Have you ever had the experience of going to a computer training center and realized how much computer stuff you don't know? I know when I started in the computer industry in the early 90's I had trouble just remembering my password after 15 minutes of one-on- one instruction, much less how the computer actually worked. Let's face it, no one wakes up one day and says, I am a genius with this computer stuff. We all had to start some where and for most people, computers can be very confusing and intimidating. And that is where the computer trainer comes in.
Oh yeah, the computer trainer. The person that knows everything about computers and will make learning your new computer skills easy and quick. Yeah, right, fat chance of that happening. Have you ever visited a large computer training center and wondered why computers are so confusing for the client or student? The answer is usually because of the computer trainer. Most trainers seemed to have forgotten what it was like when they first tackled the "wonder box". But over time, they developed magical knowledge that no one else seemed to have.
So why would someone with so much so-called smarts not want to share their knowledge with their students? The answer is very simple. It makes them look smarter. All they have to do is through out a couple of big fancy-smancy computer words to the class and you are a genius. That is fine and dandy if a computer trainer wants to impress Bill Gates, but to the new computer user that just pulled the computer out of the box or was told by the boss they better learn that computer stuff, the trainer does the student no good.
So what does a computer trainer need to do? The main thing is to remember how they felt when they first started using the computer and how they wanted to pull their hair out when they thought they would never learn the stuff. How they were afraid to even touch the computer. Computer trainers fail to realize not all the students want to become computer geeks and nerds. The everyday user want to know how to do the simple stuff like how to do a letter, track their finances with a spreadsheet, develop a slide presentation for their company or club, or make a simple website. A trainer needs to make the complicated world of a computer simple, easy and fun for the client or student. Let's face it, not everyone is or wants to become a systems administrator or has enough certifications to cover a wall a Subway. The majority of computer users are beginners that want to learn how to be more productive at home or in the work place.
So what does it take for a computer trainer to help students learn the computer? Try keeping the computer sessions and information simple and fun. Every trainer has a big responsibility to teach others what they know so the student can be more productive. Trainers need to realize you have got to keep the training simple because if the student can't learn, you do them no good. So keep it simple…please!!
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in Cabot, Arkansas. QuickLearn Computer Training Services offers all types of Microsoft Office training for individual users and small businesses. For more information visit the QuickLearn Computer Training Services website at http://quicklearncomputertraining.com