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Ten Best Keyboarding Hints You’ll Ever See

Posted by on August 26, 2010

These came directly from the classroom. I tested them on 400 students for a year.

Hands down, these are the most common mistakes students make that prevent them from excelling at keyboarding. Besides good tips, you might find this a different ways of saying things, for those multi-disciplinary students:

  1. Tuck your elbows against the sides of your body. This keeps your hands in the right spot—home row

    Too complicated. Just use the closest finger

  2. Use your thumb for the space bar. That leaves your hands on home row
  3. Curl fingers over home row—they’re cat paws, not dog paws
  4. Use inside fingers for inside keys, outside fingers for outside keys
  5. Use the finger closest to the key you need. Sounds simple, but this isn’t what usually happens with beginners.
  6. Keep your pointers anchored to f and j
  7. Play your keyboard like you do a piano (or violin, or guitar, or recorder). You’d never use your pointer for all keys
  8. Fingers move, not your hands. Hands stay anchored to the f and j keys
  9. Add a barrier between the sides of the keyboards. I fashioned one from cover stock. That’ll remind students to stay on the correct side of the keyboard
  10. Don’t use caps lock for capitals! Use shift.

–reprinted with permission Ask a Tech Teacher © 5-13-10

3 Responses to Ten Best Keyboarding Hints You’ll Ever See

  1. Mohammad Saokat Ali

    Hi,
    How can I typeing firster. Can you advice me?

    Saokat -Dubai

  2. Mohammad Saokat Ali

    Hi,
    How can I typeing firster, Can you advice me?

    Saokat -Dubai

  3. Jacqui

    Here’s what I’d do, Mohammad. Visit one of these online keyboarding websites from this list. If I had to pick, I’d suggest Typing Web or Good Typing (though they’re both free). Once a week, test your typing speed at Test Your Typing Speed.

    Let me know how it goes.

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