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Peters Online Typing Lesson 14 Homework

Well if you've made it this far (and have been honest about your progress!), give yourself a great big pat on the back! You now have under your command all of the letters and some basic punctuation, which will probably get you through a good 90% or so of your typing needs. If you keep good form and do not let yourself make mistakes, you won't be able to help but get faster and faster with time.

This lesson is a chance for you to take a pause from new learning, and consolidate that which you have already learned. Rather than giving you individual words to learn, I thought it'd be nice for you to hone your skills with real sentences from real sources, of your choosing!

Since you're using this course, you're obviously on the Internet, and thus you have pretty much the entire world in text-format at your disposal! So, go out there on the Web, and copy some text to practise your typing with. You can go to your favourite news site, or a poem site, or copy the weather report, or your friend's last email, or ANTHING! When you return, simply paste the text you've copied into the below box and hit the button!

Here are some links if you're short on ideas:

If you've returned, paste your stuff in the box below! Note that anything beyond 500 characters will be truncated, and all line breaks will be removed. When you finish your exercise, you will see approximately how fast you are typing, measured in words per minute (WPM).

After you've done this successfully this a few times, try the Most Common Words Typing Exercise. After that, poke around the Typing Practice area of this site and enjoy your hard-earned skills so far!

Also check out musical typing & speed typing exercises for this lesson:
  • Musical Typing (all letters) - generate music with your keystrokes, again making you type rhythmically while testing your powers of concentration. Cool musical arrangements by yours truly!
  • Speed Typing (all letters) - a simpler version of the below exercise that allows you to type faster and focus on the rhythm of your typing

So here we go: Paste some stuff in the box below & hit the green button to create the exercise, or if you like, click here for some random words.

Welcome to Lesson 1! First, a little orientation: at the top of every lesson you'll see a diagram of the keyboard that highlights in yellow the keys you will be working on. In subsequent keyboarding lessons the keys you have already learned but are not the focus of the lesson will be coloured green. It is vital that you will have mastered those keys before moving onto a new lesson. Mastery, for purposes of this course means that you can confidently and consistently type a lesson exercise in under 60 seconds with NO errors.

With that out of the way, here we go!

The is a key concept in typing (sorry for the pun!). It is that middle horizontal row of the keyboard that starts with A and goes all the way across. The idea behind the home row is that each finger remains in light contact with a particular key there when it is not typing in order to keep "grounded", providing a reference point for every other key. Here are the "home keys" for each of your 8 fingers:

Left hand pinkyA
Left hand ringS
Left hand middleD
Left hand indexF
Right hand indexJ
Right hand middleK
Right hand ringL
Right hand pinky;

If you have a relatively recent keyboard, it more than likey has some sort of bump you can feel on the F and J keys, where your index fingers go. This is of course to help you quickly find the home row when you're not looking at the keyboard.

Place your fingers gently on their respective keys now, light enough so that you are not actually pressing them! This is where your fingers "hang out" when they're not typing, and where they "spring" back to just after they have finished typing another key somewhere else. It is very important for your fingers to be able to go to these keys at any time, at a split second's notice. Practice taking your hands away and placing them on these keys several times, until you can do it confidently, and without looking.

The space bar is pressed with either thumb. Most people probably use only one thumb, the one on their dominant hand. The thumbs basically float comfortably in the air when not in use.

Below is your first interactive exercise based on the four left-hand home keys: ASDF. These are typed with the left-hand pinky, ring finger, middle finger and index finger respectively. Before typing even a single letter, please keep ALL of the in mind. Here are the instructions; all the exercises in all the lessons work this way, so read carefully:

  • Press the "Click here to start" button, then type what you see on the screen. If you type correctly, the letter will turn to grey. If you err, it won't, and you will hear an error sound.
  • To do the same again (which you should do if you make ANY mistakes), press the "Go again!" button that appears when you finish.
  • Remember, shoot for no errors!! That is the most important thing right now. Speed means nothing; certainty and correctness are what's important.
  • For practical purposes, you can consider yourself having mastered an exercise only if you are able to type three reloaded screens of exercises in a row in under 60 seconds each, with no errors, confidently.

Take a moment to tap your left hand fingers on your desk/table/thigh while saying the letters they will be typing (a, s, d, f), as in the above diagram. Do it forwards & backwards, and inside-out!

Sorry for the nonsense words to come, but there's only so much you can do with only 4 letters and the space bar! Make sure you are going slow enough to prevent mistakes. Be sure of every key; do not guess. And of course, don't look at the keyboard!

new! If you're feeling brave, you can also try the musical typing and speed typing variations of this lesson!

Click the orange button to begin the exercise, and start typing:


If the above exercise isn't working for you, please click here.

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