These typing videos show you the correct way to strike a key so that you can develop typing speed and accuracy. Click on the below typing videos. They load quickly and demonstrate the correct finger reaches.
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When Watching These Typing Videos, Remember:
Your fingers should always rest gently on their assigned home row keys: A S D F J K L ;
Left hand: Little finger rests on the a key.
Ring finger rests on the s key.
Middle finger rests on the d key.
Index finger rests on the f key.
Right hand: Little finger rests on the ; key.
Ring finger rests on the l key.
Middle finger rests on the k key.
Index finger rests on the j key.
Don't just press a key. Strike the key, then quickly return the finger to its assigned home row key.
Touch typing consists of thinking the character, and then using trained fingers, the finger automatically strikes the correct key.
You are developing a motor reflex pattern whereby your brain has trained your fingers to do its bidding. Thus, people who know touch typing can increase their intellectual efficiency on the task at hand.
They can devote full concentration to the task, and let their "fingers do the typing" without conscious thought of the keystroke involved. A picture or a video for training purposes, is worth a thousand words.
If you've been following the educational theory used in the Nimble Fingers programs, you realize we have employed another form of repetition. Frankly these videos are not as useful as the typing pictures.
The typing pictures have the key location blocked out. Most people assume they know the correct key location. They find completing the actual key location a challenging task.
Typing TipsThe home row keys are very important. You need to train your fingers in the correct keystroke reaches. This is easier if your fingers always start and end in the same position.
Strike a key. When typing, do not just press a key. Strike the key, then quickly return the finger to its assigned home row key.
Fingers on home row. Your fingers should gently rest on their home row keys.
Pretend you are a Cobra. Using the correct finger, strike the key. Then quickly return the finger to its assigned home row key.
Typing requires practice. Practice improves typing speed and accuracy.
Locate the home-row keys. Force yourself to use the correct fingers to strike the keys. If you forget which finger to use, look at the picture accompanying the exercise. The beginning exercises are extremely important because you are developing correct keystroke patterns.
Don’t worry about speed and accuracy. Relax when typing the beginning exercises. However, always use the correct finger/keystroke pattern. Speed and accuracy will develop naturally through practice once your fingers have been “correctly trained.”
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.
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Move only the needed finger. Train your fingers to stay on their assigned
home row key. Pivot with the little or index finger for long reaches. Immediately
return to the correct home row key.
Error reduction. If errors are occurring on the bottom-row keys, move your chair back from the keyboard and slightly raise your wrists.
Use the correct finger-keystroke. Study the pictures in the Nimble Fingers typing program to know which finger to use. Whisper each letter before striking the key.
Check your hands! Your fingers should be on the home-row keys and your hands should slant at the same angle as the keyboard. Do not let your wrists become lazy and rest against the desk or the keyboard.
Re-key an exercise when needed. After typing the beginning exercises, using the correct finger should be automatic. If you still have to look at the keyboard when you type a particular key, rerun the appropriate exercise.
Have it your way. Downloadable exercises can be used to customize many of the Nimble Fingers typing programs, or create your own. There are numerous standardized terms and timed exercises from a variety of activities. For example, are you interested in: Art? Cooking? Military? Fish? Airplanes?
Two things are needed to develop skills. You should have a desire to learn and a patient instructor. You cannot learn to type by reading and then banging away at the keys. Assistance is needed--for guidance while you learn, to recommend corrective lessons when necessary, and to analyzing your progress.
Take care with when typing the home row keys. The home row exercises are simple and you might be tempted to skip them. However these are important exercises because you are training your fingers in the correct keystroke reaches.
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