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MasterMind Typing

Touch-typing is the method of typing without looking at the keyboard while typing. When you are a touch typist you will use all your ten fingers to type. You will use the correct fingers to strike the correct keys. You will increase your typing speed and your productivity. You will reduce the number of typing errors. You will do all these without looking at the keyboard-that is the beauty of touch-typing.

Till now, touch-typing has been practiced mostly by stenographers, personal assistants, secretaries and other data entry operators. But in today’s competitive world where everyone is required to work on a computer, the single finger or two finger typing won’t do. Every one who uses the computer (especially the information worker who uses it for performing almost 80% of his/her tasks) needs to learn how to type correctly-i.e., learn touch-typing.

Consider how difficult it is for an adult to read a book by reading each letter of a word. Typing by visually searching for individual letters and hitting the keys with one or two fingers is just as tedious, wasting hours on the PC each day. Touch typists can do more work in fewer hours, giving them extra time to devote to other tasks.

Touch-typing is a skill like riding a bicycle-a skill that can be learned and can be perfected and improved by practice. So once you have learned touch-typing in the correct way, the more you practice, the faster and better you get.

Touch-typing will improve your productivity. As you reach higher speeds, you will be able to finish your typing tasks-composing an email, writing a letter, or preparing a project report-in much lesser time. Also when you are touch-typing, you need not look at the keyboard. This will free your mind and help you in better organizing and structuring the material that you are typing. So touch-typing has greater potential for people like writers, poets, and professional writers-people who are putting their ideas to words and sentences. So touch-typing is the real-time transfer of human ideas to the computer. It is thought processing, which is much more than word processing.

MasterMind typing developed by Peter Turnquist is a touch-typing tutor-more specifically an intelligent touch-typing tutor. It uses the principles of cognitive psychology and human learning to teach touch-typing. As I have mentioned before, touch-typing is a skill that will get better as one practices it. But the only catch is that the typing technique-the use of appropriate fingers, the method of typing without looking at the keyboard-has to be learned correctly. The improvement in the efficiency and productivity with practice is only for the people who have learned touch-typing in the correct method.

MasterMind typing teaches you the correct method of touch-typing-effectively and efficiently. It has three phases. The first phase is the learning phase, where one is taught the basics of touch-typing. By practicing the lessons in the first phase, the person will become familiar with the keyboard, the correct fingering techniques and so on. The objective of this lesson is to make you a technically sound (not fast) touch typist. The second and third phases introduces you to words, phrases and sentences.

The USP of this software is its intelligence. It does not just make you take some exercises and drills. As and when you are typing the program is monitoring your performance and will identify your weaknesses and will customize the exercises so that your weak areas are developed. This saves considerable time in the learning reduces the overall time to master touch-typing.

You can get more details of MasterMind typing and download a trial version from the site of Turnquist Foundation.

Alexis Leon