Don’t Stress Over the Keyboard!
Keyboard Kinetics is one of the first modules you encounter in the MTE program, and we hear from lots of students who are worried about typing fast enough to successfully pass it off. However, it’s usually not difficult to ease the anxiety and bring even the rustiest keyboarding skills up to par once you realize a few key things.
First of all, with the abundant use of computer technology, keyboarding has pretty much become a basic life skill in 2014, so you likely already know how to type. Most of us learned keyboarding in school at some point, but even if school is a distant memory, keyboarding is like riding a bike—once you know how, you don’t forget—so the task at hand is really just to dust off the old skills and polish them up. The best way to improve existing typing skills is to practice, and there’s a lot of that ahead of you in the program! Please note: If you do not know how to type at all, we recommend taking a separate keyboarding class in addition to Keyboard Kinetics before you reach the MT/MTE practicum. The material in your program will teach proper finger placement and go through a number of basic exercises to help you learn to type. If you are an experienced typist just trying to increase your speed, this module can help you too! Your home-grown hunt-n-peck method just won’t cut it when the size of your paycheck at least partially depends on your key boarding skills!
Second, do not feel as though you must be lightning fast. The keyboarding speed threshold to pass the tests in this module is only 30 words per minute (wpm), which is within almost everyone’s reach. If you already have keyboarding experience, you are likely to be able to pass the tests easily right off the bat or with just a little practice. If you want, you can go directly to these speed tests and give them a try. If you don’t pass them, dig into the module and practice until you can pass. If you pass all six tests easily, you’re done! Just move on to the next module.
Third, don’t get stuck here! You can work on Keyboard Kinetics at the same time as you move forward with the other modules; you don’t have to pass the speed tests first. We recommend you spend about 10 to 15 minutes in Keyboard Kinetics every time you access your course to warm up and practice, so just make it part of your routine. If you consistently practice, you can’t help but get better and better. We guarantee it!