Dear Amy: I’m having a hard time learning to type without looking at the keyboard. What can I do to get better at it? — Morgan, Lincoln, Neb.
Dear Morgan: When I had to learn typing in school, the teacher would tape a piece of paper over the keyboards so we couldn’t look at the keys. I always thought it was annoying, but I know it helped me learn to look at what I’m typing instead of at my hands. It helps if you do this while you type at home, too. An easy way to tell where your fingers should go on the keyboard without looking is by feeling for the little bumps. Most keyboards have a small bump on the F and J keys. Your left index finger goes on the F key, and your right should go on the J key. Once your hands are in the proper position, it’s time to practice, practice, practice.
Honing your typing skills doesn’t have to be boring, though. Try playing a typing game such as Typing Jets or Sky Chase at 4kids.org/games, or Dance Mat Typing at bbc.co.uk/schools/typing. You can also practice proper typing techniques while you are composing an email or chatting with friends on instant messenger. For more tips, visit computerhope.com/issues/ch000752.htm.
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