Computers and cell phones have become an integrated tool in our professional and personal lives that the original methods of using pen and paper may not be so common anymore.
Although our old-school methods of note taking may not have entirely left us, technology is advancing with no intention of slowing down; iPads are moving into service industries, video calls are taking the place of in-person interviews, and store receipts are making their way into our email inbox – all of which requires the skill of typing.
According to Life Hack, learning a new skill does not have to be boring and never had to be. Thankfully, there are effective games and apps that can help you learn to type fast with swift precision and accuracy.
Some effective typing games and apps
Everyone learns at different speeds and uses various methods. While some work better under pressure and tight deadlines, others thrive when given ample amounts of time to learn and soak in the knowledge that is being provided. Despite the number of resources that are available in the hollow corners of the internet, it is all about finding one source that helps you learn at your fullest potential.
Whether you are a keyboard ninja or not, here are some effective typing games and apps that allow you to test your speed, accuracy, and maybe shoot some spaceships along the way.
Speed typing online
What is more fun than to type to the story of Alice in Wonderland or the lyrics to “Hey Jude”? Speed Typing Online is an online typing game that allows you to dive into the creative and familiar world of famous books, fables, songs, and even hone your skills in data entry.
The bright blue frame holds the text, which then turns green after punching in the accurate keystrokes. After the end of the personal timer, a statistics page appears to show you your typed words per minute, accuracy, correct and incorrect entries, and error rate.
This is another online platform suited for beginner typists looking for step-by-step lessons. Learning the keys on a keyboard can be confusing especially for those who are not as familiar or getting adjusted to typing on a computer keyboard.
Typing Trainer has a collection of step-by-step tutorials that covers everything from sentence drills, introduction to new keys as the lessons progress, and skills test.
The Typing Trainer specifically highlights unique features in each lesson including a warm-up section where the user begin to build muscle memory and learn to type without looking at the keyboard.
The website is also programed to identify difficulties the user is facing when typing specific words or sentences.
For professional writers and programmers
The Most Dangerous Writing App
Suitable for writers facing a creative block or on a tight-deadline, the Most Dangerous Writing App is a website that forces your fingers to type as quickly as your ideas.
If you stop longer than five seconds, everything you had written will slowly disappear from the screen.
Sessions are timed from three minutes to 20 minutes, or can go from 75 to 1667 words. This online app is perfect to brain dump ideas, write a chapter of a manuscript you have been stuck on, or help with procrastination.
If you are up to the challenge, try the hardcore mode – an alternative option where a single letter appears on the screen at a time. This level prevents you from seeing the entire word, sentences, or even correct any spelling or grammatical mistakes until the timer is complete.
If you are wondering, copying and pasting is not an option until the end of each session.
The Typing Cat
Looking to upgrade your typing skills? Also working as a personal tutor, the Typing Cat has a list of regular typing courses with the option to try other lessons with more complexity such as HTML. Learning to type code is another valulable skillset worth adding.
Even with disregarded interest in the coding world, using the code course enhances your typing skills and allows your fingers to familiarise itself with uncommon word combinations and placement of punctuations on a keyboard.
The coding course can be difficult even for typing whizzes, but it is all a part of muscle memory.
According Psychology Today, only a handful of people actually learn how to type by looking at an actual keyboard, while a majority of the population locate specific keys intuitively through muscle memory.
Available courses include EcmaScript 6, HTML 5, and CSS 3.
Fun typing game
ZType — Space invaders meet webster
Remember playing the iconic 70’s game that allowed you to shoot tiny purple and green aliens from one end of the screen to the other with a two-bullet laser? It is hard to believe that Space Invaders just turned 40 , but you can still get the same adrenaline rush with ZType, a typing game with the same shooting concept.
Ztype works in waves – stages that must be cleared but instead of aliens, you must type out the words before the missiles destroy your ship at the bottom of the screen. Every so often, longer and more complex words would appear and if the words are not typed in the allotted time, a series of letters will disperse like missles.
The game is quick on the fingers and will still have your heart pumping until the very end.
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