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Learn the functions of the various buttons on your phone or tablet as well as the many different gestures you can use to interact with a touchscreen.
Efficiently typing on a touch screen is no small feat. Learn about the different input methods available and choose what's right for you. Also learn about app conventions like menu placement, buttons, and lists.
Learn how to access and customize the settings on your mobile device. Also get a crash course on the myriad icons that are used on touchscreens.
We'll review your mobile plan and make sure it's right for you. Also, you'll learn how to tell when you're using data, how to monitor your usage, and how to limit data usage when you have to.
Learn how applications are managed by the operating system on your device, how to tell if an app is safe, and where to find and download apps.
This lesson gives an overview of messaging apps available on iOS devices starting with the default text messaging app, iMessage, and including apps like Mail, WhatsApp, and Hangouts.
This lesson gives an overview of messaging and emailing apps available on Android devices starting with the default text messaging app and including apps like Hangouts, Gmail, Inbox, and WhatsApp.
Syncing is when two devices, like a phone and computer, share data with one another so your applications stay in sync, no matter which device you're on. In this lesson we'll go through which of your apps are synced, and how to turn this feature on and off. Additionally, we'll cover how to sync things like contacts and messages, which makes switching to a new device seamless.
Learn how to sync apps, photos, music and more between your computer and all of your Apple devices using iCloud. You'll also learn techniques for limiting iCloud usage, which is great for users who are bumping against the 5GB free limit.
If it's possible to do with a phone, there's an app (or 6) for it. We'll teach you how to use any app you want. Just let us know!
Are you looking to buy a laptop or PC, but aren't sure where to start? Talk with a Tech Tutor about your computer needs, and we can assist you in choosing the right PC for you.
Learn about the essential parts of your computer setup including your modem and router, Internet Service Provider (ISP), WiFi network name and password, basic parts of your computer, and how to perform all common mouse actions.
This lessons is a quick tour of Apple's desktop operating system, OS X. It covers the basics of your Apple ID, the Dock and Launcher, system preferences, and updating OS X.
This lessons is a quick tour of the Windows Operating System. It covers logging in, the Start Menu, managing open windows in the taskbar, the Control Panel, and updating Windows.
Build a solid foundation for safely using the Internet. Learn what a browser is, how to install one, how to use the address bar, and how to search the Internet. In addition, this lesson will teach you how to identify advertising and give you some guidelines on how to stay safe online.
Email is absolutely central to modern communication. Learn the very basics of how to send, open, archive, and delete emails. This lesson will give you some tips on email etiquette and safety, as well as how to keep your inbox organized. Since your email is probably your most important online account, it is highly recommended that you also complete the Passwords: General Guide. It shows you step-by-step how to keep your online accounts safe.
Learn the best strategies for keeping all your online accounts safe with this step-by-step guide on password management.
Programs are the lifeblood of a computer. This lesson will show you how to find, install, and remove programs from your computer. It also covers program conventions like menus and toolbars, which, when understood, will make learning new programs much easier.
Programs are the lifeblood of a computer. This lesson will show you how to find, install, and remove programs from your computer. It also covers program conventions like menus and toolbars, which, when understood, will make learning new programs much easier. Malware scanning programs are vital to keeping your computer healthy. It is recommended that you complete Malware Removal: A Step-by-Step Guide along with this lessons.
This guide will walk you through how to scan your computer for viruses and other malware, as well as familiarize you with your computer's security settings.
Being able to work with text is perhaps the most important skill for efficient and enjoyable computer use. This lesson is mainly focused on text manipulation skills. It is also covers creating and saving files, simple document formatting, and an introduction to desktop shortcuts.
Being able to search the Internet is an incredibly valuable skill. Learn tips and techniques to find the answers you're looking for. The lesson also covers browser features like bookmarks, add-ons, and extensions.
Delve a little deeper into your computer's operating system. Learn how to create new folders, move files around, and keep your file system organized. You'll also get an introduction to file types and how the operating system sets default programs.
Learn some of the more advanced features of emailing like attachments, contacts, archiving, text formatting, and more.
A major pain point for novice computer users is when programs just don't work. Figuring out why and fixing it is called troubleshooting. This lesson will give you a strategy on how to troubleshoot most problems, and how to get help from Tech Tutors when you need it.
Google offers a wide variety of free tools and services. This lesson gives an overview of the most popular of these including the cloud-based office suite and file system, Google Drive; the online and mobile payment system, Google Wallet; Google's social network, Google+; along with Maps, Calendar, and YouTube. This lesson will give you a perspective on what kind of tools are out there. With this insight, you'll be able to form a better idea of what you might want to learn next.
Apple devices, such as and iMac and an iPhone, are designed to be synced with one another and integrated into your lifestyle. This lesson will give an overview of some of the most useful apps and services provided by Apple, and how to get the most out of them. This includes Calendar, iTunes, Movies, Books, and more. Although all these programs on an iMac have counterparts on iPhone and iPad, this lessons focuses on the OS X versions. For more on iPhones and iPads, check out the Mobile & Tablets section.
Discover some of the best ways to find and read content on the Internet. Get articles from your favorite sources delivered to you and organized via RSS feeds. Learn about the basic structure and organization of a blog.
Get acquainted with some of the most popular streaming music services like Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud, Songza, and iHeartRadio. Also learn how to use streaming video services like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, PBS Video, and Vimeo.
Learn how to shop online for goods and services. Find what you're looking for, compare prices, checkout safely, manage receipts, and track orders.
Use Google Maps to find reviews on businesses in your area and get directions to them including live navigation.
Use Apple Maps to find reviews on businesses in your area and get directions to them including live navigation.
Navigate the ins and outs of the de facto social network. Learn the differences between posts, status updates, and messages. Create groups and events, chat with friends, connect with apps, and more.
Learn how to make video calls, chat, and screen share with Google Hangouts, FaceTime, or Skype using your computer, phone, or tablet.
Interact with others in a longer dialog through question-and-answer sites, blog posts, and forums.
This lesson is a broad overview of the rest of the most popular social sites on the web like Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and Flickr.
Save yourself the hassle of writing and mailing checks every month by paying your bills online. During this lesson we'll get you set up with everything you need to find and pay your bills online and how to safely archive the receipts.
Learn how to safely check and pay your credit card balances and review and use your rewards. This lesson also covers how to transfer money between accounts online, and how to track all your accounts from a single dashboard using Mint.com.
Discover the finer details of creating documents like creating tables, adding headers and footers, and inserting images.
Learn how to make a budget, calculate expenses, and construct simple formulas using spreadsheet programs like Microsoft Excel.
Learn to create slide shows and other presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint, Libre Office Impress, Google Slides, or Apple Keynote.
Create and share multiple calendars and task lists for you, your family members, co-workers, etc. Learn how to keep track of all your commitments and sync your schedule between your phone and computer.
Learn the pros and cons of popular cloud storage options like Dropbox and Google Drive.
Get help selling your things online using the popular classifieds site Craigslist. We will teach you how to create and monitor posts, communicate with interested buyers, and give you guidelines on how to safely close a deal including collecting payment.
Learn to find and play the best games online and offline.
Get an overview of how to "play" fantasy sports. Learn how to create or join a league, draft your team, and get started. It's easy to learn, and impossible to master.
Turn a 5-minute break into a 2-hour excursion down the Internet rabbit hole with these sites.
Learn to save, organize, and share your digital photos.
Learn how to use streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora, and learn about different options for saving and playing music files.
Learn how to backup all your important files using external storage devices, and get help figuring out which storage device is right for you.
Get help setting up and using your streaming video devices like Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV.
Creating a website for your business can be an expensive and confusing process, especially if you're not sure what you do and don't need. This lessons shows you the various ways to make a website for your business, including DIY sites like Squarespace and Wix, along with web development studios and hosting companies like GoDaddy, Yahoo!, AT&T, and more. We'll also go through the pros and cons of each, and find which option is right for your situation.
Some of the make-your-own-site services like Wix and Squarespace can make it sound like a beautiful, customized web site is just a few clicks away. Then you find out there are dozens of configuration options, and you're just not sure where to start. Tech Tutors to the rescue! We'll sit down with you and walk you through how to change all the different options for your site, how to add features, and answer any other questions you may have.
If your site needs some work, but you're not sure where to start, let us help! Our web experts can help you diagnose and fix any web site problem you've got.
WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) used on the web. It's versatile, easy to set up, and comes loaded with a bunch of ready-to-use features. If you've never managed a site though, WordPress can be a bit difficult to figure out. In the lesson you'll learn the details about posts, pages, themes, plugins, and more.
This lesson introduces you to cloud storage for business. Learn about the pros and cons, as well as the different options available. We'll help you pick out the right company and the right plan to suit your business' unique needs. We'll also show you how to connect all your devices and make sure you know how to get the most out of your storage subscription.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the practice of getting your web site listed as high as possible in search results. For example, if you're a pizza place and someone searches for "pizza places in LA," you want your site listed at the top of the search results. Lots of companies would have you believe that SEO is extremely complicated and expensive, but the truth is, it isn't. This lesson will show you simple things you can do to make sure your site is listed as high as possible in search results.
Learn to use Google Analytics, the free web analytics service, to gain valuable insights for your website. Find out how people are getting to your site, how long they stay, and what they do when they're there. This lesson includes directions on how to create and track goals and custom events, how to perform A/B testing, how to evaluate an ad campaign's effectiveness, and more.
Have you heard about all these different social media sites, but aren't sure what to make of it? This lessons provides a detailed overview of the landscape of social networking for business. You will get explanations and instructions on how to set up business accounts for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Groupon, TripAdvisor, and Yelp.
Restaurants have their own world of social media online. This is a supplemental lesson to Social Media for Business with information specifically for restaurants. Learn how to get started with food delivery services like GrubHub or Eat24, offer reservations through OpenTable and Yelp's SeatMe, or share the location of your food truck.
With almost 900 million active users per day, Facebook is an excellent way to promote your business and engage with your customers. You'll learn how to use the various features of your Facebook business page, including page promotion, boosting posts, how to write engaging posts, and measuring your results. This lesson assumes you have already created a Facebook page for your business.
Advertise in Google search results using Google AdWords. In this lesson you'll learn how to keyword plan, implement a campaign, track results, evaluate effectiveness and ROI, and use this information to improve your advertising.
As the most popular review site, Yelp is a huge influence on consumers. This lesson will show you how to deal with bad reviews, advertise on Yelp, and offer discounts and gift certificates through your Yelp page, which can help you garner more and better reviews. This lesson assumes you have already claimed your Yelp business page.
Learn how to create a business profile on LinkedIn, how to do business-to-business marketing and networking, and the different premium options the social network for business offers.
Get a guided intro to QuickBooks (desktop program) for the following versions: Pro, Premier, Accountant, and Enterprise. We'll get you up and running with a lesson covering the basics including setting up customers and vendors, and creating transactions.
Track and manage your inventory using QuickBooks. This lesson will show you how to correctly set-up your inventory system, purchase inventory from vendors, and track inventory sold.
Monitor and maintain the accuracy of your books. In this lessons you'll learn which reports to run and which numbers to check to make sure your QuickBooks file is up to date. Additionally, you'll get a quarterly and yearly checklist to help you keep track of what you need to do.
Get started with the online version of QuickBooks. It may be less versatile than it's desktop counterpart, but the monthly subscription-based service does have unique benefits. For instance you can access it from any Internet-connected device.
Learn the details of managing vendors, paying employees, and tracking expenses with QuickBooks Online.
Learn to create PDF invoices, reports, and other documents using a word processor.
Keep track of data sets using spreadsheets. Learn how to create formulas, and generate graphs and tables.
This lesson is an overview of how a web site gets from a developer's computer to a server to an end user, and gives a brief descriptions of the different technologies involved at each point. If you're interested in becoming a developer, this lesson will give you a great frame of reference to start with.
This lesson covers the layout and design language of the web, HTML and CSS respectively. Gain insight into what purpose each language serves and how they work.
Learn the nuts and bolts of what it takes to push files from your computer to a server so they're live on the Internet.
Learn the basics of Object Oriented Programming (OOP), the programming model that powers basically all of today's most popular websites.
If you want to get freelance web development jobs, learning to work with WordPress is a good idea. In this lesson you'll learn how to configure and deploy a WordPress site as well as how to create a custom theme.
Get help learning the popular MVC framework, Ruby on Rails. Learn not only the basics of Rails, but also get familiar with a Rails workflow including GitHub and Heroku.
Get started creating backends with Node.js and Express.
Get acquainted with this frontend MVC framework from Google. Learn about directives, services, and modules as well as how to integrate with existing apps.
Take your web development skills to the next level with advanced lessons in any of the intro courses offered above. Please indicate the topic in the instructions section during checkout or call us for more information.
This introduction course will cover the basics of creating and deploying an app to Google Play using the Eclipse IDE.
Learn the basics of using Xcode to create a simple iOS app.
Learn how to manage users and devices using iTunes Connect to test your app, and learn how to properly configure your app for deployment in Xcode.
Go beyond the basics of Android or iOS development. Please indicate the topic in the instructions section during checkout or call us for more information.
Learn the basics of this powerful image editing program including layers, effects, filters, touch-ups, color adjustments, and more.
This course provides a foundation to create vector images for logos, illustrations, and icons for print or digital media.
Lightroom is great for professional and amateur photographers alike. Learn how to view, manage, and edit a large number of digital photos.
Take your image editing skills to the next level with advanced lessons in Photoshop, Illustrator, or Lightroom. Please indicate the topic in the instructions section during checkout or call us for more information.
Learn the basics of Audicity, a free audio editor for recording, slicing, and mixing audio.
Get familiar with this digital audio workstation for recording, arranging, and editing music. Learn to connect your equipment, setup audio and MIDI tracks, apply effects, and use VST plug-ins.
Learn to use this audio production platform, arguably the industry standard. Learn to connect your equipment, setup audio and MIDI tracks, apply effects, and use VST plug-ins.
Expand your knowledge with advanced lessons in Audacity, Cubase, or Pro Tools. Please indicate the topic in the instructions section during checkout or call us for more information.
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