Answered By: Jennifer Luzadder
Last Updated: May 05, 2015     Views: 26

Learning new applications like MS Excel can be difficult.  Each person also has a preferred learning style, so what works for some doesn't always work as well for others.

When trying to learn a new application as part of a course, your first point of contact should be your instructor.  Your instructor will know better than anyone what are the essential functions of the application that you will need to do your assignments.  He or she should also have some handy training materials or suggestions for ways to brush up your skills.

There are other ways to learn the new applications as well.  One way is to visit the website trainings made by the company that produces that application, in this case, Microsoft's Excel: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/.  This webpage includes a series of beginner to advanced Excel trainings.

If you would like training videos produced by non-MS employees, you can check out YouTube for Excel training videos, one video series that might be of interest is: http://www.youtube.com/user/10minutetrain#p/u/0/X3jB4wncJp4. While sometimes helpful, the MS website and YouTube trainings might focus on functions other than the few that you think most important for your course.

The library also has a database that can help.  LearningExpress Library has a training series that includes not only video tutorials, but also practice exercises for many applications, including Excel and other MS Office programs.  Visit the Library Database page here, http://harrison.libguides.com/content.php?pid=549000&sid=4520981 , and click on LearningExpress Library.

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