Touch Typing vs Hunting and Pecking
Did you know there is a scientific difference between “hunting and pecking” and “touch typing” when typing. Someone who hunts and pecks at the keyboard may be using 2, 4 or even all their fingers, but if they look, even just once, they are hunting and pecking.
A touch typist knows the location on the keyboard through muscle memory and does not look at the keyboard when typing. This allows the typist to type faster, almost as quick as the thoughts can come into your head. This cannot be achieved with either hunting and pecking or handwriting.
Touch Typing – Why is the Cerebellum is important
The cerebellum is located at the base of the brain, just above the brain stem, where the spinal cord meets the brain, and is made of two hemispheres. It is shown here by the large blue cog.
It plays an important role in motor output and sensory perception. It integrates pathways in the brain that send information to muscles and provides feedback of the position of the body in space. The cerebellum plays a role in muscle tension important for maintaining posture and fine finger movement when touch typing.
Now, that is all the scientific reasoning but lets explain that in a easier way.
By training your brain to work without conscious thought, it will allow you to concentrate on the other tasks at hand and not the process. This will increase your productivity, speed, accuracy and creativity.
What are Qwertynomics Keyboard Covers?
To store all of your new touch typing skills to the cerebellum you have to remove the vision from the eyes to the fingers. You can discipline yourself not to ever look but that is quite hard for young children to do.
We have designed a keyboard cover to help and is an essential part of our methodology. The Qwertynomics Keyboard Cover comes as part of every on-site and online course.
The keyboard cover is placed over your hands and keyboard when learning to type. This helps students concentrate on looking at the screen and not at their hands.
A colour coded keyboard is printed on the top of the keyboard covers. This unique colour combination is in alignment with our typing software and enhances the learning experience for all learning styles.
Students can still look at the keyboard cover for reference when learning as the brain is not associating this with the fingers, allowing the cerebellum to create new muscle memories and so students are now learning to type by touch.
What happens if I look at my fingers when I type?
If you look at your fingers when you type, you are storing and retrieving that information from your Frontal Cortex. This part of your brain is already busy and is trying to concentrate on lots of things. Imagine, this is going on in your head when you hunt and peck.
- Where is the letter P?
- Where is the letter A?
- What time is it?
- Where was I typing on the page?
- What did she just say?
- Where is the letter I?
- I am hungry?
- Where is the letter N?
- What was I writing?
- Wiggle the mouse to find the cursor again
This is just a fraction of the activity that is going on in your frontal cortex.
Now imagine you can concentrate on what you are typing without having to think about how to type the letters. It is just like the flow out of your head straight onto the keyboard, easily and quickly. You can also keep your eyes on the teacher, co-worker, presentation or speaker. Wouldn’t that be helpful.
What is Automatism?
For more than a century, scientists have recognized the existence of “automatism,” which is the ability to perform complicated actions without conscious thought or intention. Automatic behaviors of this type are common daily activities and range from touch typing to tying shoelaces, to serving a tennis ball, riding a bicycle, driving a car etc.
Copy typists learn to touch type at a high speed, which means they can look at the copy they are typing and do not need to look at the keyboard they are typing on. This increases speed and productivity as they can keep their eyes in one place. It also allows for a higher degree of accuracy, providing you have learnt how to type correctly.
The copy or source can be hand written notes perhaps from a book, a play, or a TV show. It might be their own notes — perhaps notes from a class, homework, minutes from a meeting or notes from a talk, lecture, or presentation.
Once students have learnt how to touch type effectively with Qwertynomics, we enhance their learning by teaching them how to copy type effectively and safely. You may be wondering why this can be unsafe. If you do not place your document in a location close to the screen, extra strain can be placed on the back and the spine increasing the risk of injuries.
Come and join us and learn the amazing skill of touch typing.