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How Do you Teach People about Hardware and Software?

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One of our community members writes: “Hey Chris, jthermane24 from the chat room. Here are my top tips for helping those who are “technically challenged” to learn.”

  • Be calm and talk slow. Seniors and the technological illiterate will NOT know all the shortcuts that we geeks know and live by. Most likely, it will take them three times as long to do the simple tasks that we can do in five seconds. Talking slow and loudly (for seniors) will make this process much easer for them and less stressful for you. Be prepared to explain the same thing multiple times. This will mostly apply to seniors because they often have problems hearing. So always talk VERY slow.
  • Having a preprepared list of steps to read from will make the process of teaching easier. Just type them or even write them up. It will make the speed of the session go so much faster, because you won’t have to sit there and stare at the screen with that blank stare that we get when we forget stuff.
  • When you are done showing the “student” what they asked you to teach them, ask them to use their computer to make a step-by-step instruction manual. Use the print screen button to take a screen capture of each page as you show them again how to do whatever they asked. Keep a text document running in the background, and then just copy each screen capture into the document. After you have finished the task, use the simple drawing tools to circle the icons, drop down lists, or whatever they have to click on for that step. Put each picture on its own page and include text (use at least 20 size font).
  • Now with new technology, there is the ability to screen record. Simply install a simple screen recording software (such as CamStuido) and record the steps to a video file… then embed your voice over it.

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When Students Become Teachers: Learning Lessons

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Kyle_VDK is a community member in the 8th grade. He used to have a lot of trouble in school, and has made many changes of late. Now that he’s successful, he wanted to pass along the tips that worked for him.

  • Organization Organization is a big key to doing well in school. Even though you think you will make the same mistakes, such as forgetting homework, being organized actually helps that, even though you may think it will not. Of course it will not work if you think it won’t. If you put that tiny bit of effort into staying organized, it can make a difference from turning in a research paper, to not, which results as a 0 as a test grade. Organization will go a long way, even in the future. Once you are in college, you will not have your parents, or teachers reminding you to do everything, or helping you. You will be independent.
  • Doing a bit more When taking an essay test where you have a small space to write your answer, consider asking for a separate sheet or use the back of the test. Going that extra mile, rather than only filling what’s required, can garner you an A… while your classmates may have a B.
  • Procrastinating Many of us procrastinate. Even now, I tend to procrastinate. So you missed a few days of school, and you need to do some make-up homework. The first night after you go back, you have no homework. Why not do it then instead of procrastinating until you have to have it done? You are only going to be stressed, and do less quality homework. It is always good to get something over and done with, instead of letting it pressure you.
  • Study habits Most students, by high school, have figured out their study habits. You may like to study in different ways. Some people like to read things out loud to themselves, some people want other people to read to them, and some people even re-write things on paper to get it into their head. Currently, I have actually not figured out my study habit. It is still a mystery to me. Deciding which way you study the best can result in better test results. Studying ten minutes a night, even if you do not have an upcoming test/quiz can help you a lot in your grades. Nobody likes to finish a day of school, and have to do hours and hours of studying for a test the next day, but many people actually do it. Studying in segments every day can help relieve the stress of an upcoming test, and you will have more time doing things that you like, such as sports, or computers.
  • Rewards Why, do you ask, should you work hard and get the best grades you can? Getting good grades might reward you with more permissions in your high school. iI you get good grades, you can sign yourself out of study hall. Your parents may even pay you a certain sum of money for every A you get. When I get not-so- good grades, I get less time on my computer. When I get better grades, I get more time.

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