Join Anson Alexander for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Learning Typing (2014).
I've included a number of exercise files with this course to help you become as efficient as a keyboardist as possible. Included is a color-coded finger chart for you to use if you forget which finger is responsible for which key. It may be a good idea to print this document out and keep it alongside your workspace as you begin the course. We've also included a list of keyboard shortcuts for you to take a look at, if you're interested in taking your computing efficiency to the next level. Keyboard shortcuts will be officially introduced later on in the course.
Most importantly, we've also put together a typing practice module, that will measure your speed and accuracy at typing each particular chapter's set of characters. For each chapter in the course that introduces new keys, there's a specific practice module in the exercise files for you to practice the newly-learned letters. Additionally, there's a cumulative practice module within each section, that will include a combination of all the letters and characters covered thus far in the course. Make sure that you take your time in each practice module.
You can go through each one multiple times until you're comfortable. Practice is the most important part of learning how to type efficiently.
- Summarize the most effective posture to utilize during typing.
- Identify the advantages of the DVORAK keyboard layout.
- Explain where your hands should rest on the keyboard.
- Summarize the process for effectively typing capital letters.
- Recall which finger should be used to press the function, control, option, and command keys.
- Identify the hand position used when typing using the numeric keypad.