How to Improve Your Keyboarding

Do the home row keys practices. The home row exercises are simple and you might be tempted to skip them. However these are very important exercises because you are beginning to train your fingers in the correct keystroke reaches.

Practice, practice, and practice. If you feel you need more practice on the home-row keys, or for that matter, any exercise, type the exercise again. Practice each exercise several times until you are satisfied with your typing skills. Only go to the next exercise in a series when you feel comfortable with the exercise you have just completed. However, do not overkill it; repeating one exercise over 5 times at once is a bit too much. Instead, do other exercises and come back to it. Remember, it is not only the quantity, but also the intensity as well.

Type without looking at the keyboard. I cannot emphasis this more. If you want to improve your keyboarding speed, do not look at the keyboard. It will be hard at firt, but you have to let your fingers find home without you looking at the keyboard.

One way to help is using a quick stroke to strike and bouncing off the keys. Think in terms of “snapping” your fingers quickly downward on the keys. Do not “press” or “mush” the key. Strike the key quickly and move on!

Sit erect. Your feet should be flat on the floor. Poor posture is tiring and leads to typing errors. If you need to use props. Refer to the ergonomics.

Avoid eyestrain. Eyestrain can occur when there is a reflection on the computer monitor. Adjust the angle of the monitor and/or the height of your chair to reduce reflections. The room should be slightly “dark” with not major rays of sunlight. Squinting is very fatiguing. Monitor shields, or even monitor screens might be of some help, but most relief occurs when you can eliminate background glare.

Move only the fingers needed.Remember this! Move only the finger needed when striking a key. Do not allow other fingers to wander away from their assigned home-row keys. This will be awkward at first, and will require will-power. But you can do it! Let your brain train your fingers.

Error reduction. If errors are occurring on the bottom-row keys, try moving your chair back from the keyboard.

Use the correct finger-keystroke.Study the pictures in the NimbleFingers keyboarding program so you 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 upward at the same slant as the keyboard. Do not let your wrists become lazy and rest against the desk or the keyboard.

Re-key an exercise if you are not satisfied. 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.

Make adjustments. Check your distance from the keyboard. Adjust your chair when necessary to avoid a common problem – that of sitting too close to the keyboard. Also, adjust the angle of your monitor to minimize glare. Eyestrain is very tiring and will result in an increased number of errors. Remove excessive paperwork, and don’t let direct sunlight in from windows that will result in screen glare.

Headaches? When is the last time you have had your vision checked by a health care professional? If you don’t know, it may be time for a vision check.

Errors will occur. When a typing error is made, retype the key immediately! Don’t think about it, your brain knows it didn’t communicate correctly with your finger. Just retype the key and move on!