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Learn Excel & PowerPoint
In Real-Time From a Live Instructor

We offer live online classes that teach practical, functional, business-centric Microsoft Office software skills (Excel today, PowerPoint coming soon).

Improve your productivity skills and expand your work opportunities, especially if your career is at a crossroads or has been materially impacted by current events. My Software Tutor will help you become more marketable in pursuit of opportunities that might not otherwise be available. 

You took something that petrified me and made it simple. Thank youWanted to say your teaching is so much better than just an online class.

My Software Tutor Delivers Results

I will be able to apply what I have learned


My job performance will improve with these new learnings


This learning experience is a worthwhile investment of my time


I learned something new in this workshop


I found the training materials useful


Source: MST post course surveys (Jan 2020-May 2021)

All courses are limited in size and led by an experienced instructor live via Zoom. You will learn from the comfort of your home on your own computer. Excel Fundamentals runs for one x :90 minute session. Excel Basics and Excel Intermediate are taught over two x 2:00 hour sessions. PowerPoint courses will follow the same format. You provide the hardware (Mac or Windows), and Microsoft Office software. We’ll teach you how to use it.

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Individuals: If you are an individual interested to register for any of our Excel courses (Fundamentals, Basics or Intermediate), simply click the button below. if you’re not sure which level is best for you, we recommend you visit the “Which Excel Course Should I Take?“ page.


Organizations: If you work with or represent a company, non-profit, union or other entity, you can offer My Software Tutor courses to your all members of your organization. Curricula can be customized to suit your specific objectives. Send us a note. We’ll get back to you pronto.

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 “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
― Oliver Wendell Holmes


Excel Curriculum

Microsoft Excel is used by over 750 million people worldwide. It is the industry standard for spreadsheet programs around the world. First released in 1985, its primary function is to organize data into columns and rows to facilitate calculations. 

My Software Tutor offers a three-level suite of Zoom-based, live instructor courses for Excel scheduled on various days and times. A single level is typically completed within the same week. If you’re not sure which course to take, check out our handy “Which Excel Course Should I Take?” resource.

Excel Fundamentals

Course length: One x :90 session

Excel Fundamentals for Newbies presumes no prior experience with the software. We introduce core functionality so learners establish a solid foundation for future courses.

  • New workbooks
  • Cells & sheets
  • How Excel thinks: Part I
  • Entering data (numbers and text)
  • Cut, copy & paste
  • Alignment
  • Bold, italics, underline, font color & fill.
  • Wrapping text
  • Tabs: new, rename, copy, move, tab color
  • The Ribbon, formula bar, toolbar, name box
  • Cursors including select, drag, autofill, re-size & arrow

Excel Basics

Course length: Two x 2:00 sessions usually one day apart (Mon-Wed, Tues-Thurs, etc).

Excel Basics provides learners with a practical, functional understanding of the Excel software. We start with basic data formats and work towards a collection of useful formulas.

  • Working With Data
    • How Excel Thinks: Part II
    • Entering dates, days, years, etc
    • Formatting data: general, number, currency, accounting, etc
    • Format painter
    • Conditional formatting
    • Useful shortcuts
  • The Ribbon: a deeper dive
  • Configuring Excel
    • Customizing for your own use
    • Modifying the Ribbon & Quick Access toolbar
  • Formulas: Part I
    • How Excel Thinks: Part III
    • Basic Math: + − × ÷
    • Solving real life problems in Excel
    • Formula vs function

Excel Intermediate

Course length: Two x 2:00 sessions usually one day apart (Mon-Wed, Tues-Thurs, etc).

Excel Intermediate picks up where Excel Basics left off. It provides a more robust understanding of the software. Students will leave the course having gained effective functionality for everyday use.

  • Formulas: Part II
    • Review Part I functions
    • Absolute vs. relative references
  • Autofit, freeze panes, split panes
  • Working with Tables
    • Preparing data
    • Using templates
    • Sorting & adding data
    • The design tab
    • Goal seek: What if analysis
  • Creating Charts
    • Types of charts
    • Preparing data
    • Using templates
    • Modifying charts
    • Main & sub-category format
  • Printing Excel: settings, headers/footers, margins, etc.
  • Pivot Tables
    • What & Why pivot tables?
    • Building a pivot table
    • Modifying the data
    • Report filters & slicers
    • Creating pivot charts

“Integrating technology with face-to-face teacher time generally produces better academic outcomes than employing either technique alone.
— Edutopia

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Pleased To Refer Students

It’s been great learning about My Software Tutor over this past year. I’m pleased to be able to refer students to your toolkit. I even referred my husband last week, who is a Controller with a lot of Excel background, for some help with a specific issue. Who else could help him out but you? Thank you for the support and quick response you were able to provide. I will continue to refer to your team in the future and look forward to much growth for MST.

Valuable Teaching

I’ve never needed to use Excel very much, but thought it might be useful to learn a little more about it. So I took your course. A few weeks later, I got a surprise: a new client asked me to develop some spreadsheets for them. I began the work, and quickly realized how valuable your teaching had been. I’m using Excel in a way I never thought I could. Thank you!

Thank You So Much

Thank you so much. I really appreciated this class!

Always Patient And Very Clear!

I learned a lot from your excel basics and fundamentals class and was able to achieve the level of knowledge and skills as outlined for those classes. I really enjoyed your style of teaching as we navigated through the intricacies, tips and functionalities of excel.  Always patient and very clear! Also, I appreciated you always welcoming our questions and reviewing any areas of uncertainty without any hesitations. Thank you again.

Finally I Know Excel

I’ve been going to my son for help every time something goes wrong (and it happens more than I’d like). Finally I learned the basics of Excel. Then I took Level II and learned so much more. Now when I call my son he doesn’t automatically think I’m asking for help. Thank you Steve!

Useful Instruction

I found the instruction useful and will continue to practice and utilize the materials to gain a better understanding of Excel. I recently lost my job as did others in my company. Hopefully knowing this software will help me find another position even if I have to change careers.

A Valuable Learning Experience

I knew a little bit about Excel before the course and still learned new things that will help me with my future. The combination of hands-on with a live presentation was great. We got to practice what we learned. The learning experience was valuable and it helped that the instructor had great communication skills.

No Longer Scared

You took something that petrified me and made it simple. Thank you 🙂


I highly recommend My Software Tutor’s teaching methods for learning Excel. The instruction is organized and well designed. Courses are hands-on, with live visual instruction, and small enough that everyone gets the benefit of direct attention from the instructor. No question is glossed over and information is explained to meet your needs.

Solid Introductory Class

I was not familiar with Excel before this course. It was a solid introductory class that taught me all the necessary requirements needed to start using this software. I’m now excited to take Level II to understand more complex formulas and learn about pivot tables.

Engaging and Informative

I doubted my ability to stay focused on a training delivered via Zoom, but you made the session so engaging and informative. It was easy, enjoyable, and well worth the time invested. Thank you for the valuable tips gained. They will be put to good use to enhance my productivity. I am eager to recommend My Software Tutor. You offer a high-quality service that provides results.

Thank You!

I’ve been wanting to learn Excel for a long time. This class was very helpful and definitely will allow me to practice these skills on my free time. Thank you!

No Longer Intimidated By Excel

The Excel Fundamentals training course did exactly what it was designed to do. Steve made me feel comfortable to ask questions. Thanks to this course I am no longer intimidated by Excel. 

Definitely Recommend

I’ve tried other types of online learning. This is by far the best one. We learn and we practice. Easy to understand. Definitely recommended for newbies like me.

Thank You

Instructor Steve taught everything I wanted to learn. He was on point and patient with the class. It was good to learn how to properly navigate Excel. Thank you.

Clear and Precise

The instructor and materials were clear and precise. He brought the class along on a good learning pace.

Thank You!

Your patience and detail was appreciated very much by myself and I could see others feeling the same way as you helped each of them. Your candor was also very instructive and helpful to help me learn more that I need to do.

Better Than The Classroom

I had always wanted to learn Excel and because I learn better with a real live instructor, I was looking for an “in-classroom” experience. I am so happy I found Steve and My Software Tutor! The Excel Basics course, taught via Zoom with Steve at the helm, was far better than any online class I had ever taken! Besides the convenience of not having to schlepp to your car dragging your computer, the patience, knowledge, and attention Steve gave to all students really allowed me to learn. I had ZERO Excel experience before I took the class and now I can actually create a spreadsheet.

Everything I Hoped For

Thank you so much for the wonderful Excel courses. I have been meaning to learn Excel for ages and your classes were everything I could have hoped for. Thank you for spending so much time with us and for helping me learn a skill that (hopefully) will help me get jobs in the future. I really appreciated the opportunity to learn from you.

Really Enjoyed Excel

I really enjoyed my Excel class and got so many helpful tips and tricks as a result. I’m very much looking forward to the same with PowerPoint.

Fun And Easy

You are a great trainer. Thank you for your time. You made this fun and easy to follow and learn.

Patient & Thorough

Steve ran a highly organized class taking a very systematic approach to teaching Excel. His step by step and very thorough organization of a complex subject matter provided a solid appreciation of the span of topics that one has to learn to master basic Excel. I highly recommend these courses for his patience and thoroughness.

Highly Recommended

If you’re looking to add some important computer skills to your tool kit, I highly recommend Steve’s courses for Excel and PowerPoint. I’ve taken them and they were excellent. Steve is a great listener and a patient teacher.

What a wonderful class!

Targeting people who have a fear of computers and applications is a great niche. I learned a lot and I have taken more than a few Excel courses. I really feel you have a knack for delivering this content. Your versatility is evident and helpful. Your course design is strong. I am so glad for the opportunity and plan to take the remaining Excel courses.

Knowledgeable, Compassionate And Patient

I had no idea Excel could do so much. When Steve showed us, the choices were overwhelming. But he’s an excellent teacher – knowledgeable, compassionate, and patient. I will recommend this course to everyone I know who may need to get better at using Excel.

Not Scared Any More

I’ve been afraid of Excel for a long time. Tried watching some YouTube videos and even signed up for a “work at your own speed” course. I learn so much better when there’s a live instructor like in school. Steve explained things clearly and didn’t go too fast. By the end of Level I, much of my fear had gone away. I’m definitely looking forward to Level II.

Thank You

Thank you for this workshop. I did learn a lot and feel I can use this in my day to day job 🙂

Better Than Online

Wanted to say your teaching is so much better than just an online class.

I Learned So Much

I learned so much from Steve’s class on Excel Basics and Fundamentals. I was able to achieve the level of knowledge and gain the skills I needed! I really appreciated Steve’s style of teaching, his patience and his clear instructions. Always welcoming questions without any hesitations. He is definitely the go to person for all levels for Excel! Thank you.

You’re An Excellent Instructor!

Steve, no doubt about it, you are an excellent instructor! I found that the way you have structured the course makes it easier and less stressful to learn. Of course, as a direct result of your laid back approach and empathy for our anxiety level! I have done some Excel in the past, and I have always gone out of my way to avoid it. Whereas now, I want to finally conquer the beast! To hopefully discover, that really it is just a teddy bear, that just needs the proper attention. That would definitely be awesome!

"Learning never exhausts the mind.”
-- Leonardo da Vinci

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