I can count on one hand– five fingers– the number of high school courses which were most influential and beneficial in getting me into adulthood. Computer class, obviously. English, especially the writing classes. Math; all of them from algebra to trig. Physics, which helped me learn the scientific method. And… wait for it… typing. Yes. That typing.
No one would mistake my performance in typing class as anything but average, and barely that. I type too slowly, I watched the keyboard while I typed, but my spelling was decent. What happened over the years was a cohesion of thinking and writing at roughly the same speed. Now I can type what I’m thinking at the moment; still slowly enough that I can check onscreen to see if I agree with what I just typed.
Mac users who want to become more productive need to know how to type; faster and more accurate, and for that there’s a need to practice. TypeDrill is an inexpensive Mac app that helps you improve your typing skills, but it assumes you already know how to type; or, at least, know where your fingers belong on the keyboard.
Start down the road to more efficient and accurate typing by practicing the built-in practice sessions in TypeDrill.
As they say, practice makes perfect, but they also say performance measured is performance improved so TypeDrill captures your keystroke count and spelling and gives you the results.
The built-in lessons are more than enough to improve your typing speed and accuracy, and the different categories make what you learn more useful than typing the same things over and over again.
- Basic Characters
- Random Characters
- Simple Words
- Useful Words
- Random Words
- Advanced Words
- Words and Punctuation
- Special Characters
- Advanced Characters
- Idioms and Proverbs
- Numbers and HTML
Lessons from all those categories combine to improve your typing skill; increase the number of words typed per minute and improve the accuracy.
What’s not to like? The price is right. The lessons are simple but useful to improve skill. It works with any Mac keyboard layout (try Dvorak; go one, I dare you). Create your own lessons. Export and share those lessons with others. View statistics over time to see how you’ve advanced your skills.
What if you’re a two-finger typist? What if you just can’t get the other eight fingers to do what you want? The same app developer has an app for beginners called Touch Typing