Milestone- Today I hit 40WPM Average on typeracer! the reason why the 40wpm is a big milestone is that an article I mentioned previously said that the average business typist is at 38-40WPM. So I'm now a Solid Average!
The muscle memory is happening. My fingers are remembering words, contractions, the errors become less and less as time goes on. I wouldn't even want to try to type in Qwerty anymore because I've just about forgotten it. I even changed my Cel Phone to Colemak.
My bottom goal at the very beginning was 30WPM. So I consider myself to have succeeded at Colemak based on
my skill set.
This doesn't mean I'm stopping. My goal is now to reach 50WPM although at this point in time the max Typeracer Score ever is 47 WPM on an easy one.
So I'll shoot for 50 WPM but if I hit 45 WPM I'll be very happy.
It really feels good when your fingers are skimming the keys and it's all going smoothly, those are the 44WPM and 47WPM scores.
Yes I know that you 60 WPM + typists are laughing at my score, but hey everyone is different and I am a mediocre, uncoordinated typist with short stubby
Fingers so 40 WPM is an accomplishment for me. It is now taking me hours and hours of practice for each wpm that I move upward.
Part of the reason why I started this thread was when I went to this Forum, I didn't see any Experience posts from Joe Average typists. I wanted to relay my experience, to the average typists like me. At the beginning I didn't really know if at 56 Years Old with more than 43 years typing on Qwerty that I could learn a new Layout. Don't they say you can't teach a Old Dog new tricks?
I should mention that in my humble opinion Colemak is superior to Qwerty. Less stress on the fingers and hands. Even though with work combined with typing courses and typing tests i'm typing way more than ever. I don't feel any finger, joint or wrist pain. I did feel strain when I was typing withe Qwerty. Colemak is the better mousetrap of typing. I especially recommend it for those like me that are over 50 years old. You might head off Carpal or other repetitive stress injuries.
I know that there are other ways of learning than my methods of Cold Turkey and Intensive lessons (Senselang) and practice (Typeracer) but I wanted to get up to speed fast. I'm just not the type who likes to prolong things.
BTW- I'm not gaming the Typeracer system. Whatever they give me I type, hard or easy doesn't matter.
I could be at a higher point if I shutdown typeracer whenever a very difficult challenge comes up. But then I wouldn't be
learning the tough stuff and I couldn't take pride in my achievement.!
Last edited by TwoLeftThumbs (18-Feb-2017 23:33:25)