YOU MAY NOT be aware of the Mavis Beacon legacy, but her typist teaching packages have been widely acclaimed as the definitive tutorial systems. The Mavis system helps reinforce typing principles and develop techniques. Lessons take the form of racing games, which help increase your speed and an intelligent typewriter monitors your performance and spelling.
The good thing about this package is that you do not have to be a complete novice to benefit from it. The Mavis system is accessible at three levels - you are asked to define your skill level when you create a user identity, and from this Mavis learns about your proficiency.
For the first few lessons, Mavis gauges your level of skill to identify which areas of your ability need practice. Most lessons reveal a double-spaced block of text that you must attempt to copy without looking at the keyboard.
The letters you type appear under the set text, errors and the speed at which you type are noted so that Mavis can set an appropriate task which focuses on areas you have difficulty with.
The depth which Mavis scrutinises your performance is an impressive feat of statistics. Mavis reacts so that you quickly correct your faults and since each lesson focuses on a specific area, you get to the root of your problems straightaway. Eventually the program becomes a 'mother-like' figure, cajoling you into repeating one of the less interesting lessons when you want to race away at the 'Speed-typing Racetrack'.
It is hard to see how anyone with 10 fingers and a little common sense would not benefit from Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 2. It is a well researched and well written program that is easy to use and flexible. It is an invaluable way of monitoring your performance as a typist from complete novice right through to an 80-word a minute super secretary.