Abby Slutsky often plays typing games and takes an occasional online typing lesson to improve the accuracy and speed of her typing.
Have you ever wanted to increase your typing skills? Using your computer is a great way to make extra money. Whether you write, perform data-entry work, or take a job in another field that allows you to work remotely, it is likely that stellar typing skills will enhance your productivity or make you a more desirable employee.
If you are looking to apply for online work, brushing up on your typing skills could help you get a job. (In fact, some work-at-home employers may give you a typing test before they hire you.) Fortunately, there are plenty of free-to-use websites that can help you improve your typing. This article reviews some of the ones that I have used.
Typingtest.com has many features that can help improve your typing. Start off by choosing a typing test. You can select paragraphs, sentences or words to type during your test. It also allows you to select the time length of your typing test. This site offers a typing course, an area to practice tricky keys, and several games to help you improve your typing.
There are two racing games where you can win play money to buy boats and cars that speed along against other typers based on yout typing speed. At the end of each round, you will learn your typing speed and accuracy. The game graphics are cute, and you get a garage that stores the boats and cars you buy with the play money you win. I liked the games and test on this site, but I preferred a different site for actual typing lessons. However, the lessons here do get the job done.
The typing.com typing test makes a noise if you make an error. This is nice because it calls your attention to a mistake if you are one of those typists who looks at the keys.
The typing course offered by Typing.com improves your typing by teaching one or two letters at a time with various exercises to help you get comfortable using the keys. At the end of each typing exercise you will learn your accuracy and speed, receive a star, and have the opportunity to move on. In one of the early lessons, the typing program points out that the”f” and “j” keys have slight ridges making it easier to identify them for finger placement when you are not looking at the keyboard. I thought the typing lessons here were very helpful.
Typingclub.com lets you take a test to determine the particular typing lesson you should start with when you take their course. The typing test is a mixture of words, letter combinations, and numbers. If you do not score well in the beginning, the test will stop and tell you to start at the first lesson. When you take the lesson and type, the website simulates the sound of typing. Correct typing appears in green and mistakes appear in red. At the end of each lesson, the program tells you your speed and accuracy.
Typinggames.zone has a variety of fun games that can help you increase your words per minute and typing accuracy. Many of the games can be modified by level or adjusted to work on certain keys. Although the typing games are suitable for children, this website is a fun way for anyone to improve their skills. There are more than 115 typing games here that vary in difficulty.
The website indicates that playing their typing games will enhance "muscle memory, hand-eye coordination, spelling", and make students more marketable. Although I haven't tried to get a job, I have definitely noticed an improvement in some of the skills mentioned. My typing is faster, and I look at the keyboard a lot less frequently now that I have found this site.
You can search the typing games by category, and it is likely that playing these games will effortlessly improve your typing while you have fun. I have tried a few games, but I have not tried them all. I tried a racing game where you must type words in order to avoid a car crashing into you. I also played a game where you type letters and try to stack them on top of each other.
Typinggames.zone is one of my favorite websites for improving typing because some of the games are addictive, so you can lose track of time while you hone your typing skills. Some of the games are for multiple players; some are for individual players, and some are recommended for specific age groups. The diverse selection of typing games ensures almost everyone will find one that they like.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Abby Slutsky
Abby Slutsky (author) from America on August 30, 2020:
Thanks for reading.
Sp Greaney from Ireland on August 30, 2020:
I think this is a great way keep this skill up to date and being able to practice it on a website for free is even better.
Abby Slutsky (author) from America on August 29, 2020:
They are kind of fun. I play a typing game for about 10 minutes a day, and I feel like my speed and accuracy has improved dramatically without a lot of effort. It has actually made my writing faster too. Thanks for reading. You are probably a lot faster than me.
Denise McGill from Fresno CA on August 29, 2020:
I took typing in high school and in college. I thought they were incredibly boring classes but useful information and now I'm so glad I have that info. I don't have to use the "hunt and peck" method of typing as my husband does or the "two-finger" typing method. I don't even have to look at my fingers while I type. It is a blessing. Once you know it you know it. However, I wouldn't say that improving my speed wouldn't be a good thing so these sites are a great idea. I didn't know they existed. Thanks for the research.
Abby Slutsky (author) from America on August 29, 2020:
Thank you for reading.
Danny from India on August 29, 2020:
Very useful tips Abby. Thank for sharing.