You Russians need to have characters that don't look so much alike! I could spell things correctly were it not for в and б, у and ч, ш and щ, л and п, э and з. I know these are different letters with different sounds, and I even know where they appear in the alphabet; but when hunting for the correct letter on the keyboard it's so easy to pick the wrong one. Can you all do something about this?
(This is of course tongue-in-cheek, as we say in English. Pardon my vent!)
After a while you'll get used to it haha. It took me a good month but I got it down ^°^ keep at it!
Having a file to look at w/ the keyboard layout or printing out the layout on a piece of paper and putting it where you can refer to it while typing both work. You can also use a downloaded or online typing trainer, such as klavaro or keybr.com. Or you can use this primitive but effective method, which is described in my only comment to the given post.
To help memorize the keyboard, you could try putting tape on your keyboard with the Russian letter over the normal English ones. It can be hard, I know, to learn a different alphabet but you can do it with practice.
I saved a Russian keyboard layout to my photos, and I pull that up whenever I'm on the computer. That way I'm not even looking down at my keyboard. Just a quick glance to my second monitor (or some unobtrusive location on your monitor).
Nice method also. The tape over letters I actually have not used but it is a way to learn it. The way I memorized it personally was actually to look at the on-screen keyboard my Windows 10 has. I pulled it up when needed and looked at it while typing until I could fairly type the keyboard.
I was doing this too, but when I started using Duolibro, the onscreen keyboard would only show English. So glad I found out about Duolibro (Chrome app).
What exactly does Duolibro do? It looks interesting.
Instead of swapping back and forth between the English and Russian keyboards (either by taskbar or shortcut), Duolibro automatically changes your keyboard input to the correct language by reading information from your Duolingo page. So it knows whether you need English or Russian, or whatever supported language you may want.
That would be life saving. Thanks for the recommendation, I'll have to look into that.
Oh I have a Russian keyboard saved to my desktop; I just get the look-alike letters confused when hunting for the right one.
I would practice typing out the alphabet in order, then work backwards, practice typing words or paragraphs you find in articles (even if you don't understand what you are typing). Anything to get the keyboard memorized so you can be free from looking at the keyboard or reference.
buy keyboard with Russian and English letters. In Russia, almost all have the keyboard. If you can not buy the keyboard, that is, to the keyboard stickers with Russian letters.