Today, computers have successfully replaced typewriters, but two-finger, find-and-peck method of typing can never send the touch typing method of a trained professional packing. Considering how pervasive computers and Laptops have become both at home and at work, learning to touch type is a skill you can no longer do without.
When touch typing, you don’t look at the keyboard, you’ve learnt the art and know where your fingers should be placed and which letter, symbol or figure to punch without necessarily hunting for them. Touch typing need to be learnt because without a tutorial, you can’t transition from the current hunt and peck typing you are doing to the professional touch typing method.
To learn to touch type, you need to learn the layout of a keyboard first, then you can move to finger positioning. This will make you familiar with the keyboard and know where every characters on it are positioned.
After you’ve done this, you need to learn locate the raised hump on the F and J keys without looking at the keyboard. This help to guide your hands into the starting position on the keyboard i.e. place your left index finger on the F key and your right index finger on the J key then place the remaining three fingers on each hand on the remaining keys beside the F and J keys.
Then identify the other keys that the available fingers on each hand are responsible for by moving them up and down a row from the beginning place position
Next, open a text editor, typing software or an online typing tutor like Typing Bolt and try typing out all the alphabets. Before you type them, ensure your hands are on the keyboard (start from the F and J key), then identify which finger to use and whether you need to slide your hand up or down a row to type a particular alphabet. Replicate this process over and over for a couple of times until you can conveniently do it with reasonable accuracy (without looking at the keyboard). Be sincere to yourself, don’t cheat!
From letters, proceed to words and try typing out some simple sentences. Speed is not something important at this stage; you should only make sure you select the right keys without peeping at the keyboard. It may take several weeks before your brain and finger become well -coordinated to know which is which and no longer had to think about the position of each key. At first it can be very frustrating because you can complete the typing much faster by going back to your old method but with consistency and perseverance, you will get it right and become a pro with fast and accurate typing without looking at your keyboard. Once you’ve mastered it, you can successfully type on old keyboards with half the signs on it rubbed off as well as in low-light conditions.