Real communication requires a keyboard, and improved communication requires better typing skills. If you’re a bit rusty and would like to see how your Mac typing skills stack up, then it’s time for a lesson in Type Fu.
Measure To Improve
I chose to become a teacher when I was young and fresh out of high school. It didn’t take long to realize that in college, the fast typists who could crank out complete sentences got higher scores.
Add Type Fu to your Mac and run through some of the built-in speed, accuracy and timing tests.
There’s an onscreen keyboard and hands with fingers to guide you into improved typing skills.
Type Fu can highlight errors as you type, and keep track of your typing with line charts and graphs. There are thousands of built-in typing exercises and a variety of lessons.
Included are Letters, Numbers, Words, Quotes, and Proverbs. Type through each lesson to check your score.
Word exercises come from the 5,000 most popular words in English, and have nine difficulty levels.
My favorite feature is the graphs which display your results over time.
The Letters lessons have 23 different difficulty levels. Numbers exercises have nine difficult levels, and is a good way to become proficient at using a numeric keypad.
Here’s another feature that has me excited about using Type Fu and recommending the app to students (it’s affordable).
Type Fun can use different keyboard layouts, too. I’m a fast typists but there’s a French woman in our school who uses a Dvorak keyboard (I assume a French version) who types well over 100 words per minute.
So, Dvorak typing is one of my new year resolution items.
Athletes say that performance measured, is performance improved. That’s what makes Type Fu a worthy addition to anyone who needs improved typing skills, or any new Mac user who wants to learn to type.
There’s just not much to not like about Type Fu.