In digital world that we live in, typing is a very essential skill at the work place, at school or even at home. This is why typing is currently a part of studying program in kindergartens, schools and colleges. As a parent, you should ensuму that your children have the right keyboarding skills. However, being able to type fast is one thing and typing accurately is another. Even as your child learn to type, you need to help them improve typing accuracy.
Typing errors have a high impact on a child’s typing speed. Even a seasoned touch typist can spend a lot of time correcting typing errors. Improved accuracy can lead to improving speed hence improved productivity in whichever area the skill is utilized.
Here are ways to improve typing accuracy
1. Proper posture
In most cases, people tend to overlook proper typing posture as most of them focus on typing faster. If your child seats in the wrong posture, he/she can develop posture related to illnesses such as carpal tunnel syndrome and with time this affects typing accuracy as well as speed. Proper typing posture increases kids’ energy levels and allows their fingers to rest on the correct keys leading to accurate typing. Proper posture means resting your feet at 90 degrees on the floor and your wrist at the same level with the keyboard.
2. Practice, practice
When your child gets enough practice he will master every key position and finger placement. It may take time but as the saying goes, “practice makes perfect”. Once your child mastered all the typing techniques, he wouldn’t make mistakes any more.
3. Master home row
Train your kids to use home row as much as possible. By doing so they can simply improve typing accuracy. Their fingers should rest lightly on the keys A, S, D and F for their left hand and J, K, and L on the right hand. Train them to move only the necessary fingers to the required keys and you will be amazed by the improved typing accuracy.
4. Avoid looking at the keyboard
Typing accuracy is all in our muscle memory. This can be hard in the beginning but you should resist the urge to look. Train them always look at the monitor because looking at the keyboard can affect their speed and accuracy since they wouldn’t identify a mistake in time.
5. Typing games
We know that every kid like games. By introducing typing games your children will get fun in the activity. They will spend most of time typing on the keyboard and with time they will become proficient in typing. As they play games, they are competing with other online gamers and accuracy is crucial for them to win. With that in mind, they will put more efforts on accuracy and it will end up becoming their second nature.
6. Typing tests
This is the best way to improve typing accuracy. There are numerous typing tutors that can do wonders on accuracy. When your child takes a typing test, a tutor will not only track the speed, they also review the total number of words typed wrongly. Few of such words per minute tests can be found at http://www.ratatype.com/typing-test/ or http://10fastfingers.com/typing-test/english as the easier test.
With these tips you can help your children to improve typing accuracy, speed and reduce the number of effors.
Adam Fort is an AU Education Science Center advisor and touch typing enthusiast. His goal is to spread the knowledge about “blind” typing amoung the kids.