20 simple and easy tips to get you touch typing!
Learn how to Touch Type fast – 20 simple and easy tips to get you touch typing!
Touch typing is the ability to type without looking at the keyboard. It is a memory skills that requires practice and patience. Correct habit formation can help you learn how to touch type successfully.
Ensure that you are sitting correctly with two feet on the ground and the keyboard in alignment with your body. Sit up straight, feet to the floor, elbows at my side, eyes only on the text and never on the keyboard.
Introduce your hands to the home keys – left hand will use asdf, the right hand will use jkl;. Curve your fingers on the home keys and only ever move the finger that needs pressing on the key. The F and J keys will have a little bump on them to help you find them without looking down at the keyboard
Always return your fingers to home keys before selecting another key on the keyboard.
Try and maintain a rhythm when you are typing.
Use the thumb to press the spacebar.
Always correct errors by raising your little finger up to the backspace button
Take regular breaks when learning how to type.
Don’t use the cap locks button when trying to capitalise a letter, use the shift keys instead. There is two shift keys on a keyboard, the shift key to left operates the buttons to right and shift key to right operates the key to the left.
Take your time when learning how to type, speed will come naturally once you have memorised the keys on the keyboard.
Use a keyboard cover, to cover the keys on the keyboards. We recommend the use of speekskin cover, this is the one we use in our tying centres.
Practice at least one hour per week. Practice! Practice! Practice!
When learning how to touch type, expect typing to decrease initially compared to how you normally would touch type.
Know your keyboard. Familiarise yourself where the keys on the keyboard are by clicking on keys suggested on the typing tutor you are using. By making mistakes initially you are learning to touch type successfully in the long term.
Stretching – when you fingers get stiff. Take a rest and give them a good shake for a minute. This will help increase the blood flow into your fingers.
Accuracy – it is more important to be accurate when starting off at typing. Accuracy helps you learn the keys on the keyboard more quickly.
A key has to pressed by the same finger all the time on the keyboard.
Keep a record of your problem keys and practice correcting them.
Take breaks from typing by playing typing games.
Practice using real words and sentences, this can be used in real life projects.
Stay motivated and enjoy as the reward from learning how to type will be biggest skill that you ever learn.