Whether you know absolutely nothing about personal computers or you are just looking to brush up on a few skills, individualized computer instruction can provide the help you need. Over the years, people have learned to play instruments, sing, dance and act through one-on-one training. Why not learn computer software the same way?
This section describes the individualized personal computer instruction program offered by ComputerMagic Corporation.
One student, one instructor, one computer! Each lesson lasts for 30 minutes. A state-of-the-art Windows based personal computer is provided for "hands-on" instruction. You decide how many lessons you want, how often you want them and what topics will be discussed. On average, students tend to take four lessons (2 hours) per session. Certificates of achievement are available to recognize progress.
The sessions are scheduled based on your availability! We cover topics to the level of detail that you desire, spending as much time as necessary on areas that you find interesting or confusing. You learn at your own pace, not at that of the instructor or other students in a class. There is no "wasted" time covering subjects that are not in your particular area of interest. You don't have to be afraid of asking a "stupid" question in front of other students. Also, we do not make you sit in a classroom for eight hours of training in a single day (not a good way to learn)!
If you have a special area of interest, we can tailor lessons to cover your particular needs. In addition, you can choose from the following topics:
Sessions can be conducted in our Cranberry Township office. Evening and weekend appointments are also available to accommodate any schedule. If you prefer, training sessions can be conducted at your home or office. In this case, travel time charges may apply.
None! You will practice in our office on a desktop computer or at your site on our laptop computer, so there is no need to have your own computer before you enroll. In fact, you may wish to take a few lessons before buying your own computer. This will give you a chance to discover just what a personal computer can do for you and which system and software is right for your needs.
Although there are several teachers on staff, Ken Jensen is the founder of ComputerMagic Corporation and is our primary instructor. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972. Fascinated by computers, he continued study at the University, receiving a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science the next year. Since that time, he has held various technical and management positions in the Data Processing Industry around the country. Mr. Jensen also has been teaching at the college level since 1992.
That depends on what topics you study, how extensive your computer knowledge is already, how quickly you learn and many other factors. The beauty of individualized instruction is that you make progress at the pace that's exactly right for you!
Most people show significant progress after a couple hours of lessons. Without any prior experience, you can expect to be able to use software packages such as a word processor or spreadsheet with confidence after 3 to 5 hours of training.
Very favorable! The cost per 30 minute lesson is just $25! This sounds more expensive than some classroom training if you calculate the cost per hour. However, individual training is much more efficient, since there is no "wasted" time waiting for the instructor or other students. Also, you do not cover topics that do not interest you or are not relevant to your needs. You learn exactly what you need to learn, have time to practice and review on your own and can continue with subsequent lessons until you are satisfied with your knowledge. There is no contract to sign nor minimum number of sessions required. And, you don't have to sit in front of the computer for eight hours at a time!
Yes, if that's what you prefer. Some people feel more comfortable learning with someone else instead of one-on-one instruction. In this case, the cost for each lesson remains the same ($25 per person) and the length of the session is extended to 45 minutes. However, no more than two students will be admitted to a lesson in order to preserve the advantages of individualized instruction as described in this section. Group training is also available for larger classes!
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