Thanks for your comments MisterW. While it is unusual, it is fact that learning new skills and muscle memory takes twice as long for me as it would a normal person. I do not know why, but it has been that way throughout my life. Reading up on experiences and seeing how easily people advance makes me angry with myself.
I just feel that it extremely frustrating that I have been typing on QWERTY for more than 2 years now and the only bit of muscle memory that I have is pressing the BackSpace.
that mentality is defeatist: that somehow you're not as good a learner as other people. its extremely unlikely that that is true.
whats more likely is that you're just using the wrong practice methods.
typing is all about grouping chunks of characters together and into your memory. grab a list of the most common words and n-grams. 'the', 'and', 'with', 'that', 'tion', 'ing', 'for'. you want to be typing those extremely fast. roll your fingers whenever possible. you want to commit these chunks into memory. you could think of it as, "I'm going to become the best in the world at typing the word 'different'." what would you need to do to accomplish that. you need to practice it until it becomes second nature that you don't even have to think about it. visualization helps. when away from the keyboard, visualize in your mind where the keys are and what fingers you will use to type the word "that" or whatever word you struggle with.
At the moment, I find that when I keep in doing a certain paragraph on typeracer over and over again, my WPM and accuracy goes down. They say practice makes perfect, but I experience it having the opposite effect.
this is the perfect example of a poor practice method. don't practice full paragraphs that you struggle with. practice small words or phrases, one at a time. so if you want to learn the 'tion' 4-gram, just keep practicing that. then add a leading letter: 'ation', 'etion', 'ition', 'otion', 'ution', 'ption', get fast and comfortable with all of those combinations. then try the full words: 'station', 'motion', 'fruition'. youll notice that the start of those words you haven't practiced, so you will be slow for the first few letters, and then you'll speed through the 'tion' part that you practiced. thats good. practice it every day. if your hands get tired, take a break and freshen your mind by trying a new combination, say 'ent'. then 'went', then 'enter', progressing to 'movement'
you could try one of those 'mavis beacon teaches typing tutors' and things like that. they probably implement things like i described. its been 15+ years since i've used one of them. i think just repeating typeracer is a bad idea.
you're not a poor learner, you just didnt know how to practice properly. you were never taught the proper practice methods. most people weren't. probably the 'natural' typers or people who you think 'learn better' than you, they probably just stumbled upon better practice methods by sheer luck.
you could even record a video of yourself and i'm sure people would help critique your technique. maybe you're doing very bad things such as returning each finger back to the home row after every stroke. it may be unconscious and you dont' realize it
Last edited by misterW (02-Feb-2017 17:20:01)