasons for learning to have typing skills are: being a student, employment, personal use, business use, etc. There are online typing games that can help with your typing speed. The online typing games are fun and you might forget your learning to type.

I learned the basics of typing in high school, there was typing 1 and typing 2 classes. At the beginning of the typing class semester the whole class wanted to begin typing fast, but our Instructor said we have to learn the very basics of typing before going into the speed of it. Then I got an electronic typewriter for Christmas; it was like a new toy to me. I was typing on my new typewriter nearly every day. I also increased my typing speed by purchasing a Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing CD for my computer, this is one of the best ways to increase your typing speed. And I've had a few jobs that required typing skills in their job descriptions. Now I use my typing skills to write articles online, it's one of the hobbies I like to do. If you would like writing articles online your welcomed to join us - Write for revenue with Hubpages.

Most of the online typing sites records your typing speed for you. Sense technology is growing every day, there is no option that a person has to learn typing, it a priority.

Job position that may require typing skills

  1. Data Entry
  2. Office Assistant
  3. Secretary
  4. Administrative Assistant
  5. Medical Assistant
  6. Dental Assistant
  7. Warehouse Worker
  8. Receptionist
  9. Librarian
  10. Insurance Agent
  11. and others

All age groups of people learn typing skills; and men type more often today than in past times.

Typing Speed Poll

What's your approximate typing speed?

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    • RonElFran profile image

      Ronald E Franklin 

      5 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I've always said that one of the best things that happened in my schooling was learning to type in 8th or 9th grade. That was especially true in helping me get through college. But even now, I consider it a great blessing that I don't have to really think about the process of getting words on paper as I write - I can just let them flow from my mind to my fingers. Thanks for encouraging people to learn a very valuable skill.

    • Ann810 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi Dreamer, If we can type faster than we can hand-write it's beneficial to learn to type and increase our typing speed. Thanks for commenting, I look forward to reading a few of your articles.

    • DreamerMeg profile image


      5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      They didn't teach typing to girls in the school I attended and many people told me at the time, "don't learn typing, you will end up being a typist"! Then computers came along and everybody wanted to learn the keyboard. I started out learning what was called "touch typing" on the old BBC computer, before MS DOS and Windows came along and managed 11 words a minute! I still do the old "look at the keyboard and type" method but can type faster than I can hand write.

    • Ann810 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi Point2make, thanks for your interest in this article. Your right, learning to type makes it easier to use a computer.

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      5 years ago

      I was forced to learn to type forty years ago and I remember thinking, at the time, how much a waste of time and effort typing is for a man in the working environment I was about to enter. Thankfully I was totally wrong and I am so grateful for my typing teachers in school. Today I can still type 60 words a minute and that skill certainly made learning how to use a computer much easier. Good hub...voted up.


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