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User guide

Learn how you can set up your TypingMentor account and manage TypingMentor from A to Z.

Introduction

About TypingMentor

TypingMentor is a web-based application specially designed to provide a flexible and user-friendly practice platform to the users to bring about their highest efficacy in typing.

Why touch typing should be learned

It is our primary goal to help you type faster by providing the exclusive features and options. Once you are capable of doing 'touch typing' (type using all one's fingers and without looking at the keys) eventually your other computer skills and productivity will improve significantly.


If you type with two fingers the visual and frontal cortices of the brain are compelled to put its focus on the individual keys locations. Regular practice of touch typing will help you to remove such unnecessary multitasking pressure from your brain. That is why touch typing should be learned.

Why should you use TypingMentor

TypingMentor provides you with the most effective common word typing lessons, most common patterns' lessons (letter n-grams), various fingers, and character drills. This is far more effective practice than the kiddy practice games. Typing Mentor will keep monitoring your typing performances and thereby identify your weak areas to guide you with customized lessons in order to help you overcome your typing weaknesses. Hence, in the quickest possible time, you will get rid of all the weaknesses. That’s how you become a pro in real quick time!

Technical requirements for using TypingMentor

Typing mentor is a completely web-based application which does not require any download or additional plugins. Just use any up-to-date browser, Google Chrome is what TypingMentor recommends.

Tip: For a smooth typing experience, add the URLs below to your firewall whitelist: https://www.typingmentor.com

Account setup

Get started

If you have not been created any account for you yet, click here in the following link: https://www.typingmentor.com/app/signup

Account settings

Personal setting

Changing password

If you registered your account in TypingMentor through Google or Facebook, you don't have the option to change your password. But if you used your email & password while registering your account, you will find reset password button in your profile page.

Update personal information

Visit your account's profile page, there you will find a button as 'Edit Profile'. Upon clicking that button you will be given the options to update your information.

Account setting

Log in / sign up options

You can login/signup by using your email & password. You can also use your Google account, Facebook account, Twitter account, Or phone number. These options are available in the Sign in page or Sign up page.

Account delete option

At the bottom of the profile page, you will find 2 buttons.

  • Reset statistics : Resetting statistics will erase all your typing related stats but you will still find your account and profile setting in place.
  • Delete account : Deleting your account will remove your account and all your records completely from Typing Mentor.
  • Reports

    Learn how to explore and evaluate TypingMentor reports to asses your performance and accelerate your improvements.

    Summary report

    Summary Report will show you the result of your typing test's performance based on speed, accuracy & duration. Go to the dashboard page, then in the summary section, filter how many tests' aggregate result you want to see. You will get to know your speed as WPM (Word Per Minute), Accuracy (as a percentage) and the duration that you spent in those tests.

    summary
    Tips: If you have both accuracy and speed improving gradually, you are doing everything right. If your chart shows increase in accuracy but no increase in speed, don’t bother much. Speed will make over very soon, you are on the right track. If your accuracy and speed are going down, It's not a good sign. If you have a gradual improvement on speed but not an increase in accuracy that means there is a chance your muscle memory is getting built with wrong techniques. You should look at the other stats to rectify the areas of mistakes and work on that. Do not panic by the stats of 1 or 2 days.

    Letter types report

    Letter types report will show you the result of your tests based on uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numerals, and symbols. Go to dashboard page, then go to 'Based On Letter Types' section.

    You will find overall recent speed and accuracy for each of the letter types. A column chart has also been shown there to let you do a comparative analysis between the types of letters from speed and accuracy perspective.

    letter types details
    Tips: Do not expect to have same speed level in each types of letters. Its normal to have highers speed in lower case letters than the others.

    Character List

    Character List as the name suggests is a list of all characters with their respective speed and accuracy. Go to dashboard page, then go to 'Character List' section.

    You can evaluate your typing performance and compare stats with other keys based on accuracy in percentage in the left-side bars and speed as wpm in the right-side bars on each character.

    character list chart
    Tips: If you have accuracy problem with a certain key that means the associated finger is confused with that key. If your speed level is not improving then it means your hand-brain coordination is yet not ready on that particular letter and require more practice. From here you should try to identify the problem letters and put little extra focus while typing that. Both the accuracy and the speed will increase automatically.
    character list top and bottom chart
    Tips: This report shows the problem letter from both accuracy and speed point of view. If you have a problem letter, you can certainly put more of your emphasis on that letter.

    Keyboard hit map report

    In this analysis, you will find a color-coded heat map, where the deeper the color of the key the better your performance is, and the lighter the color the worse. You will also understand, in which area of the keyboard you are strong and weak both in terms of speed and accuracy. This stat is available in the dashboard page.

    keyboard heat map based on speed chart
    keyboard heat map based on accuracy chart
    Tips: You should take an overall look at the keyboard color. Don’t focus on the specific keys; rather focus more on which part of the keyboard has deep colored keys and which parts have light colored keys. Then identify which fingers are involved in typing those letters and you start practice accordingly.

    Finger report

    In this comparative analysis, you will find which of your fingers are fast and which are slow. In fact, because of the slow fingers, your faster fingers are not being able to speed up. You will also know the overall speed of your left-hand and right-hand in this report. Depending on this analysis you will be able to speed up your slow fingers which will substantially improve your typing speed. This stat is available in the dashboard page.

    fingers chart
    Tips: While evaluating the performance of a certain finger, you should also need to check how many strokes were considered for that stat, the higher the number of strokes, the more you can rely on the statistics.

    Calendar-wise Time Spent

    Looking at the calendar in the dashboard page you will know how frequently or regularly you have been spending time on practicing touch typing. The darker the color the more time you spent on that day.

    calendar heat map
    Tips: Try to spend a good couple of minutes every day. Muscle memory builds enormously fast with consistency. Muscle memory has a more direct correlation with regularity than with intensity.

    Test history report

    This will exhibit the history of all tests you have taken so far in TypingMentor along with the date, time, duration, accuracy, and speed of each of the tests. You can filter them by latest x-many tests and by x-many days. This stat is available in the dashboard page.

    test history
    Tips: You can see in which days and at what time you took how many tests, and what was the result.

    Word analysis report (typing page)

    After you complete a typing test or a lesson, you will be provided with a list of words that you typed either wrong or correct. This only appears once you finish a test or a lesson.

    typing page segment analysis chart
    Tips: TypingMentor watches and take notes if you make mistakes on commonly used words and will set those words more often for you to type.

    Resources

    Check out theoretical based learning materials for building proper technical typing skills.

    Download the PDFs Free!

    One: Tips for beginners & a guide to ergonomic typing

    Ultimate Guide to become a fast typist

    Two: Muscle memory & the secret of learning touch typing

    Utilizing Muscle Memory in Touch Typing

    FAQ's

    Log in & account information

    My log in is not working!

    It might happen because of wrong typing or mismatch in the email and password details. So, double check your login credentials, be sure you did not use different email or a different password. If still the login problem persists, please write us at support@typingmentor.com.

    How do I register an account?

    Go to Sign up page and you will be able to register your TypingMentor account by using your google account, facebook account, twitter account, email address, or by using your phone.

    How do I change my profile picture?

    To avail a profile picture of your own, you need to sign up through your Google, Facebook, or Twitter account, and your picture will be imported automatically from there.

    Why can't I log in?

    Send us an email at support@typingmentor.com and let us know your email address or Google account's email address or Face book account's Id, or Twitter account's Id that you used while registering at TypingMentor. We will get back to you soon after we receive your email.

    What's my password?

    For the security issues, we even don’t have access to the passwords, that’s why if you forgot your password, to the forgot password link of the Sign in page.

    How can I delete my account?

    Go to your profile page and at the bottom you will find a button for deleting your account.

    General enquiry

    What combination of wpm & accuracy should be the bench mark?

    There is no such bench mark score in typing. TypingMentor recommends you not to stop practicing before you reach at least 97% accuracy level. That’s because, accuracy is directly related with building up a strong muscle memory.

    Why is my score not saved (sometimes)?

    It might happen if something went wrong with the connectivity of your computer from the database. In such situation consider reloading the webpage.

    How is the accuracy calculated?

    Accuracy is calculated by dividing total correct strokes by the number of total strokes.

    Site is under maintenance?

    To keep the website fast and smooth, we need to undergo some regular maintenance process. It usually takes 5 minutes. You should find the website working nicely after the maintenance is completed.

    How to share my typing test results?

    To share the result of a test immediately after completing a typing test you will find a share option at the bottom of the typing page. There is also another way where you will be able to share your recent average speed and accuracy. You will find that sharing option in your profile page.

    Where can I get supporting Resources?

    Check out the resources section above, you will find downloadable contents there.

    What are the system requirements?

    Any system that is capable to run an internet browser, preferably Google Chrome is good enough to run TypingMentor.

    Do you have an offline version?

    Currently, we don’t support offline version.

    Do you have an iPad app?

    iPad app is unavailable at the moment.

    Can I create my own lessons?

    Yes, you can create your own typing lessons in 'user defined lesson' tab in the Lessons Page.

    Can I use TypingMentor outside the United States?

    Yes, of course, you can.

    Is TypingMentor available in other languages?

    TypingMentor is exclusively available only in the English language.

    Is there any site to white list on my firewall?

    Yes, you should white list www.typingmentor.com

    How is time tracked on TypingMentor?

    The time you spend on typing in the tests and lessons are tracked.

    Glossary

    What is a keystroke?

    Every character you type is considered to be a keystroke whether it’s an uppercase letter, lowercase letter, numeric character, space, or symbol.

    What is WPM?

    WPM is the acronym for Word per Minute. This is calculated by dividing the total number of keystrokes by 5 and then dividing that number by the number of minutes spent.

    What is Typing Accuracy?

    Typing Accuracy is the (percentage) rate of your correctly typed keystrokes. If your Typing accuracy is 80%, it means 80% of your keystrokes were correct.