How to type faster - 150+ wpm average
By geoffhuang - updated: 2 months, 3 weeks ago - 9 messages
Hello guys, I just recently stumbled on this awesome site and noticed there isn't very much advice for more advanced typers posted on here, so I thought I would offer you guys some of my own.
Here is how I went from 110 wpm to 150+ wpm:
1. Make sure you can type the weird symbols like hyphen, quotation marks, exclamation points, parentheses, and numbers. Most people ignore these, but these things are crucial in improving overall typing speed because they appear so often, and it is possible to type quotes that contain these weird characters just as fast as quotes that don't have them.
2. Make sure your fingering is logical. I know that when I first started typing, I had some pretty unorthodox fingerings that I never bothered to fix (things like thumb on shift and middle finger on exclamation point). Shifting your entire hand to accommodate for these fingerings will slow you down a lot in the long run, especially if you want to hit 150+ words per minute. Make sure you correct these bad habits asap. Remember: practice doesn't make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. If you continue to practice with these bad fingerings, you are just reinforcing bad habits.
3. You need to slow down in order to speed up: If you do not have 1 and 2 down, make sure you slow down when practicing these things. Don't skip quotes that will slow you down because they contain weird characters. Force yourself to type these as fast as you can and with appropriate fingering.
4. Custom fingering. This tip is for more advanced typers. There are certain things you can do to improve your typing even further. For example, a lot of times, when there are passages where you are typing predominantly with your left hand, you can type the y's with your right hand instead. The opposite is true as well: sometimes when you are typing a lot with your right hand, you can use your left hand to type the b's. There might be other things you can do, but keep in mind that even the fastest typers in the world don't have the same fingering patterns when it comes to certain characters or words. I know that Sean Wrona, arguably the fastest typer in the world right now, uses caps lock instead of shift in a lot of cases. Personally, I don't do that, but just play around and come up with your own methods to increase your typing speed. It doesn't have to match what others do as long as it works for you.