That's a lot if your idea of "typing" is two thumbs on an iPhone. That's a lot if you have to search around for the "q" or you don't know how to actually type a quotation mark.
Now is not too soon to practice your typing skills. I did a quick search on Yahoo and found this free touch-typing practice page. It looks pretty good, and there are others if you search Google. (And your local bookstore certainly has a selection of how-to books for beginning typists.)
Every college freshman struggles with time pressure; learning to produce your papers quickly and efficiently should help at least a little.
Bulletin for Ashland studentsPart of your tuition pays for a free copy of Microsoft Word, so don't buy one this summer.
- This link to our Information Technology department is the beginning point for your free download.
- I don't know how soon you have permission to download that software, but you need to sign in to MyAU Portal. The link is halfway down the page.
- The instructions for downloading MS Word are very complex. I suggest you print them out before you start.
- For Windows users (whether Ashland students or not), here is an excellent (and huge) free alternative to MS Word: Apache Open Office
- As an Apple user, I greatly prefer NeoOffice, which is Open Office ported for the Apple. It costs a bit of money, but I think it's worth the expense.
- Apple users already have Apple Pages, a very good word processor.
- And of course, we all have Google Docs. You get there from your Ashland email account.