Moral: Let your pages do the walking through the yellow fingers.
(The source of this touch typing fable is unknown.)
Do you have "healthy" fingers?
Yes, you read that right! When was the last time you exercised your
We will put a smile on your face, and get you in mental and physical shape to
help you develop your keyboarding skills. Click on Typing Fingers.
to improve your finger dexterity.
Then, if you really want to go "wild" click on Stretching Exercises.
These are exercises for use "while at your desk" to reduce tensions.
If people look at you and think you are slowly going crazy, blame it on folks at Nimblefingers!
We are already "outside the box!"
Typing Games - Typing Tips
Do not look at your fingers. If you start looking
at your fingers when keyboarding, you will never learn how to type quickly and
accurately. Once started, this poor habit is extremely difficult to correct.
The computer will provide a beep for an incorrect keystroke. This
immediate feedback will assist you in quickly learning the correct
keystrokes. Just concentrate on using the correct finger to strike the key.
Learning to type. You learn how to type by developing motor reflex
patterns that enable your fingers to strike the correct keys automatically.
If the keyboard or posture position changes, sound skills will not
develop. Always maintain a correct posture. If you do not sit
up “straight” and keep your feet flat on the floor, the angle of your arms
will change; thus changing the keystroke reach. This throws off your speed and accuracy.
Develop a routine. Set the work environment like you want it to
optimize your learning sessions. Don’t let the chair height; tilt of the
monitor, location of the keyboard or posture vary from session to session.
Don’t worry about speed and accuracy. Relax! However, always use the correct
finger/keystroke pattern. Speed and
accuracy will develop naturally through practice once your fingers have been
Finger placement. Gently place the fingers of your left hand on the
a s d f keys and the fingers of your right hand on the j k l ;
keys. Your fingers should be slightly curved. Your wrists should be low but not
resting on the keyboard. Your elbows should be close in, next to your side.
Thumbs. While your fingers are gently touching the home-row keys, the
thumbs should be slightly above the space bar (the long bar at the bottom of the
keyboard). To press the space bar, make a quick downward motion with your right thumb.
It might feels better for left-handed people to use their left thumb
to press the space bar.
Typing Game. Games are not a substitute for typing practice.
Which exercise would you select?
You select the drill of interest.
Note that all the letters of the alphabetic are included in an
exercise. This helps you to build speed and accuracy by practicing
difficult as well as simple keystrokes.
How about an alarming exercise?
It is not really a typing game, but it's fun to type.
The digital alarm clock was introduced by hotels in 1986, not as a
service, but as a device to get people up early so that they would vacate
their rooms. This would permit the room to be rented quicker, thus in-
creasing revenue. The clock had small numbers adjacent to small switches.
There was also a snooze button, but unless the switches were set exactly,
the alarm would go off every five minutes starting at 3:45 a.m.
Or an exercise on trees?
How do trees know which way is up? When tree growth was analyzed, a
growth hormone, called auxins, was discovered. These hormones regulate
cell growth and are found in greater concentration on the tree's dark
side. Thus auxins help the dark side of the tree quickly grow longer
than the cells exposed to the light. Just think of the tree bending
toward the light, not really growing toward the light.
Or a exercise on a small dog?
The chihuahua is the ultimate toy lapdog who will shiver at the slightest
breeze. It enjoys its role as a lap dog. Experts speculate that it is a
descendent of dogs that arrived with the Spanish armies in 1520, but that
is a questionable assumption. The chihuahua is intelligent, affectionate,
and possessive. It makes a good mini-watchdog. It weighs about five
pounds, and no special grooming knowledge is needed for the indoor pet.
Or a typing exercise on a cat that would eat a small dog?
The bobcat, or red lynx, has a brown coat with black spots which acts as a
camouflage. It has large ears and hunts throughout the Americas. Like
most cats, it is very quick and has a taste for small animals. The
bobcat was characterized as a trickster by Native Americans because it
was never tamed. This species has adjusted to its environment by
adapting to the requirements of its particular hunting region.
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