Computing Lessons

A computer lesson can be about anything related to your computer and the devices connected to it. I also help with some aspects of smartphones (particularly the iPhone). You might prefer that I suggest topics for you, based on your experience and interests.  Another approach to planning a lesson is to write down problems you are experiencing with your computer and then, together, we can work through the list. Some of my clients have found it well worth while to book me in for an hour to help them with purchasing a computer or tablet. If you need lesson ideas just look below.

I usually visit people in their home but, if you prefer, you may bring your laptop to me. Lessons are open-ended, on an hourly basis. I find that people vary on how many lessons they have due to budget, time and the level of computer literacy they are trying to achieve.

Regardless of how many lessons you take, note taking is essential. I am happy to write your notes for you whilst you carry out the steps. Notes mean you can practice what you have learned with me again and again after my visit.

Another form of help I offer is Remote Assistance. Securely and quickly, I can access your computer from my house and troubleshoot and explain problems (all while talking on the telephone or on Skype).  I can control your mouse and keyboard so all you have to do is watch and learn. It is a useful training and troubleshooting service for my clients alongside the home visits. 

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Mastering the internet: Surfing, researching, playing catch-up television, shopping and more

 

 

Emailing: Learn basic to advanced email features. Send and save attachments, organise emails, backup emails and contacts

 

 

Social networking: Signing up, setting up (securely and privately), and enjoying it without feeling overwhelmed. Intricacies of Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

 

 

iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch: Setting up and enjoying. Help with mobile contracts, moving to giffgaff, order a giffgaff SIM here

 

 

Word processing: Letters, cards, labels, cloud word processing and lots more

 

 

The cloud: Learn what it is and how to use it. OneDrive, Google Drive, iCloud. The choices can be confusing. 

 

 

Backing up your data: External hard drives, CDs, Cloud options

 

 

Enhancing your computer Using fun, free and safe programs from the internet

 

 

Making sense of your computer, iPad and iPhone Windows Vista, 7, 8.1 and the latest, Windows10. Also Apple's iOS. 

 

 

Build your own website -- Like I have done using MrSite 

 

 

 

File Management: Get your files in order

 

 

Managing money: Setting up online banking, creating budgets in Excel, or using financial software

 

 

Digital photography: Getting started, simple improvements to advanced techniques

 

 

Digital Music: Getting started, buying, managing, streaming and playing

 

 

Broadband: Ordering (getting the best deals), explaining and setting it all up

 

 

Skype and Facetime: Setting up and using across your devices

 

 

Customising your computer for you:  This is particularly important if you have poor eyesight, shaky or arthritic hands

 

 

Computer maintenance and security: Keep your computer threat-free and fast. 

 

 

Installing hardware: For example, help installing printers, scanners and Apple TVs

 

 

Troubleshooting help: When wifi-enabled devices stop connecting or when computers, tablets and smartphones misbehave