Stuck at 30wpm and 85% Accuracy

By dylantypes - updated: 3 weeks, 6 days ago - 21 messages

HI everyone! Stumbled upon this great community after becoming despondent using Typesy for over 2 months and seeing no progress. Like none whatsoever. I've been stuck at roughly 30wpm (sometimes a bit faster, sometimes a bit slower) and roughly 80 - 90% accuracy. I know it's not a skill I'm going to learn straight away but I play (and teach piano) to a high level and thought I would make progress quicker than this! I've tried slowing down to focus on accuracy, not looking at my hands etc but nothing seems to help! I'm currently practising at least half an hour a day (sometimes longer) and not getting any better. Please help as it's really starting to dent my confidence! Especially after reading articles about some folk who've learned to touch type in 4 days!?! Am I the only one stuck on both speed and accuracy?!
By zorates17 - posted: 3 months, 4 weeks ago

I improved from 40 wpm to about 60 wpm in a week and a half, and now I've managed to switch to the DVORAK keyboard layout in an attempt to further increase my speed. I can't say if it will help you, but what I did was not worry too much about not looking at the keyboard. Instead, I focussed on keeping my hand position as consistent as possible. This allowed me to develop muscle memory. The other important thing I learned is not to get too frustrated. While I was practicing, there was a period when my accuracy suddenly dropped and I started doing much worse for no reason at all, my hand position was all messed up, etc. I just took a break and relaxed. And I just got over it.

Focus much more on accuracy (85% is not nearly enough) and make sure you type with a consistent hand position and allow yourself to properly develop your natural typing position. Not sure if this helped, but good luck on your typing journey!
By beanalog - posted: 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Accuracy is what gets your speed up; and the reason is: backspacing kills time, and it kills flow. Slow right the hell down, focus on words - not letters - and focus on 100% accuracy. You won't get there but your speed will go up even so because you will have diminished those deadly backspaces.
By dylantypes - posted: 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks! I think you may have a point about a consistent hand position - plus every time I move away to delete something it takes my hand too much time to reset back to normal. I'll try looking at my hands more and not worry about looking straight ahead and see what happens. Thanks again!
By dylantypes - posted: 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks! I'll give the word thing a try - I think you mean typing in blocks rather than in single letters? Will see what I can do with that!
By joshlachapelle - posted: 3 months, 2 weeks ago

You can find Key hiders online as well. Try these exercises with the key covers and focus on home row typing. This will force you to use muscle memory. It is VERY frustrating at first, but when I started I was two finger typing around 20 wpm (I just hand wrote everything instead) and now am typing just around 65-70 WPM with 90+ accuracy.
By mdizzy - posted: 3 months, 2 weeks ago

As a musician you have a big advantage. You know what it takes to train your fingers to do things effortlessly.

Now apply those techniques to typing. Type slow. As slow as it takes to not make a mistake. Focus on proper form. One suggestion that helped me out is type on a rhythm, slowly and without skipping a beat. You might feel tempted to speed up but focus on form (like practicing scales and arpeggios). Focusing on accuracy will bring the speed.

Also don't race. You know what's comfortable for you to type accurately. You can sense it as you type. You'll be tempted to push yourself just a little bit, but it will come naturally. As you get comfortable at one speed, you'll gradually feel your fingers moving more nimbly for the next level.
By dylantypes - posted: 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks! I'll keep trying but if you look at my profile I still seem to be stuck! Always seem to make mistakes even if I look at the keyboard - mastering Eb minor scale is much easier than learning to touch type!
By mdizzy - posted: 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Have you done the typing lessons? https://www.keyhe...

It seems like your problem is memory of the keyboard...work through the drills. Then practice to improve speed and accuracy.
By dylantypes - posted: 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the reply. I've tried the lessons a few times but weirdly my typing speed on them sits stubbornly around the 20 wpm mark!
By mdizzy - posted: 3 months, 2 weeks ago

You know I went through a few of the lessons. They're not sequenced well. But they do have "custom" lessons that you can build for practice.

I can create a sequence that you can use for practice.

Basically you want to learn asdf jkl; and just intrinsically be able to rattle those keys off without effort. Then we can add in additional keys
By peggyrwa - posted: 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Take your time, it took me years to get to where I am now! Also, one thing to improve first is accuracy. Try to get 100% accuracy every time you take a typing test, and then the speed will follow with it. Good luck!
By dylantypes - posted: 3 months, 1 week ago

Thanks for the offer! I think the sequencing isn't the problem, more my memory of where the keys are and especially returning to them after moving to hit the backspace key tends to disrupt my fingers sense of layout. I'll try alternating between the lessons and the tests (and maybe return to using a bit of Typesy to supplement everything.)
By nan0s7 - posted: 3 months ago

I'm going to assume that you're typing on the QWERTY key layout. And it doesn't sound like you're a 100% touch typer.

Before I give some advice, I am also a Piano player. While I was typing with the QWERTY layout (as I had been my whole life) I could get up to 80 WPM if I tried hard enough. Now I've made the full-time switch to the Colemak layout and averaging around the 55-60 WPM mark after only a few weeks of practice.

I suggest to, as others have mentioned, focus on accuracy and "muscle-memory" first. Learn to be able to type whatever you want with your eyes closed and know what keys you are actually pressing. If this is too difficult to achieve in the QWERTY layout I'd say give something like Dvorak or Colemak a try. They allow your hands to remain on the home-row of the keyboard as much as possible, and hence reduce hand straining and movement, and therefore improving accuracy overall. But you have to be committed to the new layout - if you keep switching back and forth you will probably type worse than before!

Also, take it slow. Everyone learns at different speeds as I'm sure you know. Once you get accuracy to the high 90's you can take small steps to push your speed - personally I've been trying to get an average of ~2-5 WPM per week more than the last. As soon as you see yourself improve even the slightest bit, take a break for a few hours. You'll find that if you let your mind catch up with your fingers you'll have a more pleasant learning experience, and you don't want to be put off because as soon as you beat your current WPM average, you likely won't beat it again in a short amount of time.

I'd also make sure to use more than just one site for practicing. I have been using a mix of the following: the typing cat, 10 fast fingers, typeracer, this site obviously and just messaging to friends on Facebook provided enough variety for me to get comfortable.

I hope anything I have said is somewhat helpful to you, and I wish you the best of luck on your typing journey!! :D
By dylantypes - posted: 3 months ago

Thanks for the input. I was making some progress but have since changed my way of learning and decided not to look at the keyboard at all! It's taken me right back to my old statistics (and taken me ages to type this message!) but think that must be the way forward. Typesey is what I'm using to supplement my practise on this site and I think I'll just start writing my book (the whole reason I'm learning to touch type in the first place) to add additional practise. Thank you for your wishes on my typing journey - I've got a feeling I'll need it! ;)
By rtao - posted: 3 months ago

I'm switching to Dvorak, too. My Qwerty speed was ~100 wpm on good days, and now I'm at 41-42 wpm. :(
By user389149 - posted: 2 months ago

dylantypes, I appreciate your question and your honest. I use to play early baroque music on a block flute, plus 20 years for classic guitar. And my the best - 50 wpm with 97% accuracy. The short answer is:

Your typing skills should be below average if yours hands could do much more than average people. Just because small neuron network works faster and more accurate. Brain is not to big for multi professionals. In any words: your fingers trained so much for playing on piano and new skills constantly dissolves when you play piano after type training...

The same situation when we change keyboard layouts...
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By dylantypes - posted: 2 months ago

That's a good point! But, like some skills, I thought parts of it might be transferable; mainly my dexterity of fingers such as the pinkie. I am starting to make progress - one of the best tips I found is to type the alphabet over and over. Forwards and backwards. Also, I'm alternating between looking at keyboard and not looking (which is why my scores are all over the place!) It's just taking a lot longer than I hoped it would have!
By xyloswagg96 - posted: 4 weeks, 1 day ago

half an hour a day is good, but if you want to make progress faster than what you are making I would suggest you to practice more. The way I like to do it is to just have a chunk of time when I am not doing school work and just listen to a podcast or music and just type. I could do this for hours on end. You are at the stage where you do not have the muscle memory. Once you get to around the 60 I would suggest you to slow down. Which is counter intuitive but it will help your accuracy. and the more accurate the more time you save from pressing the backspace button.
By anthonyhtyper - posted: 4 weeks ago

@dylantypes

Here is a tip: Try typing at a speed you are comfortable with, focus on accuracy and do not pause. Overtime, this will become a habit and your speed will increase. I was stuck at 40 WPM for a long time, then I started working on accuracy. Now in 6 days, I have been able to boost my WPM to an average of 60-70 WPM. Also, I am a piano player too, typing is just like playing the piano, imagine you are playing the piano at a piano recital, you are playing a very hard piece that you didn't practice at all. Try not to mess up.
By dylantypes - posted: 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Hi there, thanks for the advice, sometimes it does get a little more than an hour but still no movement on speed or accuracy. My score goes up and down mainly based on how long or short the quote is (longer quotes definitely ruin my score!) As for slowing down at 60 - if only I could get up to that speed!
By dylantypes - posted: 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Thanks for the advice. I've been trying to approach the whole thing as a piece of music but think I need a new approach. I've tried typing to a slow metronome but the accuracy still doesn't improve. Think its the accuracy that's the factor holding me back at the moment.