The popular “Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing” software teaches touch typing using methodology tested in formal typing classes. The software allows users to learn proper typing technique and posture, learn new keys in stages, practice new skills and complete typing drills. In addition to written instructions, the software includes instructional videos.
Available for Mac and PC, “Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing” offers users self-paced instruction in touch typing. The program is designed to move users through lessons according to their own goals via step-by-step instructions. Developers claim that users should see results in as little as eight hours. The 2015 release of the software includes 18 instructional videos that demonstrate typing skills and educate about proper ergonomics and exercise, as well as 100 skill checks and typing tests. The software is also customizable, with 12 interface themes to personalize the computer workspace and options to add content to drills and exercises.
Reviewers like that the line of Mavis Beacon products is so user-friendly and appropriate for a wide range of ages, making learning to type easier even for beginners while still challenging enough for accomplished typists wanting to brush up on their skills.
The line of products includes “Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing – Personal Edition,” “Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing – Family Edition” and “Mavis Beacon Keyboarding Kidz.”