Personal Tuition Service

Basic computer literacy classes for Dorset’s older residents and personal one-to-one home tuition

Looking for computer lessons in the comfort of your own home? Would you like to gain a bit more confidence using your computer? If so I can offer you relaxed, friendly tuition in the comfort of your own home. If you own a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or iPad I can help you improve your skills. Perhaps you just need a bit of guidance to get to grips with sending an email, or searching for something on the internet. If it’s basic office skills like writing a letter or word processing, we can look at that too. You can learn at home, stress-free, and at your own pace.

So what are the advantages of home tuition?

  • I travel to you, so you can just relax.
  • You set your own pace. No time wasted.
  • Non-judgemental, friendly, patient teacher.
  • Private one-to-one personalised learning.
  • Focussed learning on what you want to achieve.
  • Use your own familiar computer or device.
  • Jargon-free clear explanations.
  • Clarity given to improve understanding of basics.

Where to start?

That’s a very common question. I’ll take you through the very first ABC steps to help you on your way. The computer will soon be your friend. We’ll debunk the mystery out of the machine. You may be a total beginner, and understandably feel a little nervous at first, or intimidated by all the jargon.

I’ll help you get the confidence to know what you’re doing, and understand all the terminology. We’ll take it at your own pace, no pressure, in a relaxed way. I like to keep it friendly and informal. It doesn’t matter what type of machine you own, desktop PC, laptop or tablet, or how new it is, progress can always be made. Familiarity is a good thing for beginners, so we’ll use your own machine, and tailor the lesson around your own needs, and what you want to get out of it. So if it’s just something specific you want to learn, that’s perfectly okay, we can look at that. The main thing is you will be using the machine right from the start, to build your confidence.

We can start with the very basics: starting up the computer, using the mouse and keyboard, and safely shutting down the machine. You can learn the basic computer terminology, and how to do things in a better way, and become more confident as a result. I can show you around the Windows system and help to get you updated with the latest version.

Here are some frequently asked questions:

What will I be taught?

That is entirely up to you. It may be that you just want to know about one thing in particular. Or it may be much more, so you decide. We’ll take it step by step until you get out of the lesson what you want to get out of it.

Do I have to commit up front to several lessons?

Not at all. You can book up just the one computer lesson, or more if you prefer. You can book more as and when you need.

How long does a computer lesson actually last?

The lesson lasts one hour. This can be varied according to your needs, and the price adjusted accordingly. It is often a good idea if it is your very first computer lesson to have a two-hour lesson to start with.

How much does each computer lessons cost?

The lessons will take place in your own home, or suitable venue. Lessons cost £20 for a full hour session. Payment is accepted at the end of the lesson by cash, cheque or mobile banking. OAPs are entitled to a 25% reduction.

Will it matter what type of  computer I have?

No. I can teach you on any computer that has any version of Microsoft Windows. Tablets and iPads can also be catered for.

Where do Wessex Digital offer computer lessons?

The area covered by Wessex Digital is Dorset and Hampshire within a 20-mile radius of the Poole and Bournemouth area. Visits in the BCP Council area of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch are covered by the basic fees. For further afield please contact me for a quote.

Can I fix computer hardware problems?

I can certainly teach you how to keep your computer free of ‘viruses’ and ‘spyware’. If you’re not confident with fixing computer hardware it’s probably a good idea to have a warranty on your computer. For warranted hardware repairs I would refer you to an IT specialist.

Can I teach anyone of any ages?

Yes. There is no upper or lower age limit to whom I can teach. The main objective however, is to help older people improve their computer skills.  Computer literacy among the older generation is improving, but there is still a lot to be done. As part of this effort I have provided support to Dorset Council’s Digital Champion programme, which aims to help our older citizens get online.

Computer Classes for the Elderly

If you are one of the Purbeck’s senior citizens and frankly find it all a little bit perplexing, then I have the ideal solution for you. I can tailor a short course of lessons dedicated to your own personal ability and requirements. You will be able to ask me absolutely anything you want, and I will attempt to explain things to you in jargon-free, plain and simple English.

‘Digital inclusion’ just means making sure you’re included with the rest of society that have the ability to access digital technology (computers, the internet etc.) and consequently, digital media (the web, email etc.). Some older people are getting left behind, and I want to help put that right by providing computer training for the elderly residents of Purbeck. If that’s you I can help.

What things can I learn to do with my computer?

There are so many ways of using your machine. It’s probably easier if I just set out a few ideas for you here. So the following is a list of things you could be doing with your machine.

Getting your computer online and exploring the Internet

  • Searching the web for information with Google, Bing or other such search engines
  • Computer lessons to learn how to shop and buy groceries online
  • Lessons on bidding on Ebay or buying and selling online
  • Research your family tree, and discover about your ancestors
  • Expand your knowledge and find answers to your questions with Wikipedia
  • Get the latest weather forecast for anywhere in the world
  • Learn how to join in with social media such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Computer lessons on how to use dating websites safely and securely
  • Find Up-to-date news bulletins, get all the latest headlines
  • Skype, video chatting with relatives, or anyone anywhere
  • Route planning, maps, directions and travel plans
  • Learn how to book flights and holidays abroad and find great offers

Get your own email address and learn how to read and reply to emails

  • Learning about emails and messaging systems
  • Computer lessons on how to send messages to family and friends by email
  • Send photos to people using email attachments
  • Build up an email address book of all your contacts
  • Retrieve your emails on the go from anywhere, libraries, web cafés etc.
  • Using different devices to retrieve emails such as your smartphone

Setting up your computer safely and securely

  • Setting up your computer to suit your personal requirements
  • Personalise the look and feel of your PC, the computer desktop
  • Learn about installing software and programs on your computer
  • Computer lessons on removing unwanted programs and software
  • How to protect yourself from scams and ID theft with secure passwords
  • Lessons on protecting your computer from damage with antivirus software
  • Getting broadband or Wi-Fi connected to your computer with a router
  • Lessons on using a webcam for chatting on Skype or video-calling
  • Installing your printer and any other hardware you may use with the computer
  • Learn about cleaning up your computer to make it work efficiently

An appreciation of digital photography, webcams and smartphones

  • Connecting your computer and camera together
  • Transferring photos between camera, smartphone and computer
  • Learn how to Edit and Photoshop your pictures for fun
  • Saving your photos to a disk or USB memory stick
  • Printing off your photos on photographic quality paper
  • Organising your photos into folders on your computer, lessons in archiving

Learning how to write letters and documents on your computer

  • Writing a letter in a word processor and print it off
  • Create special templates for invoices or estimates
  • Getting creative to make cards for celebrations, birthdays or Christmas etc.
  • Lessons on desktop publishing to produce flyers or newsletters
  • Save and organise documents on the hard drive of your computer
  • Edit documents to change their appearance, lessons in document construction
  • Printing labels for envelopes and making business stationary
  • Learn about graphics, JPEGs, GIFs and putting them in your documents
  • Computer lessons on scanning documents and photographs to your hard drive

An introduction to MS-Office software

  • Learn the basics of setting up a spreadsheet using MS Excel
  • Prepare a presentation of slides using MS PowerPoint

Learn about files and folders on your computer

  • Learn about MS Windows and the operating system
  • Organise your work by creating a filing system with folders
  • Computer lessons on how to copy, paste, move and delete files or folders
  • Copying files to a disk or memory stick for more permanent storage
  • Learning the importance of creating back-ups on to disk or OneDrive
  • Using web storage or the cloud to save and back-up important files and photos

Entertainment and recreation with your computer

  • Playing games, gaming alone or with others on the internet
  • Enjoying your music, films, DVDs, plus downloading and streaming films
  • Record music, learn how to burn music off to DVDs or a memory stick
  • Lessons on how to create graphics on your computer for fun
  • Research and discover a world of information through using search engines
  • Learn how to browse the web, just following links for fun, to see where it takes you!
  • Online dating safely, and making friends on social media such as Facebook

So what qualifies me to teach you?

I have a teaching qualification (L3 AET) and have been a tutor with Skills & Learning Adult Community Education’s Community Engagement and Learning Team (CEL) formerly at Poole Borough Council, and now BCP Council (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole) for several years, and there I have been involved in teaching computer classes for adults, such as the AgeWell programme in Blandford.

I have also had experience as a Digital Champion with Dorset For You, where I provided personal one-to-one computer tuition in various Dorset libraries and village halls throughout the Purbeck region, whilst including the promotion of the roll-out of the Superfast Dorset programme. Based in Wessex, I have been involved in various aspects of computing for over 30 years now. During that time I have provided technical support, worked as a magazine editor, a web publisher; and have built and hosted websites for dozens of satisfied clients in Purbeck, Dorset and London.

Get your computer lessons booked today

Computer Lessons are available Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Please contact me to book a convenient time and date. All computer training sessions / computer lessons take place at your (the customer’s) home or chosen venue using your (the customer’s) own computer, tablet or smartphone. I can do home visits throughout the Purbeck, Dorset area. I offer a discount off your first lesson, if you are booking two lessons in advance. Contact me to get a quote and I look forward to helping you.
Regards, Colin W.

PLEASE NOTE: To comply with UK Government COVID-19 measures, web design workshops and all personal tuition have unfortunately been suspended until further notice.