Monday, October 1, 2007

Dvorak touchtyping - week 4

Well, I broke the 55WPM mark on the home row this week, but things go downhill pretty rapidly from there. On other exercises I hover between 35 and 45WPM, and on a general typing test I fare much worse (around 33-35WPM on this typing test). So, I’m still pretty far off the mark from my ambitious ‘60WPW in a month’ aim, but I guess the idea was to aim loftily, and then reassess after a month…

I’ll definitely need a lot more practice to reach 60WPM. My overall speed is still slower than my quick hunt-and-peck QWERTY skills, which was probably to be expected but is still disappointing. I also still have to think about where letters are on the keyboard when I type most of the time, and in the real world (i.e. not typing tests) I still make a lot of mistakes even on the keys I’ve practiced the most on. On the positive side, I can actually type mostly without looking at the keyboard, and I’ve more or less assimilated using the basic copy-cut-paste keyboard shortcuts with the DVORAK layout.

The key to faster speeds will obviously be more practice (which I’d let up on a little in the past couple of weeks) - with regular practice, I’m hoping to make 60WPM overall in the next month or so.

posted by Nick at 6:19 pm - filed in dvorak