MASTERING computer software can be an absolute nightmare. Maybe you’re new to the world of computers or maybe you have just upgraded and need to get your head around Windows 8 when you have only just cracked Windows Vista.
This is were the Professor Teaches tuition packs become invaluable.
There are some excellent computer courses held at schools and colleges after hours but their timings may not suit your working week and the prospect of sitting in a classroom again probably fills you with fear.
If this sounds like you, then the Professor Teaches brand of software is ideal.
Each package contains between four and eight hours of tuition and spoken as well as written screen instructions with realistic page layouts and menu options guide you every step of the way.
The Professor Teaches software tutorials are available for a wide range of software but I opted to review the Office 2010 and Windows 8 package.
This single CD interactive tutorial covers every Office product including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher and OneNote as well as offering advanced tutorials on Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
There are then training sessions on Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 7.
One single CD for a single one-off price offers training on all of these programmes and allows you to learn at your own pace while setting learning objectives.
To make training easier, the software always begins with a main menu screen so that you can select the relevant tutorial.
Spoken instructions — which are backed up with written instructions — then guide you through the process step by step.
And the training only moves on to the next stage when you manually click next on the screen.
Many of the instruction screens require you to click certain example menu options on screen. If you get it wrong, the software will guide you through the process again until you can prove that you can follow and understand the instructions.
By using accurate screen simulations to show how different options create different results, you gather an in-depth understanding of the software without fear of messing up the settings on your own computer’s version.
Many of the instructions during the earlier stages of the tuition are basic — suiting the absolute beginner.
But this software isn’t just for the beginner, the advanced tutorials for Word, Excel and PowerPoint stretch even the most proficient user.
At the end of each chapter quizzes are held to ensure that what you have learned is truly ingrained on your brain.
Should you find yourself in a hole even after many hours of tuition, the software allows you to ask instant questions to a bank of online experts.
I have been using computers since school and now spend hundreds of hours each week using one at home and at work.
Yet I have never had a need to use Access, PowerPoint, Publisher or OneNote software packages.
So although my computer experience is vast, I still have gaps in my knowledge and it’s tuition such as this Professor Teaches brand which appeals to me.
To help kick-start your training, Professor Teaches is offering this Office 2010 and Windows 8 tuition package at a very special price.
Using a unique web address, Burton Mail readers can buy this package for just £9.99 instead of the recommended retail price of £19.99.
Also, using the same unique web address, Burton Mail readers can also buy Bitdefender Internet Security 2013 for a reduced price of just £14.99 compared to the recommended retail price of £44.99.
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