One can argue that it’s easier to use a Mac than a Windows PC, but I’ll argue there’s something far more important than either platform. It’s learning how to type. True, I’m a teacher, so I have a vested interest in imparting typing skills, but this one is a no brainer.
Mac users can choose from a number of useful typing tutor-like apps that teach proper typing. Whichever one you choose will benefit you only if you use it. Here’s one I like. It’s called Master Of Typing Prof. Yes, if you don’t type well, this can change your computing life.
On Hunt And Peck
Typing is a skill learned, but it doesn’t mean everyone who learns to type needs to type 100 words per minute with no errors. 30 words per minute with a few errors will help you to communicate better and be more efficient with how you use a Mac.
What you get with Master Of Typing Prof are lessons in how to type, starting with finger and hand placement upon the Mac’s keyboard, and extending to typing drills with Learning Mode and Test Mode.
Remarkably, the key to learning how to type the proper way is somewhat old fashioned. Practice. But practice with learning built into the methodology. That’s what Master Of Typing Prof does very well.
It’s an excellent tool to help you learn to type– touch type; without looking at the keyboard. Hunt and peck doesn’t cut it for efficiency or for accuracy. Mac power users insist that the best way to efficient and accurate use of the Mac lies in keeping hands on the keyboard; not bouncing back and forth to trackpad or mouse.
Master OF Typing Prof is also about as colorful and Fisher Price-like as an learning app can be, but don’t confuse the simple colors with a child’s tool. Learn to type the correct way and you will improve your communication, efficiency, productivity, and, as a by product, often your clarity of thought improves.
As worthy as any tool that teaches proper typing can be, I have a couple of issues with how Master Of Typing Prof is implemented. There’s background noise. I’m not sure why, but it’s there on my Mac and the only way I could find to get rid of it was to mute the Mac’s sound. Second, for an app that purports to educate and to help Mac users become better and more efficient communicators, Master Of Typing Prof could use more instructions– rather than a link to a YouTube video– on exactly how the app should be used.