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Like it or not, computers play a huge role in our day to day life. You can rest assured that whether you’re paying for your shopping at self-service till, calling a friend on your smart phone or changing the audio settings in your car, a computer is involved somewhere along the line. There’s no denying that the digital age has very much arrived.
This means that computer skills are more essential to our daily life that they ever have been, both on a professional and personal level. Many of our jobs revolve around computers now - as do personal administrative tasks such as paying our bills or contacting our landlords - and we all rely on those tiny computers that we carry around in our pockets (also known as smartphones). So, whether you’re aspiring to work in a digital role or you just want to make your life a little simpler, there’s no better time than now to brush up on your computer skills by studying ICT with a private tutor.
Whether to supplement your school studies, learn the fundamentals from scratch or explore a new specialism, there are many benefits to seeking study support or tutoring in computing.
Computer science is becoming a core element of young people’s education and an essential subject for success in the digital age. Whether or not you aspire to become a computer scientist or software developer, basic computer skills are now a prerequisite for most employers.
The demand for computer skills is felt in every sector, whether you work in retail, food manufacture, fashion or marketing. Administrators are expected to use computers to create and manage communication systems to ensure that the right information is shared with the right people. Anyone from marketing assistants to journalists and writers are expected to manipulate photos and videos using computer software. And gone are the days of the old-fashioned till, most retail employees now work on multiple point of sale software platforms, dependent on the product. In brief, fluency on the computer is an essential asset to you CV.
For young people who are growing up around computers this may come as second nature, but for adults who have become initiated into the digital world later in life this can feel incredibly daunting. An introductory beginner course in computer skills might be the perfect way to build both confidence and vital skills.
Whilst some individuals feel tormented by the prevalence of computers, others see it as an opportunity. Knowing how your technology works gives you a great deal of freedom and anyone from small business owners to freelance graphic designers, illustrators and writers can and should use their computer skills to promote their work on the online marketplace. With a vast array of simple-to-use website-building software available, an education in computer basics will set you in the right direction for creating and maintaining your own website.
For some, computers are more than just a tool – they’re a vocation! Depending on your specialism, computing courses at university can lead to any one of the following careers:
A qualification in computing may not be essential for certain positions but could be incredibly helpful if you want to become a digital copywriter, IT trainer, nanotechnologist, network engineer, social media manager, sound designer, supply chain manager, technical author or web content manager.
In addition to learning technical skills through your computer studies, you’ll develop invaluable transferable skills that help you throughout your life. Computing encourages an analytical and methodical approach to problem solving, demanding out-of-the-box creative thinking and the ability to stay calm and break down a task into manageable chunks. It also helps to develop your commercial awareness and you’ll find that you’ll be able to adapt to changes in technology with ease.
Boost your grades at school or college and enhance you CV for an edge over the competition by seeking extra-curricular support in computing.
Free and pay-for resources available online can help to set you off in your studies, from short independent study courses to part-time distance learning qualifications.
If you want to learn independently but aren’t sure where to start, websites such as FutureLearn, open.edu and MIT Open Courseware offer free online courses that give structure to your learning, all the while leaving you with the freedom to work at your own pace. These courses go from the absolute basics to the nichest of the niche. FutureLearn’s How Computers Work course will help you explore the absolute fundamentals of computing (computer architecture, binary logic, data processing, circuits and more) whilst MIT’s Computer System Engineering course focuses on more advanced skills around the engineering of computer software and hardware systems.
These courses range from 2 weeks to years in length (many of MIT’s courses share information from taught undergraduate degrees) and are ideal for those who enjoy and thrive upon independent learning. The downside is that you receive no feedback on your work and progress, nor are there any tutors to answer your tricky questions. If you’re interested in pursuing undergraduate studies, there are plenty of distance learning courses available where you will be able to communicate with an academic tutor. However, many individuals prefer to learn in a class setting where they can meet and build a rapport with their tutor.
If you learn better in a social environment with the support of a teacher, consider seeking a computing course in a local educational institution.
Adult learning courses are offered in most schools, colleges and universities, usually running on weekday evenings. They’re ideal if you’re an absolute novice and don’t feel confident about following a computing course online, but remember that group classes often work to a set pace and the teacher won’t always have time to give you as much individual feedback and support as you’d like. Computing evening classes tend to focus on fundamental computer skills, but availability is limited if you’re interested in exploring specialist subjects. If you’re happy with your grasp of the fundamentals and want to develop your understanding within a niche, an intensive computing course or ‘boot-camp’ might be more up your street.
Intensive courses tend to be full-time and run for 1 – 2 weeks. As the online marketplace has become more central to our society, coding boot camps have become particularly popular and can be found in most major cities. The benefit of these courses is that you are immersed in the subject and surrounded by like-minded people, however boot camp courses will often be fast-paced with little time to reflect upon or practise what you have learned – it can be easy to feel left behind! It’s also important to have self-discipline and continue to practise your skills once the course is complete so that you don’t become rusty.
For a more sustainable and personalised learning journey, why not study computing skills with a private tutor?
Your computing private tutor will work with you on an individual basis to help you meet your personal and professional learning goals, whether you want to learn the basics for work or dream of becoming the next big name in games development. With only one student to focus on, they can adapt the session to fit your pace and learning style, giving you constructive feedback on how you can improve and monitoring your progress to help you stay motivated. Plus, you can learn when and where you want to suit your schedule – your tutor can come to you or even work with you online.
But where do you find a private tutor? You could search the web, ask for recommendations or ask in your local college or university… but why not make things simple and use Superprof instead?
Superprof is a platform designed to connect those who want to teach with those who want to learn and we currently have a pool of nearly 5,000 computing tutors.
It’s incredibly simple to use; select your location and ability level, choose where you want to learn and how much you want to pay, and browse the results.
Once you’ve chosen a tutor, read through their background and methodology to get an idea for their teaching style (each tutor’s profile follows the same format to make comparison easy). Recommendations from previous and current students should give you a good idea of how your tutor works, but most Superprof tutors offer a free taster lesson so that you can see for yourself too.
Unlock your inner coder, learn the skills you need to build a website or simply master the fundamentals by browsing our pool of Superprof tutors today!