Sunday, April 15, 2018


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1. Learn how to do data entry faster by doing the exercise below:
Jane Norma Doe
8875 Main Avenue
Dupont, Washington 02593

When typing Jane, lift your left hand fingers after hitting the A key with your fifth finger to eliminate the likelihood of hitting the E key before you can type a N.  
• Norma: Lift your right fingers after hitting the O key and lift your left fingers after hitting the R key.
• Dupont: Lift your left fingers after hitting the D key. 
Washington: Lift your left fingers after hitting the S key and lift your right fingers after hitting the N key the first time.

2. Practice touch typing for about ten minutes or more almost daily, making sure to use the proper fingering. 
• This will keep your keyboard touch and muscle memory stronger besides making you sharper.
Warming up, tapping your fingers and thrusting your arms forward a few times before doing a test/exercise will help you hit the ground running right away and can reduce frustration from not starting out as poorly. 
• Also, if you work on a list of certain words like I do, it helps to do it at least once a week so you'll have more ease doing the tough words you've written down when it comes to clutch time.

3. Double checking when in doubt
• If you think you may have gotten off to a wrong start on a word, check first to see if you messed up before proceeding on a test/exercise.
• It's quicker to do this rather than type another word then go back to fix the error.

4. Two of the techniques the video above covers are 1) touching the groove marks on the F and J keys and 2) not looking down. 
• If finding those marks after lifting your fingers to hit other keys works for you, more power to you; 
• But, I find it easier to slide my fingers back into position where the 2nd finger on my left hand is slightly over the F key and the 2nd finger on my right hand is slightly over the J key. 
• As for never looking down, it's okay to look up if you're having a bad day and having trouble hitting a particular key such as the apostrophe key or comma key even though you may usually have it mastered.

5. Make doing long or tough words easier by mentally breaking them down into two or three parts. 
• For example, I wrote the word "particular" in the paragraph above. 
• You can do this word by solely focusing on "part" then typing it out then doing "ic" then doing "ular". 
• Type: particular expediency circuitously

6. Typing "than" words
• To avoid accidentally typing "that", slightly raise your left fingers after hitting T key.
• Type: "I thank you for giving me that advice."

7. Doing "co" words
• You'll prevent hitting the O key first by slightly raising your right fingers before hitting the C key.
• Type: cold could come

8. Not being too picky what finger to use
• If a particular finger wants to type a letter or number, use that finger. For example, you may be accustomed to using the 3rd finger on your left hand to hit the E key after typing a Z but your 4th finger may want to take over during a test.
• Taking turns using both of these fingers to hit the E key, type: zebra, zen

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