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Has anyone had complete beginner computer tuition or organised it for your parents/friend?

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My mum has been showing interest in learning how to use a computer and get online and I am thinking of organising a couple of hours tuition for her and I was wondering if anyone has had tuition or if … Read More
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7y, 2w agoPosted 7 years, 2 weeks ago
My mum has been showing interest in learning how to use a computer and get online and I am thinking of organising a couple of hours tuition for her and I was wondering if anyone has had tuition or if your parents or someone you know has had it.
My mum had a bad experience at a local college a few years ago where despite it being a beginners course everyone else there knew basics like how to turn the computer on, what a 'left click' was, how to turn a monitor on, how to get onto the internet etc and she left that after being shouted at by the instructor and scared off computers until now.
I can't do it myself as it's too late in the day by the time I could help her, and my father is not good at explaining things.
I have found a few people offering to do the tutoring, one of whom I have spoken to and sounds lovely. He charges £15/hour which seems very reasonable compared to the others (about £25/hour).
How many hours do you think might be ok, my absolute max money-wise is 6 hours as I am organising and paying this for her, do you think this will be enough?
Once she has the basics I can help her add to that, but she needs someone with time, knowledge, patience and used to teaching complete novices.
Any tips, experience and info appreciated.
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7y, 2w agoPosted 7 years, 2 weeks ago
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I do computer tutorials for beginners but am based in Leicester, so am of no use to you, but yes it sounds like a good idea, just tell the tutor that the user is an absolute beginner and maybe outline what you would like her to learn within the set number of lessons you can afford. That way the tutor has a basic goal to help their student reach.
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BradyBrade!
I do computer tutorials for beginners but am based in Leicester, so am of no use to you, but yes it sounds like a good idea, just tell the tutor that the user is an absolute beginner and maybe outline what you would like her to learn within the set number of lessons you can afford. That way the tutor has a basic goal to help their student reach.


Thanks for replying, the chap I spoke to will come to the house and teach her on the computer I'm going to give her which is windows xp and a good machine but surplus to my requirements at the moment so she can have it (and won't worry about breaking it, that was one of her fears with using my dad's computer I think).
Do you think £15 is good, he says he would like to do 2 hours at a time (seems a bit long, or will that be best in your opinion?), and do you think 6 hours might be ok for the basics and to get my mum online - she'll never need to use word or excel, just internet, emails, shopping online etc to start with.
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sickly sweet
BradyBrade!
I do computer tutorials for beginners but am based in Leicester, so am of no use to you, but yes it sounds like a good idea, just tell the tutor that the user is an absolute beginner and maybe outline what you would like her to learn within the set number of lessons you can afford. That way the tutor has a basic goal to help their student reach.


Thanks for replying, the chap I spoke to will come to the house and teach her on the computer I'm going to give her which is windows xp and a good machine but surplus to my requirements at the moment so she can have it (and won't worry about breaking it, that was one of her fears with using my dad's computer I think).
Do you think £15 is good, he says he would like to do 2 hours at a time (seems a bit long, or will that be best in your opinion?), and do you think 6 hours might be ok for the basics and to get my mum online - she'll never need to use word or excel, just internet, emails, shopping online etc to start with.


I think £15 is fair, i normally charge £10, but my company is just getting started and people are less inclined to pay due to my age.
I do feel that 2 hours straight lessons could overwhelm her, however it depends on the type of person she is, personally i feel 6 1 hour lessons would cause less stress, especially as she is so daunted by computers, 3 2 hour lessons could overwhelm her further and put her off even more.
6 hours would be the right amount of time to teach the basics, but this again, is based upon the capability of the tutor and the willingness of the student to learn.
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BradyBrade!

I think £15 is fair, i normally charge £10, but my company is just getting started and people are less inclined to pay due to my age.
I do feel that 2 hours straight lessons could overwhelm her, however it depends on the type of person she is, personally i feel 6 1 hour lessons would cause less stress, especially as she is so daunted by computers, 3 2 hour lessons could overwhelm her further and put her off even more.
6 hours would be the right amount of time to teach the basics, but this again, is based upon the capability of the tutor and the willingness of the student to learn.


Thanks, if I lived in Leicester I'd get you to help her, but sadly I'm a long way away, you sound nice and get the type of thing I'm after (and my mum too, it's her who wants this, but it's going to be my present to her). I think the problem is that she lives in the countryside and he lives the other side of town so it'll take him half an hour to get here so I guess two hours make it worthwhile for him but I have concerns over her being overwhelmed but as everyone else is £25/hour it kind of makes sense to go for 2 hours at £15/hour as it's better value as my budget can't stretch beyond £90 (I would love less than that tbh but I've got to be realistic and not leave her with insufficient knowledge/confidence/ability).
There was another person who got back to me who I really liked, do you think it would be cheeky to ask if he would match the other person's £15/hour, or is that not the done thing?
Thanks again for all your help - I miss the rep button with this recent update!
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sickly sweet
BradyBrade!

I think £15 is fair, i normally charge £10, but my company is just getting started and people are less inclined to pay due to my age.
I do feel that 2 hours straight lessons could overwhelm her, however it depends on the type of person she is, personally i feel 6 1 hour lessons would cause less stress, especially as she is so daunted by computers, 3 2 hour lessons could overwhelm her further and put her off even more.
6 hours would be the right amount of time to teach the basics, but this again, is based upon the capability of the tutor and the willingness of the student to learn.


Thanks, if I lived in Leicester I'd get you to help her, but sadly I'm a long way away, you sound nice and get the type of thing I'm after (and my mum too, it's her who wants this, but it's going to be my present to her). I think the problem is that she lives in the countryside and he lives the other side of town so it'll take him half an hour to get here so I guess two hours make it worthwhile for him but I have concerns over her being overwhelmed but as everyone else is £25/hour it kind of makes sense to go for 2 hours at £15/hour as it's better value as my budget can't stretch beyond £90 (I would love less than that tbh but I've got to be realistic and not leave her with insufficient knowledge/confidence/ability).
There was another person who got back to me who I really liked, do you think it would be cheeky to ask if he would match the other person's £15/hour, or is that not the done thing?
Thanks again for all your help - I miss the rep button with this recent update!


I think it would be fairly reasonable for you to ask the other person to match their competitors price. Also, try and get a bit of a discount if you pay for all the lessons up front in one lump sum - i.e. 10%, not all will give, but those that do would mean that you save a bit of extra money.
No worries at all, always happy to help :)
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BradyBrade!
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I think it would be fairly reasonable for you to ask the other person to match their competitors price. Also, try and get a bit of a discount if you pay for all the lessons up front in one lump sum - i.e. 10%, not all will give, but those that do would mean that you save a bit of extra money.
No worries at all, always happy to help :)


Thanks, I think I will contact the other guy on Monday, the only thing about paying upfront is that I want to make sure she likes him and the style of teaching before paying for 6 hours tuition, but it is a good idea, I'll ask him about it.
Thanks so much for all your help, you have convinced me that this is the right thing for me to do for my mum, it will give her a confidence boost too being able to use a computer and the time has come where she wants this for herself which is the most important thing.
You have been so helpful, I hope that you get lots of clients and help lots of people get online, you have been a great help to me.
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sickly sweet
BradyBrade!
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I think it would be fairly reasonable for you to ask the other person to match their competitors price. Also, try and get a bit of a discount if you pay for all the lessons up front in one lump sum - i.e. 10%, not all will give, but those that do would mean that you save a bit of extra money.
No worries at all, always happy to help :)


Thanks, I think I will contact the other guy on Monday, the only thing about paying upfront is that I want to make sure she likes him and the style of teaching before paying for 6 hours tuition, but it is a good idea, I'll ask him about it.
Thanks so much for all your help, you have convinced me that this is the right thing for me to do for my mum, it will give her a confidence boost too being able to use a computer and the time has come where she wants this for herself which is the most important thing.
You have been so helpful, I hope that you get lots of clients and help lots of people get online, you have been a great help to me.


Hope it all goes well and any more problems, just ask, i am more than happy to help :)
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I think £15 an hour is a fair price, but I think the teacher needs to be a bit flexible about the length of the session. I can understand them not wanting to incur travel costs for an hour, but I think two hours is far too long, especially at the beginning. She will be learning from scratch and there's a lot of information to take in (there's no point going on to something else unless she understands what she's just been told and has a chance to practice it for herself), so I would suggest one hour for the first session, maybe even the first two, then making the others two-hour ones. Perhaps you could agree a slightly-higher rate for the one-hour ones in recognition of the transport costs, then have the extra discounted from the two-hour ones. :)
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melodytoon
I'm based in London, and I'd be willing to help her but I don't know where you are. :)

I think £15 an hour is a fair price, but I think the teacher needs to be a bit flexible about the length of the session. I can understand them not wanting to incur travel costs for an hour, but I think two hours is far too long, especially at the beginning. She will be learning from scratch, so I would suggest one hour for the first session, maybe even the first two, then making the others two-hour ones.


Thanks, I'm several hours from London and really coming to think that 2 hours is too long - she might need an hour or so then a few days to work on what she has learnt with the tutor, and me to answer any questions and help her until the next tuition session a couple of days later, but I'm not sure what the norm is for this type of thing - I grew up with computers, a day without internet and I get withdrawl! Do you normally do one session a week/consecutive days/a couple of days a week?
#10
I think that most places now do a sort of 'grey surfer' access course for free or low cost as part of the local life long education initatives.

There seem to be quite a few of that sort of thing when I get the local pamphlet through in August.
What the Con DemNation will do to that ..I don't know but I would think that there will be plenty of afternoon classes still.

I wouldn't shell out yet and it can't possibly be as bad as her previous experience.

Otherwise - just get her onto HUKD and she can find her own way to what she wants to do . Plenty of lovely members will help.
#11
If you find someone good, could you steer them in the direction of HUKD's mods. Someone needs to sort this mess out!

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