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What is Hunting & Pecking?

Hunting and pecking is when a person doesn't have the keyboard memorized and uses two fingers, or incorrect fingers, to individually type each key. They find each key by sight. Hunting and pecking limits an individuals productivity on the computer, making them inefficient and slow.

Here at Keyboarding Online we have created unique and patented features that will help students break, overcome, and eliminate hunting and pecking habits.

The Cycle of Hunting & Pecking

The Cycle of Hunting & Pecking refers to a three step process that is followed by individuals who hunt and peck.

The Cycle of Hunting & Pecking

  • Step 1: Those who hunt and peck first look at the text that they need to type, which isn't a bad thing. Essentially, that should be the only thing they do. This would be called "Touch Typing."

  • Step 2: Once the individual has memorized a section of text that they need to type, they find themselves looking down at the keyboard to locate each key. They find a key, press it, then look for the next key, and so on and so forth.

  • Step 3: Once the individual has typed the memorized text, they look at where they typed to find errors that may have been made. If errors were made then they go back to Step 2 to fix them or begin the cycle again and memorize more text.

It sounds like a big mess, right? Keyboarding is a simple process that can quickly be made difficult and ineffective when not using good practices.

What's wrong with Hunting & Pecking?

Individuals who type with their two index fingers commonly limit out at speeds of 30 WPM or less (if they're really good). An average professional typist consistently reaches speeds upwards of 80 WPM, or more. Hunting & Pecking also increases the risk of repetitive motion injury.

Keyboarding Online has developed methods to develop speed and accuracy with good technique. We can break the Cycle of Hunting & Pecking!

How we fix Hunting & Pecking

We address this issue with two unique, patented features in our program:

  • Blackout Timing View
  • Timer Timeout

Blackout Timing View

To prevent students from looking at what they are typing, we implemented the "blackout" feature to hide the text that the student is typing. This feature encourages good technique and hurts those that hunt and peck causing more errors and slower speeds.

Example of the Blackout feature

Students who routinely hunt and peck will be slowed down, and will make too many errors--causing them to redo the timing and use proper technique.

Timer Timeout

The timer timeout is a feature that serves two purposes. First, it keeps students actively typing for the full length of the timing. If this feature is enabled and a student pauses for too long, the timing will reset, forcing the student to restart.

The second reason is that it prevents hunting and pecking. If you set the timer to 2 seconds you cannot hunt and peck. When you hunt and peck, you pause typing to look up and memorize new text before looking down and starting again.

Students who use good technique will not even notice the timer timeout. However, for those who don't, this feature will strongly encourage them to practice good technique.

If you want to stop hunting and pecking, set the Timer Timeout to 2 seconds (or even less, but 2 seconds is a good starting point) and use the Blackout Timing feature.

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