When I look back on my education I see only a handful of classes that actually made a difference in my adult life. Very high on the list was learning to type. As a student, I wasn’t a particularly fast typists, or as accurate as my typing teacher would have preferred. Compared to girls in the class I was about average and graded accordingly. What I didn’t know then is what I found out later. Typing and writing go hand in hand. Typing fast and with a high degree of accuracy (not to mention clarity of writing) fit well in later years in broadcasting, advertising, teaching, and internet businesses.
For anyone who wants to know what to learn to be successful in life, one simple thing comes to my mind. Typing. For Mac users, Type Fu is an inexpensive yet fun way to improve typing skills. Say goodbye to hunt and peck, two-fingered document creation, and say hello to productivity and efficiency.
Type Fu isn’t a Mac game that teaches, but it’s actually fun to use. Performance measured, is performance improved and the typing exercises not only increase skill levels, they teach proper typing etiquette (if there is such a thing).
Type Fu displays on-screen keyboard and fingers, and monitors typing in each exercise based on speed and accuracy.
There’s even built-in error highlighting, multiple difficulty levels, and stats tracking with charts.
Type Fu also provides error correction with the backspace key while it highlights errors. Exercises come in five different categories.
- Letters – 23 levels
- Numbers – 9 difficulty levels
- Words – 3,500 most popular English words
- Quotes – 300 famous quotes
- Proverbs – 300 proberbs
And, of course, Type Fu has multiple keyboard layouts starting with the standard QWERTY, but also QWERTZ, Dvorak, and others.
What’s the benefit to using an app like Type Fu to learn and improve typing skills?
Communication. Accurate communication. Communication with an audit trail. I’m sure I think faster than I type, but I can get both into sync and become much more productive at the keyboard.