After a long break from software development, I decided that coming back I
wanted to unlearn my hunting and pecking skills acquired in middle school typing
class and learn proper touch typing. Yep, that means the home row in all its
Little did I know how difficult this would actually be. Trying to obtain new
muscle memory whilst forgetting old muscle memory is quite a challenging feat.
With my old typing skills, I was averaging around 40wpm both in normal typing
and in code. And yes, I think those are distinct enough to be determined
separately. So, where does one even begin such a task?
Enter Typing Club. This is where I began my endeavor a few weeks ago.
Overall, I was pleased with the results I got from Typing Club. It has hundreds
of lessons, each one lasting a few minutes, meaning that it is simple to jump in
and complete a few whenever I have a few minutes of free time throughout the
The beginning was interesting, as I struggled through learning the home row and
what fingers go where surrounding it. Over time, I quickly developed the muscle
memory and got back up to my original 40wpm for simple, lowercase paragraphs.
Then the lessons started with capitalization and the shift key. I have ALWAYS
used the left shift key for capitalization, but I could no longer rely on that,
and this took quite an effort, one that I am still working on. It is just not
natural for me to quickly shift my shifts from left and right based on what
letter I need to capitalize, but I am getting there. Numbers are a different
Ultimately, the goal for learning to touch type was not only to become a better
typist, but so that I could effectively use VIM keybindings, which rely on home
row usage. At this point in time, I’d say I’m on equal footing with where I was
prior to learning, and getting better every day.
Was it worth it? Yes. Do I recommend others to follow suit? Absolutely. It is
never too late to learn.