Lesson 2: Home Row, Right Hand
Presuming you've now mastered the left-hand keys of the home row, it's now time to have a look at the right hand. Below is an exercise that focusses on these keys, in addition to the 4 you just learned. Typing is of course a cumulative skill: everything you learn builds upon what you've learned before, so you mustn't forget what you've learned!
I'm not going to let you get away with typing and not reading the Learning Principles again, so here they are:
- No mistakes. Always be sure and in control. Follow the principle of 100% correct practice: to make a mistake is to learn incorrect things, and to confuse that which you already know.
- Slower is faster. Speed comes from certainty. The more you type things correctly, no matter how slow it has to be, the more certain you will be, and the faster you will become a proficient typist. Increase speed only when you feel sure enough to do so.
- Don't look at the keyboard! If you don't know where a key is, look at the keyboard to find it, then look away and type the key. Do not guess; always be sure.
- Relax. No unnecessary or dysfunctional tension!
- Hit the keys squarely in the center. If you find you aren't consistently doing so, SLOW DOWN!!! It should feel good to type!
And because you're still new around here, you may want to read the instructions again. Take a deep breath, and when you feel ready, click the button, put your fingers on the home row and go to it!
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