I’ve had somewhat of a revelation in my learning of my self-designed letter arrangement layout.
Until recently I’ve been typing “on-the-fly”, just typing symbol by symbol as soon as I was confident in what I was doing. It had gotten me to somewhat of a plateau in my typing speed progress, at about 50% of my former QWERTY speed. Just recently, I have started delaying typing a word while training myself until I was ready to “burst” through most of it, and it seems to be making a heap of difference to my progress, at least subjectively. So i visualise the “shape” of a word on the keyboard, execute the movement, think about the next one, execute etc.
I don’t type any faster by doing so (slower, but not a lot) but I am more accurate, and it feels like by doing so, I am giving myself better training in muscle memory of common n-gram combinations rather than only increasing my familiarity with the layout. It also makes me feel a little less frustrated, as by doing so, I can type small words and fragments at about my former QWERTY speed.
Will have to see over time if this truly improves my speed (and I don’t have a valid null hypothesis to test it against so it’s certainly not scientific). But it would make sense on the surface, as the muscle memory of n-grams is probably the major factor in most people’s typing speed, so practicing that fluidly makes a lot of sense.
Has anyone else experienced something similar in their process of learning new layouts or keyboardio itself? Or any other unanticipated helpful techniques?