This exercise has you cover the entire keyboard in one big zig-zagging motion, up and down. Make sure you are using the correct fingers on each key, or you will be doing more harm than good!
Also, as the purpose of this exercise is to help develop your tactile sense of the keyboard, remember not to look at the keyboard or you will be defeating its purpose!
Please keep these principles in mind before you begin:
- 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.
- Type to a steady rhythm. Generally, the time between keystrokes should be the same, giving you a sense of flow and the ability to scan ahead at a constant speed.
- Relax. No unnecessary or dysfunctional tension. Enjoy the rhythm of your own typing!
- Hit the keys squarely in the center. If you find you aren't consistently doing so, SLOW DOWN!!! It should feel good to type!
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