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Typing tutor software is a low-cost approach that can easily transform you from a hunt-and-pecker to a 100-word-a-minute touch-typist. There are dozens of typing programs available, including freeware and shareware programs. You need to look for a program which won’t bore you to death with tedious drills, won’t frustrate you with poor design or US spelling and which provides enough scope to let you achieve your target typing speed.
“Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing” is leading typing instruction program, and has been one of top ten best-selling software titles for over 10 years. A far cry from first version that came out on floppy disks and had just four colours to display, latest version has a virtual classroom with simple to understand icons. Mavis adjusts to individual problem areas on keyboard with unbelievable insight and watches for typist's frustration factor. It will suggest a different words per minute goal, throw in a typing game for a break, or even advise “calling it a day.”
While self-instructional software on typing has proliferated, some say they’re no replacement for supervised classes. Besides, for many programs other than “Mavis Beacon”, entertainment value seems to outweigh their educational quality. Consider Sega's “Typing of Dead” tutorial, for which an ad suggests, “Trade in your video game controller for a keyboard and start typing for your life.” The format is to “type” zombies to death by completing words and phrases that appear over their bodies. Some employers say that typing training must be taken more seriously.
Several training companies offer short classroom based typing training in UK. Examples are “GO Training” in Glasgow and “Training Circle” in Northampton, where you will find instructor-led courses for around £200. For longer courses leading to a professional qualification, many local colleges offer excellent value. Learndirect is a great place to look for courses, as well as UK Training News website.
By increasing your typing speed, you really could get more done each day. Remember mantra that trainingis an investment, not a cost. So put yourself on path to blazing, machine gun-like typing by buying “Mavis” or enrolling on a touch-typing course.
About the author: Dick James is the editor of UK Training News, a free website providing articles, resources and discussion for the UK business and industrial training community. UK Training News
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