Do you have a parent, friend or relative that is completely computer illiterate but wants to learn? The action of teaching the art of information technology can be a tedious chore if you're not a patient person, even at the most basic of levels. That's okay because luckily for the both of you, neither of you will have to bang your heads on your desks anymore.
The Customs House Library is holding free beginners courses every Thursday between the 10th and the 27th of November. This means that they run on the 10th, the 17th and the 24th of this month. This doesn't mean that your technologically inpaired friend simply turns up to the Customs House, they do need to book in advance. In order to do so, it is important to call on (02) 92428555.
On each of these days, some seemingly patient individuals shall be offering three courses. From 10am until 11:30am is the introduction to computers. The internet basics for beginners section is scheduled from 12pm until 1:30pm. Finally, your loved one can learn email for beginners from 3pm until 4:30 pm. Because the course is on three Thursdays in a row, I'm certain they'll be able to book one workshop each week if they are slower learners. Because of the division, if they have basic computer skills but don't know how to send emails for example, or use the internet – they don't have to attend the whole day.
Each workshop is designed to build on the skills learned from the previous one and the City of Sydney Library boasts practicality. The Windows operating system is taught, sorry Mac fans. So although it requires a booking, this free set of computer workshops is definitely worth looking into. If you're constantly being bullied into teaching someone but you either don't have the patience, or quite frankly don't feel like it – that's okay, help is here.
Most of us complete our tasks so automatically on computers that it certainly does take a special type of person to have the level of patience required when teaching basic computer skills. If the person in need of the skills is against the idea, I highly recommend you point out that the organisers have hired professionals to teach them better than you will. This will also likely ensure that neither of you will experience basic computer skills trauma. Tell them not to be scared, because everyone there will be in the same boat and there are computer illiterate friends to be made. Who knows, maybe after the course they'll all be able to send frustrated emails to each other.