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User: John Needham

If you want to type faster, turn off the 60-second timer by clicking on it. The timer is good until you reach like 60 WPM to help you learn to pace yourself, but after that, you need to learn to keep your eyes on the words and your mind on the rhythm of your fingers and also making sure your fingers feel stable, confident, and tight to the keyboard while still being relaxed. Your fingers can stay relaxed and still feel tight to the keyboard and without slack in them, slack that makes you unsure that they're always going to hit the right keys as they land. Your finger-brain connection will make this a reality eventually, so don't get discouraged. And don't practice so much that your fingers start to get sloppy during a session, or sore the next day. Actually, you should try only typing 10 tests per day for a couple weeks if your progress stalls and focus hard on staying really accurate and laser focused while hitting high speeds—quality over quantity. Anyway, soon with practice, you will know by the rhythm if you're typing at 60, 70, 80, 90, or 100 WPM. Around every 10 WPM is the difference where you feel a noticeable difference in rhythm, very similarly to how around 10 degrees is where you notice a change in temperature. Also, I might say something about the Dvorak keyboard after the suffering I endured to get great at it before permanently switching back to QWERTY. If your hands never get too uncomfortably tired typing QWERTY, you shouldn't change to a Dvorak keyboard layout. Just stick with QWERTY because it's basically as awesome: I've typed Dvorak and QWERTY both at over 80 WPM. If I was developing carpal tunnel, I would look into ergonomics, a Kinesis Advantage keyboard, keyboard macros and auto-complete scripts, rehabilitation, weight lifting, dictation software, and OCR software first. Plus, switching will frustrate you to tears if you can't stand going from 80 WPM to 5 WPM for a couple days. Think about it: 5 W... P... M. Less typing distance DOES NOT mean Dvorak is faster than QWERTY because of other things that slow down and balance out that advantage for Dvorak: timing issues from favoring weaker and less coordinated fingers more often, differences in opportunities for pre-positioning of fingers and hands, higher hand alternation rates vs faster single-handed key combos.
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User ID 1482921
last login 4 days, 3 hours ago
member since on November, 2nd, 2017
Keyboard Layout Qwerty-based
Keyboard Corsair K70 (MX brown), Corsair white PBT double-shots, WASD red o-rings, Bailey leather rest.
Words typed 185,847
Tests taken 2,911
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