Does the thought of using a computer leave you cold? Don’t worry. Believe it or not, there are still plenty of people who don’t know how to use a computer. If you’re one of them, it’s time you started learning how to use one. Here are ways you, too, can start taking computer lessons:
Learn on your own.
Using a computer is a lot easier these days, thanks to operating systems and software that let anyone use a computer with ease. As long as you have access to a computer, all you have to do is to find a reference book to guide you.
Get a Computer for Dummies or Computer for Idiots book or other similar references to help you. These books use the simplest terms possible and will walk you through the basic operation of a computer through easy to understand lessons. After a few hours of going through the first few chapters, you should be able to begin using your computer to type, compute or even play games.
If there’s a particular program you want to learn such as Adobe Photoshop, Frontpage, Pagemaker, etc., you can use the tutorial feature that comes with the software package. You can also use interactive CD-ROM-based computer lessons. There are plenty of built-in practical tests in these lessons that will let you immediately apply what you’ve just learned.
Another great source of computer lessons are dedicated sites. Do a simple search to find the computer lesson you need. Sites also offer lessons and tips posted by their visitors so you’ll get to learn some tricks you don’t usually get in some tutorials. Use with care, though. Some of these sites don’t carry reliable content. Stick to vendor-operated sites or at least those recommended by the vendors themselves.
Get a tutor.
A tutor can offer you computer lessons on a one-on-one basis or you could join a small group of people for a regular class. A tutor can offer a more personalized lesson so he or she can adjust to your speed. You can also skip lessons if you prefer and learn only what you want to.
Go to a class.
A formal class is a great way to get computer lessons. If you prefer a more structured way of learning and enjoy working with a bigger group, this is the way to go. Check with your local community colleges, clubs and special computer schools.
Computer lessons can be a valuable investment, since the use of computers is a part of everyday life these days. If you have to start your lessons, start now and reap the rewards of your learning experience immediately.