Welcome to Excel Exercises! This site is committed to becoming the most fun, simple, and effective method to learn Excel online. We aim to so this by teaching Excel skills, such as functions and shortcuts, through fun, simple exercises. You're probably on this page because you want to learn how to be more efficient and effective while working in Excel, so congratulations for taking the first step! Below you'll find some frequently asked-questions about this site and about learning Excel online so keep reading to find out more!
First off, here's a little about me. My name is Jake Shimota. I'm currently an MBA candidate at the NYU Stern School of Business, but before this I worked in consulting and finance for several years. While working in these industries I learned not only the importance of having strong Excel skills, but also how difficult it is to build these skills without hands-on practice. Like many others, I spend hours watching videos on Excel, but would often zone out or get distracted by something else so I would retain very little of this information and would have to watch the videos again and again. I noticed that the only way to break this cycle was to actually type out the functions and practice the shortcuts on an actual keyboard to lock them into my memory.
I decided to help others learn Excel by creating this site. It requires you to type formulas, practice shortcuts, and answer questions so you're engaged and building your skills every step of the way. I made sure it's impossible to zone out while using this site! I made this site because it's the site I wish I had while I was learning Excel - in a way, I made the site for myself!
Excel is a very powerful and complex program. It's perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed when you first start using Excel! Just remind yourself that using Excel is a skill and, like any other skill, it can be learned through practice over time. The trick is to start slow by learning the basics and working your way up through increasingly difficult practice exercises.
Anyone who works with Excel, from beginners to experts, can benefit from more practice. Learning new Excel skills can help you become more productive and efficient in your work, which lets you get more work done. In addition to helping you do higher quality work, better spreadsheet skills can open new doors such as promotions, bonuses, and new job offers.
Many jobs are also becoming increasingly reliant on data and technology, so even if you don't use Excel much now, there's a good chance you will in the future. Although Excel is a skill in and of itself, it also helps develop your quantitative and logical skills to help you thrive in a data-oriented position (and world). The skills you develop while learning Excel will help you succeed in any kind of finance, data, technology, or STEM-related role.
No matter where you are in your Excel journey there is always more to learn, and the great news is that there are more learning resources on the internet than ever before!
While it's great that there are more learning resources online than ever before, the multitude of options may prove to be overwhelming. Take a look around; there's no shortage of videos, tutorials, courses, articles, and ebooks at your fingertips. There are tens of thousands, if not millions of ways to learn Excel online! You may be wondering what the best method is, and the answer is that it depends! Different people learn differently, and what may work well for you may not work well for others. The trick is to find a way to learn that works for you and- more importantly- is interesting enough to keep you coming back for consistent practice. The most important factor to your success in learning Excel is consistent practice, so you need to find a method of learning that's fun enough that you'll be motivated to come back and learn day after day. That's where this site comes in.
As I mentioned before, I've also gone through the process of learning Excel online. I've tried all the different videos, articles, and courses but found that in order to stay engaged I had to get my hands dirty and actually do the work. For example, I found that I wouldn't remember a keyboard shortcut until I'd actually punched it into the keyboard a few times. I couldn't find any resources online that let me practice repeatedly while staying engaged, so I created this site.
This site is the resource I wish I'd had when I first set out to learn Excel online. I designed it for people like me, who want to stay engaged, practice skills in real time, and learn skills step by step, starting with the basics and working toward more complex skills. This site makes you write out formulas, punch in keyboard shortcuts, and interpret different functions every step of the way so you stay engaged and can't zone out! I also tried to make it fun so that you'll be motivated to practice consistently.
As cliche as it sounds, this site is for everybody. Excel beginners will find that the site starts with the basics and gradually introduces more complex concepts. Those with more experience will likely pick up a few new tricks they didn't know before. As I mentioned earlier, there's always more you can learn with Excel.
We have all kinds of different people using this site. We have several college students trying to do their coursework more efficiently. We also have folks who have been working 10+ years using this site because they are trying to learn Excel online to find a new job. People with all kinds of different backgrounds and skill levels are learning and having fun with Excel Exercises.
Maybe you recently got a new job and are trying to keep up with your colleagues, or maybe you're trying to get a new position and need to brush up on spreadsheet skills. Maybe you just want to learn how to get your work done faster so you can spend more time with friends and family. Whatever your reasoning or skill level, you're sure to improve your skills here.
By the way, I'm a real person and would love to hear any questions, concerns, or suggestions that you have. I'm always trying to improve the site and want to hear your feedback. You can always reach me at Jake@ExcelExercises.com and I read every email.