Learn touch typing skills powered by Ultrakey technology
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is an educational software which teaches typing in few weeks. Whether you want to improve your typing speed or want to learn basic typing, this popular typing software provides an interactive and fun way to do it.
I am going to review all the three editions of this software namely Family, Personal and Kids with all the pros and cons of each. In the world of computers, typing has become an essential skill whether you are an employee or a kid in school or a family who just want to learn something new.
Mavis Beacon – Overview
Let’s first look into the main goals and features of this software.
- Based on Ultrakey technology
- Learning to touch type – no prior experience required.
- Improved typing speed and accuracy
- Providing a fun and interactive way to learn
- Available for all ages. It’s suitable for youngsters, adults and children.
- Simple to use software and interface
- Available for both English and Spanish language
Now, we know what are the features and usefulness of this software. Let me share my experience with each of the software edition, one by one.
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing – Personal Edition
Personal edition is targeted for individual use shipping with one single user license to install on one computer. No matter what your typing speed is, this is going to help you in improving your accuracy and speed by giving step by step instructions.
Also, unlike many other software, this allows you to correct your typing mistake. This would impact your speed since time would be lost in correcting the mistake but you will end up having an accurate typed text. All the mistakes would be highlighted as soon as you finished typing.
You can set your desired level of speed and accuracy and as you complete the lesson and achieved your goal, you will see your progress in the form of a graph. You will learn the correct posture and hand positions. All the keys, words and sentences are paired in a very systematic way to make you learn properly.
- Step by Step guidance is provided for individual success
- Skill checks once you complete a lesson
- 330 practice exercises to make you a pro at typing
- Not suitable for multiple users
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing – Family Edition
The main benefit of Family edition is the number of users it supports. This edition provides three licenses to install and can be use on up to three computers. It has an additional feature to manage up to eight users with the integrated family management tool. So it is for the entire family. Another interesting thing to consider here is that user can add his own content so if you have your favorite novel in hand, you can add your favorite part here.
Apart from these, you can set your personal goals and celebrate the success after you complete the lesson to keep yourself motivated to learn more. There are 18 instructional videos to help you and to guide you step by step. Plenty of practice exercises help in your speed and accuracy. And like I mentioned in the previous edition. You can see your progress in the form of a graph at the end of the lesson.
- It can support multiple users and can manage up to 8 users
- Plenty of practice exercises
- Special emphasis on finger and hand positions for accuracy
- Customer support does not provide help and support over call
Mavis Beacon – Kids Edition
This is known as “Mavis Beacon Keyboarding Kidz” software in the market and is perfect for all those children who want to learn keyboarding or just want to improve their existing skill. To make it more fun for children, this software has ten typing games.
Children can set their goals and track where they are lacking practice and where they are doing well. There are some of the awesome features available with this edition, such as individualized lessons which are based on the set goals and the progress individual child is making, progress reports to track the success and evaluate the progress and printable awards to motivate child to learn more and keep going. These printable awards are cute and perfect for kids who lose interest easily.
- Provides 10 typing games to make learning more fun and interactive
- Printable awards to motivate children
- Over 200 practice sessions and keyboard lessons
- Number of typing games could be increased.
How does Mavis Beacon compare to other tutors?
|Mavis Beacon||Typesy 2017|
|• 3 editions: Personal, Family, Kids.||• One for all. Age targeted exercises|
|• Limited desktop installs||• Unlimited desktop installs|
|• Focus on hand positions, postures||• Ergonomic exercises|
|• No social media sharing||• Social media sharing|
|• Individual skill level goals||• No goals for individual skill level|
|• Does not support cloud version||• Automatic cloud updates|
|• Twelve interface themes||• Modern interface comparatively|
|• Add own content||• Add own content. Create lessons|
Mavis Beacon Review: The Verdict
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is one of the best educational typing programs available on the market. With three different editions available for all age groups, it certainly stands out from the crowd.
The systematic approach of practicing keys and then pairing them to form words and words to frame a complete sentence to make user understand the step by step process of typing accurately and with speed. No matter where you stand right now this software may fulfill your typing needs.
However, if you need more than one license or system install you are forced to go for the Family edition which will cost you more than the Typesy 2017 software in comparison.