A free typing tutorial to help beginners learn the basics of keyboarding. This tutorial covers what the home row is and how it is used in typing. Methods and tips for practicing are also discussed.
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hello everyone this is Anson from Anson Alex calm and in this video I'm going to provide you with an overview tutorial on the standard typing technique to help you increase your typing speed and efficiency if you are somebody who feels like they're not typing fast enough or you're always looking at the keyboard when you're typing then this is perfect for you I will say that some people have developed their own typing techniques that work really well if you can type fast and you don't have to look at the keyboard then maybe you don't need to use the standard typing technique but again if you feel like you've hit a plateau in your typing speed and accuracy this is the way to go you can increase your speed you'll have less errors when typing so that means less hitting the backspace and having to re-type things and it will increase your overall computing efficiency because primarily you don't have to look at the keyboard so you can be looking at something else while you're typing you can kind of multitask in a sense so you can get more things done in less time so in order to start typing with the standard technique we need to learn a few things so let's talk about what the standard technique involves in the standard typing technique each key on the keyboard hat is associated with one of your fingers so you know there's only one finger that's going to type the a key only one finger the type cell key and so forth and you can see with the chart that I have up on the screen which finger is responsible for which key it may be a good idea to print this chart out and put it next to your computer as you're starting to learn the standard typing technique so that you don't forget which finger is responsible for each key this chart along with all the links that I'm going to mention in this video are available on ants and Alex comm there's a link to that article in the description of this video here on YouTube so that will have all the resources that I mentioned here in this video so if you look at the picture that I have up on the screen we have all the finger responsibilities at the top but then at the bottom we have what are called – home row keys and this is really your baseline place to go when you start typing with the standard technique these are the keys that your eight fingers should always be resting on when they're not being used obviously your thumbs aren't fingers so your thumbs kind of hang around that spacebar you can see in the chart there that your thumbs are really only responsible for pressing the spacebar but your other fingers have a lot of responsibilities and in order to make them work efficiently we need to have a place for them to go when they're not being used it's a central location so as you can see the home row keys are a SD and F for your left hand and JKL and semicolon for your right hand again this is where your fingers should be when they're not typing and it's extremely important when you first start typing to not cheat per se because it could be easy if you're typing a word like let's say nut both the first two letters or with your pointer finger and you would probably be able to go directly from n to you and that's fine once you are comfortable typing and you've built in some muscle memory but that can be detrimental to your progress in learning how to type correctly if you start cheating from the beginning because typing is a multi-faceted skill one part of it is just knowing where the keys are and remembering where the keys are but beyond that it's also takes some physical ability your fingers aren't going to be used to all the positions that they need to go into when you first start typing so by making sure that you're always going back to that home row you're kind of working out your fingers per se so they get used to where they're always going back to they get used to making the proper movement for each letter on the keyboard so it's really important to always go back to that home row now if you're just looking to learn how to type efficiently on your own there are some things that you can do to make sure that you improve your skills without kind of just stagnating a little bit because it takes some responsibility so first of all try to type correctly in your day-to-day activities as much as possible I know it might not be easy it might be a little frustrating at first and for a lot of you you might actually type slower at first than you did with your own technique because you're not used to it and your own technique you probably have been doing for years and you've got pretty efficient with that technique but what happens with the techniques that people kind of create on their own is they have a plateau that you're not using your fingers as efficiently as possible so there comes a point where you just can't increase your typing speed with the method that you're using so the standard technique that I'm teaching you in this video is a technique that has a lot a much higher plateau so once you really become an advanced typer your speed is definitely going to be faster than most people who are using a customized typing technique that aren't using their fingers as efficiently remember again always go back to the home row when you're practicing if you want to break it up a little bit you can try some typing games so there's a website free typing game net I'll post a link again in the answer Alex calm article that I'm going to link in the description of this video here on YouTube but that's a good way to just break up how you're practicing your typing you can play games like space invaders and stuff like that just so you can have a little fun while you're learning how to type it's not always the the funnest thing to do and then of course a few years ago I published a course on LinkedIn learning which at the time was lynda.com and that is a multi-faceted course it covers specific tips and techniques for how each finger should be used when typing on the keyboard and it also comes with a practice module that allows you to test your typing speed and accuracy both for specific modules within the course and then cumulatively at the end of the course at the end of each section so if you're looking for the crash course to learn real quick then that's probably the best way to go but again you can learn this on your own you have to be diligent and you have to hold yourself responsible for always typing the correct way going back to the home row even when it feels unnatural and even when it feels like your typing speed is hurt by that so I hope you found this video helpful if you did I would really appreciate a thumbs up here in YouTube if you want to see more technology tips and tutorials don't forget to subscribe to my youtube channel that's all I have for you for today this is Anson from Anson Alex calm