#1. Play typing games on the web: Typing games such as this one can be played for free on the web. The typing games are not only addictive but also significantly improve your typing skills and speed.
#2. Learn the correct positions of the fingers on a keyboard. The fingers of the left hand should be places on the keys A, S, D, F while the fingers of the right hand should be placed on J, K, L and the ; (Semicolon) key. Your thumbs should be slightly in air or nearer to the spacebar key.
#3. Make yourself comfortable with the number pad and the special characters: This comes with practice. The more practice you do the more familiar one will become with special characters on the keyboard.
#4. Try not to look down when typing.
#5. Learn to ultimately do typing without doing thinking. Typing should be done subconsciously.
#6. Avoid the Caps Lock Mistake. Everyone does this once in a while. The Caps Lock mistake usually results in something which lOOKS lIKE tHIS. If you follow point #4then you can definitely avoid this.
#7. If you are serious about typing then join a transcription college.
#8. Focus on speed when writing emails.
#9. Hard Strength Training: Transcribe a 1 hour audio recording from any recorded speech (lecture, seminar, conference call etc).
#10. Sit in correct position. Hands and forearms should be parallel to the keyboard surface. Spine should be erect. Neck should be straight and erect as well.
#11. Don’t put the keyboard or your laptop on an incline.
#12. Try not to lift fingers too much when typing.
#13. There should be minimum movement of fingers between each key. Take the shortest possible path for fastest typing.
#14. Identify on which words you are making mistakes. Repeat type the same word several times.
#15. Live Transcription: Ask your friend to say something and transcribe what they are saying live without taking a pause. This is also known as Live Transcription.
#16. Make yourself aware of the most frequently used shortcuts. For example, shift key+ number keys for typing special characters such as '@' or '#'. You'll be using these special characters and a few more the most often.
#17. Do wrist rotation exercises for a couple of minutes once every hour. This relaxes the tension in wrist and helps in preventing Carpal Tunnel.
#18. Do not type more than 1 hour continuously on the keyboard.
#19. Take part in a typing competition with your friends.
#20. Learn the mini dictionary. It not only increases your vocabulary but makes improves typing speed when typing and less frequently typed difficult words with accuracy.
#21. Lastly, remember the key to fast typing is Practice, Practice and Practice.
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