My specialty is in Excel. I make this program accessible to the user, so that they, in turn can make it understandable to their audience. I see it as a communication tool that will help you tell a story, and I believe that stories are the best way for you to get your message across effectively.
I learned my computer skills as a Business Analyst for a major newspaper publishing company, and have applied those skills to other enterprises in the private, non-profit, and public sector. I have taught fellow employees, senior citizens, job-seekers, and students (but aren't we all students, really?).
Before we begin the learning process, I conduct a proficiency pre-assessment of the student to determine the areas in which we need to focus. That way, we don't waste time on skills that have already been implemented. If your skills need to be strengthened, however, then we will do that with exercises that implement new skills as well.
Another vital skill that I emphasize is the mitigation of errors. I will provide the student with strategies to avoid in order to reduce and eliminate errors and error messages.
I also teach MS Word and PowerPoint. I apply the same strategies to these subjects as I do to Excel, as the storytelling aspects of these applications are approached from the visualization of the story as well.
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