Have you ever taken typing classes?

@hdjohnson (2981)
United States
November 12, 2008 8:21am CST
I took typing classes in school. I know practically every key that I'm supposed to touch and with which finger that is supposed to touch it as well. I do have a handicap with using the Shift key though. I tend to use my left "shift" key as the primary shift key when typing. So sometimes although my brain has sent the correct signals to the rest of my fingers and I'm actually spelling words correctly. I accidentally end up with two Capital letters in a word back to back. All because I didn't let go of the shift key soon enough. It is a very rare occurrence, but I do notice it. The shift key that I normally use is the left shift key, using my left pinky finger, and the funniest part is I'm right handed! Are there any professional typists out there on mylot, or are you a seek and find key person?
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@dana820 (277)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
Yes, I did - two classes, actually. One was in high school (part of home ec, I think). We used the old typewriter back then and I remember that we taped a piece of paper over the keys for a test once. That was interesting. And the other class was in university (I believe the subject was "word processing"). I actually touch-type where you rest your pointer fingers on the "F" and "J" keys -- you'll notice that that's why these keys have those indents on them on a QWERTY keyboard. Everything's pretty much muscle-memory now, like you don't really think about where a key is -- your fingers just know where to go, in my case. :) Oh, did I mention that I also transcribe audio, part-time? Well, I do and I guess those typing classes did come through for me... and I'm working at home doing exactly that - among other things, of course. :D
@suzzy3 (8397)
14 Nov 08
I did not learn to type at college or school, I learnt from a Mavis Beacon computer disc , I quite enjoyed doing it and have found typing a wonderful thing to be able to do, this would take forever and I would learn a dollar a year if I had not.I did the course two years ago and loved every minute,Like I say it is a real talent and I am glad I learn't.
@liquorice (3902)
20 Nov 08
I took a typing course the summer after I left school. My mum was convinced that it was a useful skill for me to have for any job that I did in the future. This was before the times when computers were everywhere, but how right she was! There aren't many jobs today that don't require you to know how to use a computer, so I'm really grateful to her! Because of this good start, and the fact that I'm always at my computer (myLot has definitely improved my typing!) I'm quite fast, and my fingers more or less know which keys they should all be pressing. Although I do sometimes use unexpected fingers to press the number keys - I've had a bit of a memory lapse over which numbers go with which fingers, lol!
@chinna533 (309)
• India
13 Nov 08
i have gone to typing institute when i completed my metric exams but its of no use just gone for 10 -days with half an hour a day after that i have stopped going and iam on my way to college again. After when i owned my pc it have became perfect to me now in typing . now i can type 50-60 words per minute.. thats quite enough ...... Happy mylotting. have a nice day my dear friend:)
@nadooa247 (1097)
• United States
13 Nov 08
in high school i took (rather more as a requirement than actually selecting it) a typing class... but i can only say i usually would have considered it WOW if i remembered the home keys lol... asdf jkl; you know the home keys that middle row of keys on the keyboard was the only thing i got out of it. and started to forget it to. Now i type without looking at the keyboard i could type in the dark and i'd be absolutely fine lol... i just feel for that groove on the j and f keys to line up my fingers properly. I got better by whether people like to hear it or not by chatting with friends and family about anything. I feel that when you WANT to type something rather than be told by some program or book what to type you start to remember the keys by touch. Like how if you have the lights off in a room and could go in absolute darkness and pick up that small side table and move it out of your way because you just KNOW the room. I now KNOW the keyboard but tell me which finger i used to type a certain letter without my fingers being on the keyboard i'd have great difficulty and perhaps wouldnt be even able to tell you lol. I alternate between shift keys ;) But it depends... i usually find myself going for the right key because it is wider than the other one on my keyboard... so it's easier to tap while typing =)
@iskayz (5423)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
keyboard - a computer keyboard
Hi there! I am not a professional typist but I love to type! I don't know. I don't consider it a hobby but I just love doing work which involves typing. And that's one reason why I love to be here in mylot. I get to type all the time hehe. I did had tying lessons at school when I was in college. But it was just an elective so we never had a full session on it. Just the basic typing and like you I also know what finger to use for every key and I can type even without looking at the keyboards too. But funny still up to now I don't know my typing speed. Ciao!
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
I never took typing classes. I type improperly using only two or three fingers haha. It's ugly, but that's the way I type. And I type quick enough so whoever is looking over my shoulder won't notice that I type incorrectly. :)I also cannot really look at the screen when typing. I need to keep my eyes on the keyboard and then check the screen after a while. I don't feel bad about it though, as long as I can get the job done I'm great.
@subha12 (18462)
• India
13 Nov 08
no never i have taken. I actually did not get any significant time of doing thsi lesson. it was college, computer class etc for me.
@icegermany (2524)
• India
13 Nov 08
no i have never gone to a typing class, i know most of the students join their typing classes in their high school but i havent gone and somehow it was not usefull for me as i had my professional education and i never required any typing and now i feel that it is a time of computers and all the students would like to join the computer courses as it is more usefull now. world changes according to technology and needs of human isnt it ? so i am not a professsional typist and i just write basically how we usually do it.
• India
13 Nov 08
Oh yes I did take typing lessons when i was in college. I just took it on as an added qualification. That was way back in teh era of the typewriters in 1971-72. They made such a racket with 20 people typing away at breakneck speed. There was no undo or delete or such things.A mistake meant that you had to re type the whole page. There was no save and reprint any number of copies. Had to make carbon copies. At times i made upto 4 carbon copies. The last copy seldome could be read unless it was a new carbon. I would go every evening for the typing classes for an hour and started off with asdfgf;lkjhj. It was fun then. now it is a distant past.
@silverpen (125)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
I have a 2 typing class subject during college at first I find it so tough, by after completion the course I was able to memorize the keys. The technique is just to fixed your fingers to the guide, its in the "F" and "J", of course as have been thought each finger has an assigned letters, just memorize it.
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I took typing classes several times in school only because they were required. I started learning to type when I was 6 years old on an old XT with a wonderful DOS program. I loved to type and did it on my own, for fun! Yes I was a crazy kid apparently. The only thing I really do "wrong" is that instead of hitting the space bar with my right thumb if the next key will be with a left finger, I always use my left thumb for the space bar. I can't break that habit, I've been typing like that for too long. But it doesn't slow me down, I type 135 words per minute. Not only can I type on a traditional QWERTY keyboard, but I also type with a Dvorak keyboard (the keys are in spots so that you're fingers are over the letters you are most likely using the most frequently). I don't look at the keys for either one, but it does take me about 5 seconds to switch from one keyboard to another (if I just sit down at either one, I am fine... but if I go directly from a Dvorak to a QWERTY layout, my brain gets confused for about 5 seconds and then realizes it's the other layout. I didn't learn Dvorak right from the start, I've only learned it within the last 5 years. I've found I can type forever in Dvorak and I can type much faster. I hit the 135 wpm with a QWERTY keyboard. I haven't taken a typing test in Dvorak, but I'm sure it's at least a bit faster... it certainly seems faster because with a Dvorak keyboard I can type at the speed of the average person speaking.
@Nhey16 (2519)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
i have taken typing classes, since it was part of our curriculum... but every now and then i still do a lot of mistakes in typing ... :)
@alyssa_c (440)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
The formal typing classes that I had was during high school, junior level I think that was. It wasn't really that hard for me too because when I was much younger my father would encourage me to play typing games on our computer. Right now I practice my skills, and kill time, by playing typershark. I average 45-50 wpm...But I think that's because I look at the keyboard when I type, not at the screen which is the proper way to do it hehe well, whatever works =)
@csx236 (9)
• China
13 Nov 08
wow.great..
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
Me, I don't take any typing lessons. And badly I type slow. Before I really type really slow. It is funny because I almost look at the keyboard when I type because I can't memorize the location of the letters and numbers or the keys. It is hard because when I'm in the class I need to type fast so I can finished my projects on time. So I decided to study on my own. I memorize the letters and its positioning on my fingers. Luckily now, my typing speed somewhat become faster. And also I join typeracer.com for typing contest. At least I can track my speed and at the same time enjoying the competition with other typist while I am having my typing practice.
@maroseqf (3657)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
Yes, I have taken two different typing classes, one when I was in 4th year High School and the other one was when I was in 1st year College. These two subjects are included in our curriculum so we had no choice but to take it. Anyway, the one in 4th year was with the use of the conventional manual typewriter. We needed harder strokes on the keys then. The one in College was computer typing. We learned to type faster by placing our fingers on the right position and memorizing the keyboard keys - letters, numbers and symbols. I believe that those lessons helped me to be better and efficient typer.
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
13 Nov 08
no, i never took typing in school. when i got my computer i had to teach myself to type. wasn't that easy, still make alot of mistakes. lol
@kyliexo (71)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I had to take typing in 7th grade and then again in 9th grade, I think almost everyone had to take it. I've been using a computer since I was 12 so it came pretty easily to me, except I have definitely lost a lot on posture and not resting my wrists. I definitely find it easier to type quickly while my fingers are on home row, though. Pretty sure I'll have carpal tunnel by the time I'm 30 :S haha.
@mayhem23 (185)
• Canada
13 Nov 08
Yes, I have taken typing classes twice in my life. Once when I was in elementary school my parents sent me to a special after school hours class. I learned the basic keyboard functions and the basic typing framework and finger placing. When I was in highschool, I took a required typing class where I was shown advanced functions and taught how to type fast with shortcuts. We basically typed for an hour straight everyday and by the end of it, I was typing without looking at the keyboard. It was very helpful, and I would recommend a typing class to anyone that wants to improve. Just stick with it, and you will see results!
• Indonesia
13 Nov 08
im not a very professional typist lol but i do can type fast n accurate lol..i never take a typing classes, i was just practising for a typing game or a typing tutorial software. i dont wanna spend my money to take a typing class, at least not now. the important thing is i do can type fast n accurate n its only need a practising n a good sense of feeling 4 me lol..