Typing Tutor Help

How to Use This Page:

Begin each session by selecting a lesson. Click on the Continue button. About two seconds after making your selection, instruction begins. Watch the screen. When a key changes color press that key on your keyboard. You have a given amount of time to respond, depending upon the skill level you have chosen. If you press the correct key, another key covered in the lesson will change color in the same manner.

Click on the "STOP" button to end your lesson and review your results.

As you work through the lessons remember this: There is nothing wrong with accidentally pressing the wrong key. All that happens is the smiley-face changes to a frown. The program keeps track of your mistakes for you so just keep trying to press the correct key without looking.

As long as you continue pressing the correct key in the given amount of time, the smiley-face remains. Remember: Keep trying to press the correct key without looking at your fingers.

Not every key on the keyboard is covered in this tutorial. All of the commonly-used keys are covered.

NEW ! !

Progress charts have now been added to this typing application. This addition makes it possible for students to print off a visual representation of practice sessions completed in the school lab or at home. The chart can be handed in for the teacher to examine and record the student's progress.

The chart displays the results of each test taken by the student. A record of each test is maintained until the browser is closed. In the event the student wishes to delete these records and start fresh, a “Clear History” button is provided on the application's home page.

The default chart-type is a Line chart. By clicking on the “Chart Type” selector a student can choose between Line, Area, Column, Bar and Scatter charts. (Suggestion: To save on ink in your color printer avoid using the Area chart)

Getting started:

This typing tutor program has been developed to help beginners learn the location of keys on the computer keyboard. Most people want to look at the keyboard as they type -- a habit that is difficult to break. If you wish to input data to a computer with the least amount of effort, you need to learn the location of keys without having to look.

This is not an impossible task. We all brush our teeth without poking ourselves in the eye with the toothbrush. We drive vehicles without having to look at the pedals on the floor each time we stop or go. We can also learn to press the desired key on the keyboard without looking -- all that is required is discipline and practice.

If you really desire to learn to type, this page will be a very valuable tool, if you use it correctly.

Finger Placement:

Begin by placing the four fingers of each hand on the home-row. The first finger of the left-hand should cover the "F" key, while each of the other fingers cover each key to the left. The first finger of the right-hand should cover the "J" key, while each of the other fingers cover each key to the right.

The first finger of the left-hand will also be used to press the "R", "T", "G", "B", and "V" keys. The first finger of the right-and will also be used to press the "U", "Y", "H", "N", and "M" keys.

Use the thumb of the right-hand to press the "Space" bar, and use your "Pinky" on the right-hand to press the "Apostrophe" key and the "Enter" key.

The first finger of your right-hand should be used to press the "6" and "7" keys unless you are using an ergonomic keyboard where the "6" key is located among the left-hand group of keys.

All of the other keys in the rows above and below the home-row should be pressed with the same finger near them on the home-row.

Skill Levels:

The default skill level is "Medium." By changing to "Slow" or "Fast" you change the amount of time the page waits for your response. If you are a beginner you may want to start by using the slowest skill level.

Errors:

As long as you press the correct key in the required amount of time you will receive no error messages. When you press any key other than that expected you will receive the error message. Trying to correct an error by pressing the correct key after making a mistake will not help. It can even cause your resulting score to be much lower.


Thank you!

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