Learning To Type
When I first got my computer about ten years ago, I had no idea how to type. I wanted to learn the right way to type. I didn’t want to do the “hunt and peck” method. I want make it as fun and easy as possible. I see people typing with their index fingers all the time. Some of them are real fast and some of them are totally lost at the keyboard. It’s like if I was a drummer. Like Buddy Rich says, “First of all they hold the drum sticks wrong.”
How was I going to go about it. Doing exercises would drive me crazy. I figured I’d join as many groups and message boards as I can and type in responses. I still didn’t know how to type. Then I came up with what you see above. I got a piece of paper and drew most of the keyboard, taped it to a piece of oak tag, and divided it into two. The black is the left hand and the red is the right. Then I number the keys, 1 for index, 2 for middle, 3 for ring and 4 for pinky. Then I put this below the monitor. At first I had to look at the keys to see what I was doing. After awhile I took my eyes off the keys. Now I can type without looking at the keys.
If you asked me where a letter was on the keyboard, I can’t tell you. My fingers just know where to go.