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      15.09.2009 18:56
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      Good all round software for all ages!

      My Grandmother got this software for free with her first computer, a few years ago.
      I used it almost every time I was at her house, it was choreless.
      Not only was I learning how to type efficently which has benefitted me endlessly at school, college and work, it also was quite fun to do, with timed tests, exams to see how fast you can type certain words and even practice on typing letters that don't normally go together in words, in order to full exercise your fingers and really get you used to flexible typing.
      I'd say if you have children around 7 or 8, this is the perfect starting age for this kind of software as it is very simple, easy to pick up and use and will vastly help their typing skills as most work in schools, colleges etc is based on computers these days.
      Fantastic software for all ages.
      Adults can use it too as it isn't too dumbed down either.

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        It's a great program if you're willing to put in time regularly.

        I learnt to touch type several years ago now, and I have to say that it's one of the best things I ever decided to do. Normally I don't have the will power or the determination to sit down and do something like this for myself but I got such a sense of achievement at being able to do it, and that's all thanks to Mavis Beacon.

        **What is touch typing?**
        Touch typing is the ability to type without looking at the keys. A daunting prospect to those who type with just two fingers, especially when you actually see someone do it. I remember, back in Year 9 (so about five years ago) when I did I.T. lessons people would crowd around the computer in amazement when I could look them in the eye and still type both quickly and accurately.

        It's an incredibly useful skill to have for those who use computers in the workplace, but also for students who have to type up huge assignments and for those who use the computer for hobbies - particularly when chatting on the internet in chat rooms or on Instant Messengers (IM). Touch typing allows you to keep up with what can often be quite fast-paced conversations.

        I've found there to be only one disadvantage to touch typing and that is that now I find my fingers go faster than I can think sometimes, my fingers get so used to typing combinations like 'ing' that I find myself typing 'thing' instead of 'thin'. And sometimes I seem to subconsciously type 'now' when I mean 'not' which does have implications - after all:
        'I can now help you'
        'I can not help you'
        Both of these make sense so confusing them in my typing sometimes confuses the reader or puts across the wrong message. However I think that this is just crazy ol' me and it's often a source of amusement for friends I talk to in IM conversations. Thankfully it doesn't happen that often and when typing more serious or formal documents I'm able to spell-check and proof-read!!

        Other than this I think the benefits of touch typing far outweight the negatives.

        **Who is Mavis Beacon?**
        Mavis Beacon is the UK's number 1 selling typing software, and has sold over 6 million copies. According to my research, it's also won 15 'prestigious' awards. Try as I might I can't find that much information regarding the woman herself, if she even exists. But having a face to this software reiterates the fact that this really is like having your own personal tutor.

        Mavis Beacon makes learning to type challenging and engaging, even fun at times. Of course, it's not easy. When I started (with version 9) it took me a long time to progress. At times I found it frustrating and came close many times to giving up, but the program helped me by targeting my weak areas. I'm the kind of person who'd much rather work on my strengthes and ignore the keys I'm no good at (namely numbers and symbols) but Mavis urges you to practice your weaknesses until you finally get everything up to a similar level.

        Having reached the advanced level and averaging around 80wpm (words per minute) I actually somehow lost my Mavis Beacon disc so I have very recently purcharsed a more up-to-date version - 15. It's not the most recent, 16 is the most recent, but I was more than happy to get the 15th version, and that is the one I'll be reviewing.

        **80 words per minute?! Why do you need Mavis Beacon now then?**
        Well, touch typing is a skill that needs regular practice, no matter how accurate you are or how fast you can type, it's inevitable that over time your performance will weaken. So it's good to have a brush up.
        Before I started learning to type I could already type pretty quickly - I've grown up around computers and got to know pretty quickly from playing lots of computer games which involved typing actions in where all the keys were. For those of you who used the 'hunt and peck' method of two-finger typing, don't despair! With the 'hunt and peck' method you'll average about 10wpm, with some perseverence, hard work and a little help from Mavis you'll be averaging the 60wpm of an accomplished touch-typist in no time!

        **How will Mavis help me?**
        There are several features with this program that for me make it stand out as one of the best out there.

        # Adaptive Responsive Technology (ART) - As I already mentioned, Mavis is able to work out what your weaknesses are and she'll tailor lessons to suit an individual user's age and skill-level. This is one of the best features of the program in my opinion. Everyone is different and everyone learns at a different pace so I think it's great that a program can adapt to suit almost everyone.

        # Variety - there are lessons on many different subject matters, at a beginner's level you'll type out letter combinations to build up accuracy, then you'll try practice sentences before working up to paragraphs and fun facts. You might find yourself typing famous quotes, or passages from classic literature such as 'Aladdin' or 'The Secret Garden'. Some lessons will test your speed, others your accuracy and some will test your rhythm. At the end of sections you'll be tested so you can see how you are progressing. For example, I just did a Paragraph quiz which involved typing a section from Washington Irving's 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and this is what it said:

        Good job. Are you ready for the next lesson? Your accuracy was 96% and your Typing Speed was 97 WPM. You made 25 errors in this lesson, so your Adjusted Typing Speed was 93 AWPM.

        # Extras outside of the classroom - you don't have to confine yourself to the lessons set by Mavis, there are other ways of improving your typing too:
        - Media Centre - here there are interactive guides and videos on the importance of ergonomics and sitting correctly. Mavis will remind you to sit up straight from time to time during the lessons too! There are lots of practice lessons here too, so if you fancy typing some of the classic literature I spoke about earlier, or maybe about folklore or other topics, this is the place to go!
        - Custom Lesson Designer - you can import things in to suit your own specific interests. I've never tried this before but I might give it a go!
        - Games - there are 8 in total - all of which focus on different areas. For example, Far Away Adventures makes you work on your rhythm, Road Race helps you with your speed, Space Junk works on accuracy when typing common letter combinations like 'tion' 'ship' and 'ment'. Check-Out Time is the only specific number game, where you have to key in 'prices' on the checkout before they fly off. I enjoy all the games, though I do struggle with the rhythm one. The games can be incorporated into the lessons, and you can control how frequently (if ever) they occur by clicking on 'Settings'
        - Individual Settings - this is a program which can be used by anyone aged 8 and up which makes it perfect for just about the whole family. Each member can have their own settings and their lessons will be specific to their own skill level. When you register as a user (a quick and simple process which involves you giving your age-range, what kind of keyboard you are using, and whether you want to type using the standard keyboard - letters - or the number pad) you can then set yourself a goal of how many WPM you want to type. Mavis will tell you when you reach this goal, you can change it at anytime and you get the option to print off a certificate when you reach your goal. You can even chose what kind of keyboard the guide hands type on - a standard or a Microsoft® Natural® Elite keyboard - which is one of the ones which is split down the middle.
        - Progress tracking - Mavis allows you to see which specific keys you are having trouble with as well as seeing how you have progressed over time with regards to speed and accuracy.

        **Technical Babble**
        Graphics - these aren't superb on my computer. I keep getting an annoying pop-up thing telling me to change the resolution settings to get a better picture. But I don't like to fiddle in case I accidently blow something up (trust me, it could happen, I really am *that* bad with computers!) and to be honest it isn't all that bad as it is. The graphics in the games are good, but nothing spectacular, and as you can see from the photos I've included the layout for the lessons is rather basic. The 3D guide hands are rather impressive though, and I think that the basic look is fine for a program of this kind.

        Sound - In short, you need it. To make the most of the dictation lessons, which are very useful and great fun you need a compatible soundcard (this is stated in the system requirements). However, for some reason on the old computer the speakers didn't work and I was still able to use Mavis Beacon. I didn't get to hear her words of wisdom or have her encourage me as she does if you have sound (might annoy you a little when she says things like "Good job!" or "Look out world, here comes a great typist!" but I think that it's a nice touch). I also had to skip past the dictation lessons until I could get this fixed. There is music and sound effects in the games, and music plays during the lessons too - this isn't too bad but you do have the option to change this or turn it off if it annoys you. One criticism I had of the earlier version was that you needed the disc in to be able to run the program - this is no longer the case so you can play a CD or have something else there while you're typing.

        Other system requirements - A lot of this means nothing to me so I'll just give it to you straight and not say too much about it.
        The program will run on Window® 98/Me/2000/XP and you'll need:
        - Pentium® II Processor or faster
        - 128 MB RAM
        - 200 MB hard disk space
        - 8 speed CD-ROM drive
        - High colour 16 bit display
        - Windows compatible soundcard and mouse

        The program is easy to run and install - I've only experienced problems with it a couple of times, when it just said that it was experiencing a problem and needed to close - I just opened the program again and carried on without a problem.

        In terms of disadvantages, I think that there are very few. My mum and sister have both had a go on this and have highlighted that it can be very frustrating learning to touch-type. I remember myself getting very angry with myself when I was learning and my sister, who tried also to learn at the same time I did was not able to work past this frustration and gave up. She's recently started again now I have got v15 and is progressing well. She started at a beginner level and already Mavis has introduced her to a lot of the keys. Once her confidence in using these keys is sufficiently high, Mavis will teach her the next set of keys..and so it will continue until she has learnt all the keys and is confident enough to progress to an intermediate level where she will face more challenging texts, be pushed to improve her speed and accuracy, and eventually tackle transcription and dictation tasks.

        The texts for the transcription exercises are found in the user manual, which is on the disc itself. A good idea, since with my earlier version I lost the manual at one point, but this means that when the time comes you need to print off the relevant texts to complete the transcription exercises. The transcriptions for the dictations exercises can also be found on there I believe. Mavis will dictate in a clear voice and she does pause after 10 seconds or so of speaking. If she's going a bit too fast for you and you miss what she said there's the option to listen again.

        To be honest, Mavis is such a good guide that you probably won't need to consult the manual too many times. Hold the mouse over something and a title will probably appear and Mavis will explain what it is. There's a quick help section on there, which allows you to click on things and it'll tell what they do.

        **My Opinion**
        I couldn't recommend this program more - it's been so helpful in getting me to my goal of being able to touch type quickly and accurately. Sure, it wasn't easy - it took me a couple of months to learn all the keys - including numbers and symbols and then several months to build up speed, accuracy and confidence. And in the years since I learnt to do that I've had to maintain it. So I'm not going to tell you that it's easy. But it's a skill that has made my life much easier. Typing coursework, letters, e-mails, and chatting in IM conversations takes a fraction of the time it used to. It's a skill I know I'll be using all the time at university - which is the main reason I chose to purchase another copy of Mavis Beacon. I did hunt for some online typing tutors, but found nothing in the same league as Mavis. Having to sit through the more basic levels which were incredibly useful to me when I was learning from the beginning would now prove very boring to me, but thankfully Mavis gives you the option to take a test and she'll determine what stage you need to be at, so thankfully when installing my new version I was able to start off from the advanced level again. If, on the other hand, you know that you're a complete beginner, and it takes you about 10 minutes to find the space bar, then you can just start right from the basics.

        A criticism would be that sometimes the typing activities are a little long, but if you know that there is one you don't want to do, you can skip right through it (something I chose to do through some of the symbols lessons). The only ones you have to take are the quizzes, which help to monitor your progress.

        All in all this is a great program, ideal for anyone wanting to learn to touch type. It's incredibly versatile, fun and you will see results if you stick with it - Mavis recommends 15 minutes of practice a day.

        **Price and Availablity**
        Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Version 15 retails at £29.99 in most places - such as PC World, however you can get it for £24.99 on Amazon.co.uk.

        I think that this is incredibly good value for money since it's a program that you will be able to keep on using - even once you reach the advanced level and can touch type with considerable speed and accuracy, it's good to keep coming back to Mavis Beacon to maintain the level you've reached. It can be used by more than one person, from ages 8 and above. I know that Mavis Beacon was used by the GCSE Business and Communication Studies classes at my old school as they had to learn to touch-type as part of their course and a friend of mine who was in my German class is now able to touch-type at a good speed and with very good accuracy. I therefore highly recommend Mavis Beacon to anyone of any age wanting to learn to touch type for any reason!

        Thanks for reading and Happy Typing!

        P.S. Apologies for any typing errors in this review - I know, it's hardly a good advert for Mavis Beacon, but it's most likely due to my poor proof-reading skills.

        lora44

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          22.11.2004 23:05
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          My mum has just started a computer course in our town as part of Borders College. It is quite rightly called ‘COMPUTING FOR THE TERRIFIED’. The course is for the over 50’s and they have just been playing about learning how to use the mouse, how to use Microsoft Word etc. She came back one day and mentioned a great piece of software that helps to use the keyboard, enabling anyone to type correctly, in the correct position but also included some great games to play as well.

          As part of my mum’s birthday present, my dad bought her this amazing piece of software so she was able to practice at home. It is called Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing. The version she uses at the college she thinks could be 9 but that one does not work on Windows XP (our home computer) so she went for version 12.

          The front of the box looks pretty dull and something you would expect from a teaching piece of software – it looks professional and has a woman on the front with a happy look on her face (Mavis Beacon). There are no fancy graphics but the woman is in front of a picture of some keyboard keys. Turning over, it looks completely different. There are screen shots showing exactly what you get from this – customised programs, On screen guide hands, Tracking your improvement (a graph) and the best part – GAMES!

          System requirements – unlike version 9, this one will work on Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP. It also needs: Pentium 166Mhz Processor, 32Mb RAM, 50Mb hard disk space, 16 bit 64-x480 colour screen, Direct X compatible video card, Direct X 8 or later, Speakers, Mouse, (Recommended) Internet Browser.

          There is technical support available from www.gsp.cc and Broderbund makes the software.

          Ok, so on to the software itself! This one is a little more advanced than what my mum is used to. It is very useful if you run a small business, if you spend time chatting on the internet (please note that you will not be taught Text messaging i.e. ‘u’ instead of ‘you’ or anything like that), or if you want to make more professional looking documents. This is a virtual classroom and a very handy piece of equipment (the whole Mavis Beacon range) that has taught millions to type properly from Beginners to Professionals. The software allows you to choose your specific age and your skill level so if you are just a beginner, you can start right at the beginning or if you are more advanced, it will let you move on to some harder things. This version is ideal for students, executives or anyone that wishes to improve their typing speed and accuracy.

          Features (from box):
          * Adapt Response Technology – Customises the programme to your strengths and weaknesses
          * Tailored Lesson Content – Lessons are based on your age and skill level. You can even import your own content to use during the exercises
          * On Screen Guide hands – Watch the guide hands to learn the correct finger positions for typing
          * 8 games – Fun-filled games will help you build your typing speed, rhythm and accuracy.

          There is nothing inside the box and annoyingly the installation instructions are on the CD itself so I would recommend you write them down (if the program doesn’t automatically load you have to click on Start, Run, then type D:/Launcher.exe (D = the letter of your CD drive) then click OK.

          When it starts to run, you have to agree to the terms before it will let you install it. You should have your speakers on or plugged in and you will hear some music which sounds a little like something from the 18th century but it livens up what is usually a boring installation. The set up process is the same as with most other software installations – wizard – choosing which file you would like it saved to on your computer etc. You still need to have the CD in your computer when you want to run the file. You can then click on ‘Run’ once it is installed.

          You also get the choice to run the course in Spanish which is a little out of my league but could be quite fun when you master the English and could help if you learn Spanish or know any Spanish (I don’t).

          You MUST have your speakers working for this course. It tells you what to click on and how to do what you need to. There is text on the screen but Mavis tells you what to do. My computer has a VERY noisy fan and it is quite hard to hear. I also didn’t notice anything to change the volume on the program itself, so you may have to exit, turn up the volume, then come back and see if it is any better.

          To begin your course, you have to choose your name from the list, or if this is your first time, you can click ‘New User’ and Next, and that will take you on to Register as a user. You have to choose your age range from the list:
          * 8 – 11
          * 12 – 15
          * 16 +

          I of course chose the 16+ but I now think I should have gone for the 8 – 11!!

          You then go on to choose your keyboard. I have no idea what my keyboard is so just chose the standard. You then have to choose whether you are using the letters or the number keypad. I like the next part as you choose the ‘Words per Minute Goal’. It tells you at the bottom what the minimum goal is for your age range and what level you should be aiming for. Age 16+ says you should have 40 words per minute and aim for 70!

          You are taken to an office, which reminds me of the Packard Bell Tuition I had on my very first computer although the graphs are not as good. E.g. click on the laptop computer to start your lessons or click on the door to play the games, click on Mavis to get some help.

          If you start with the computer, this allows you to be in a classroom situation. You are taught how to have your hands and are given a series of lessons on typing. There are no words but it helps you to get used to using the keyboard and all the different letters. There is a virtual keyboard at the bottom of the screen to show you which letters you should be typing and with which finger. The hands on the virtual computer are a sort of transparent brown colour so you can see the letters. An example of a test you can do is: ‘asa adff fasd dsds…’ etc. The letters are given above and you have to retype them below. As soon as it begins, the clock starts and it will calculate your Words Per Minute – mine were around 17 because I kept making mistakes!

          Another thing you can do is a speed test. This is a page with a typed out paragraph(s) and you have to type what is written as fast and as accurately as you can. If you make a mistake, you will hear a noise and you can go back and change it. You have short words and then longer words, which are a little harder to spell. There is a little counter at the bottom to tell you your words per minute and at the end you are given a percentage of accuracy and you can also print out your own little certificate! I didn’t bother with that.

          On to the games! There are 8 different ones to choose from. One is in a car and you are driving down the road. Words come across the screen above the steering wheel and you have to retype them. If you get a letter wrong, you get a squashed fly on the windscreen! EWW! I managed to get quite a few and it doesn’t look nice. Another is a penguin that jumps from iceberg to iceberg. You have to type the words as quickly as you can and he will keep going for about 15 words (I was busy concentrating so didn’t get a chance to count them!). There was also a sort of space invader type game, a checkout which involves using the 10 Key (Number keypad), a frog which eats flies some sort of strange worm one and a underwater tank. The graphics on these games are not top quality like you would find on any of today’s games for the Playstation or Xbox etc. but they are pretty good and will keep a child amused if they are having a go – they will be learning as well as having fan and may not even realise it!

          You would think that this was enough – but NO! You also get a MINIMAVIS on your computer! It comes as a little icon beside your clock etc. This is your personal coach. It gives you a link to MavisBeacon.com, Speed Gauge, finger positions, templates and fun stuff – here you will find emoticons and LOADS of .BMP pictures.

          Overall, I would highly recommend this for any computer user. It will also help children to spell properly in an actual classroom situation and if it was used in schools, it might save a few children from things wrongly in their English essays etc. I remember in my exam writing ‘u’ instead of ‘you’ but luckily noticed when I read through it – I don’t think the examiners would have been pleased! It has words such as ‘didn’t’ and ‘it’s’ so you become used to using the correct punctuation as well as ‘;’ and ‘,’. I think I should have started using this a long time ago!! Even though my recommended Words per Minute is supposed to be around 40 (I should be aiming for 70) – I’m lucky if I reach 41! I didn’t know I was that bad but hopefully after a few Mavis Beacon lessons, I’ll be able to churn out reviews in minutes! One thing I have noticed – the pictures just reminded me because they are all American maps: this is an American CD so gives the US spellings e.g. ‘center’ and ‘emphasize’.

          So if you are interested in buying this, you can find version 12 for the great value price of £4.99 which is a little strange as the others e.g. version 9 is going for over £10! We got ours from Amazon but remember you have to add on P&P as well as VAT so it came to a total of £8.22.


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            For years I’ve been obsessed with being able to type like a maniac on the keypad, and really believe it’s a gift! My Mother can do over 60 words per minute, and I was extremely jealous. All I wanted to be able to do was click away on those keypads like an old man chattering his false teeth! So, when I got “Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing” in the package with my computer, I was delighted, and I finally put my typing to the test! How Do I Start? Well, after installing the program, it’s really simple. When you switch it on at first you’ll have to register your name. This isn’t much of a bother; you can put your full name, just your first name, a nickname, it’s totally up to you, but you don’t have to fill form after form telling them about your D.O.B etc. After this, your name will be stored on the screen at the beginning, and you can just click on the name to begin. All your progress will be store. And up to 8 people can take the course at a time, and all you have to do is click on the name! Beginners Level. Like most typing courses you can begin on two type of courses. If you have NO experience on typing it will go through with you what finger to use to type a letter. It’s very simple, and if you have no experience it’s really good to take. You start with typing letters on one row, for example “d”, “g”, “h”, “k” and “l” would be mixed together and you’d have to type them, and get a result. At the end of every typing lesson you will get accuracy and a WPM (words per minute) average. The accuracy will be in %, but don’t think you make a load of mistakes and then have a high WPM because if you make a number of mistakes in the lesson, the errors will deduct your WPM average, therefore it’s much fairer and you know how you’re doing. On the Beginners Level you
            will move along every slowly taking it very easy, and although it seems extremely easy for people who can type professionally, it’s awfully difficult for people who have no experience at all it can be hard. The Beginners Level counts for half of the course, but it doesn’t take very long for you to do it (depending on your speed and accuracy it would take about 2 and a half hours), but the good thing about the Mavis Beacon is that you can close the window, come back in a weeks time and carry on where you left off. I’ve been taking the course for the last two years! I keep leaving it and coming back to it. Intermediate Level If you’ve stated at the beginning that you do have experience then you’ll go onto the next level, rather than starting at beginners level. The next level is the intermediate level and that goes on to teach you a lot of new stuff. Rather than just simple words, this time there’ll be hard to spell words, and a lot of different keys used. If you have a weakness the computer will catch up on it, and keep giving you those to do, because you’re having trouble with them. It’s a good learning technique, but it can really annoy you if you want to carry on with the course! The intermediate level is the level in between the difficult and the easy, so don’t expect an easy ride. You usually sail through it, and it’s not very hard to pass, as I did it in quite a quick time. The Advanced Level The advanced level is the last and most difficult lessons you’ll get. I’ve spent at least 6 hours on this level so far, and I’m nowhere near finishing it! The advanced level deals with issues that haven’t been dealt with before. Dictation lessons, for instance. (In case anyone is unaware, dictation means when you type what you hear.) The dictation lessons for me are extremely exciting, and are the best out of the whole lot! As well
            as the dictation lessons the words that are used get harder. For example “genacrapholographic” and words similar to that are used to confuse you, and test your speed against difficulty! As I’ve yet to complete the whole level I can only talk about parts I’ve experienced, but I do believe that the whole level merely repeats itself and I’ve experienced all the new features that will be used. At the end of a course you’ll be given a certificate saying what you’ve done. Media Centre I myself have never used the media centre in my whole time doing the course, but from what I’ve heard it can be rather helpful at times of need. There are videos you can watch, and there are books you can read there. Both of these are supposed to help and give you tips and advice on how to work on your accuracy. Also, there are practice lessons for you to take. You can pick the lesson, and type away, and you’ll be given a WPM and accuracy average at the end. And that won’t go onto your course and be stored whether it was good or bad, as it was only a practice. As well as those there’s also a link to Mavis’ site (advertising!) and you can play a few games there as well. It’s not really worth checking it out, but if you’ve got nothing better, what harm can it make? Games In the middle of a lesson more often than not Mavis stops and says, “You’ve done well, you deserve a break!” and she takes you to a game of her choice. It’s like being back at infant school, because it’s just like a teacher asking you to play a game that is educational yet fun as well! You keep thinking she’s watching over your shoulder! The games can be accessed out of the lessons too, and they are fun to play, and really help with getting on with your accuracy and your WPM average. I would say without the Gam
            es section the whole thing would be more boring. I tend to skip the game when Mavis asks me to take a break and carry on, and play a game after taking a few lessons, because it sort of looses your lack of concentration if you play it in between lessons! (I sound like a teachers pet, don’t I?!) So, Does It Improve Your Typing Speed? Well, I would have to say yes. Even though there are a few errors on it, and you think that things could be changed to make it better, all round it’s pretty good and handy. Rather than actually having to go to the lessons you can take them where and when you want! Like I said, I’ve been taking the course for over two years now. When I started I had an adjusted speed time of 19WPM, and now I’ve gone up to 60WPM. That might not all be with typing on the lesson, but just practice with writing a few reviews and other things, that have helped over the two years. But I must admit that it has taught me more than few things about typing that have come in handy! I highly recommend Mavis Beacon for people who want to learn how to type and want to do it well, but if you haven’t got the energy you won’t get anywhere. If you want to learn for a job or other, then this is extremely handy. I doubt I’ll ever have to use the dictation lessons I had, but for a secretary they would be fantastic to have. Take your time with it and don’t rush it, and you’ll be fine! So, 4 stars from me. I was going to give it 5, but I thought over it, and realised that there were a few things that I didn’t like. And, what about Mavis? Well, her name has been used, that’s all! And she’s the one that says “Good work!” in the background when you’re typing! Ahh, bless ol’ Mavis! Well, I got mine free when I got my computer, so I don’t think I’d ever have come across Mavis if it was
            n’t for that. But, you can but ol’ Mavis on Amazon! The new edition, which this review isn’t based on, is £19.99. The older version that I used, is only £6.99. You can’t go wrong, can you? (NOTE: the older edition can’t be used on XP, only the newer version!) Written By: Matt Roberts.

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              When I was at school Mavis Beacon was installed onto the computers and we used to have a lot of fun using the software. From then on I had to get Mavis Beacon, not for myself but for my Mum. When, we just started of with computers, our keyboard skills were quite poor-Mavis Beacon is an excellent software tool to counter that problem and improve your typing skills. You also have great fun. So, when I saw my Mum struggling on the PC I remembered how using the computer was for me when I was relatively new to them. Off I popped to the computer store and purchased this software. Basically, Mavis Beacon is a software package that does wonders for your computing skills. It doesn?t matter what level you are, there?s something for everyone?s level. Just take a typing test and Mavis Beacon will tell you you?re level and you can start from there. The good thing is the package makes you type really professionally, and if you follow the instructions from the start. You will soon be typing with two hands, and typing like an expert. There are different programmes to help you with you?re typing: Ragtime (typing rhythms) Space Junk (practising combinations) Chameleon Picnic-(accuracy) Shark Attack (typing speed) Check out Time Penguin Crossing (speed and accuracy of typing) The different games are designed to focus on speed and accuracy. If you play them you?re typing will improve. You become more familiar with the keypad and by the time you finish you will know the positions of the letters really well. The good thing about this computer software is that you learn and have fun at the same time. You will see the difference in your typing and the games that monitor you?re speed and accuracy are very helpful. You can also keep up to date with your progress with a chart that monitors your progress. The software is excellent for beginners and the more advanced typers. I
              t?s money well spent and the fun and learning you get is invaluable. It is very easy to install and compatible with most computers.

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