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89 of 90 found the following review helpful:
FantasticApr 07, 2009
By Morris J.
This Excel 2007 Essential Skills manual by Mike Smart is fantastic. I have little experience using Excel and after training with the manual, I now consider myself at the intermediate level.
The author provides you with his website and gives you Excel files to download in order to do your lessons.
I got stuck with my lessons two times and I wrote the author an email. He was very quick and curteous in his response. He answered my email and provided me with the instructions I needed to continue my lessons. I was surprised by his outstanding customer service in standing behind his product.
I can highly recommend it as a starting point for all those who need to learn Excel.
48 of 48 found the following review helpful:
Best Excel Book on the marketMar 26, 2009
By R. Beste
Finally I've found a book that teaches the way that I teach; Cover everything but fast if the student knows the area and slower where the skill is new. And using interesting example spreadsheets (Fastest cars in the world, Best-selling music albums of all time and so on)
My first thoughts at seeing this book were disappointment at the fact that it is in black and white and self-published by an IT training company without the slick graphic design of the big publishers. But, as they say, 'never judge a book by its cover'.
The layout is really easy to read with each step title summarized in bold font so you can see where to skip the stuff you (or your students) know and where to concentrate. Some of the larger publishing houses could learn a thing or two from this layout.
Each chapter has a summary exercise to consolidate the learning.
Every page seems to have gems that not many people know at all. For example, if you select a single cell at the top left of a set of figures, say, and then hover over the right edge and double click, it selects to the right edge of the figures. Double-click on the bottom edge and it selects the table downwards. And, Excel has a fast, accurate, text-to-voice command that will read back your figures to you to check them (either along the row or down the column as you want).
I would have liked the book to say that it covered the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist exam syllabus - which I think it does (or at least, in combination with the soon-to-be-published Advanced Skills book but this is a minor quibble.
Overall, I've seen many books on Excel but this one is the best I've found so far. I'm looking forward to trying Mike Smart's other books.
29 of 29 found the following review helpful:
Excellent learning & training materialJan 29, 2009
I'm a certified Excel (2003) user and sometimes train others on the topic. I have an Excel 2007 class that I'm supposed to deliver in about a month and have been looking for resource materials for the class. Having been an enthusiastic user of the Smart Method Access course I thought I'd review the Smart Method Excel 2007 guide to see if it was suitable for the classe.
All I can say is that it is written in the same easy to read, easy to learn style as the Access guide and it helps one get thru the material in both an entertaining and thoughtful way. I also looked at other training materials including the Visual series which I like also but was a little light for this audience and then another course designed for a community college audience which I though as too verobse and required too much lab time to convey the concepts.
My opinion, hands down, Smart Method was right speed and deep enough intensity to satisfy almost any commercial audience or any self-paced learner for that matter.
28 of 28 found the following review helpful:
Excellent product up to a pointSep 18, 2010
This book is a terrific reference. However, it will only take you so far in the process of learning Excel. You will be allowed to utilize a couple of free sample video sessions which correlate to the first 2 lessons in the book, then you must spend another $13 to download the rest of the video sessions. $13 is not a big deal, but you realize the shortcomings of using the book ONLY after you have had access to those 2 free lessons. Save yourself some time & simply purchase the entire lesson package, inc video, from the very beginning. Beyond that, I learned more in a few hours with this video than in all the times of trying Excel from various "instructors" previously. And the book does make for a good fall-back reference source later.
14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Smart Course is everything it says it is.Aug 27, 2010
I have taken many software training courses offered by professional training companies over the past 15 years. This is a great course for anyone who needs a text that starts from the beginning and takes you to advanced levels. It also is structured in short lessons so you can easily move at your own pace. I would recommend this course for anyone who wants to learn Excel on their own.
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