Welcome to Computer Mentor

By your side when you need guidance.
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Looking for a reliable, computer-savvy friend?

Someone to chat to for IT guidance, general advice, or to help with a specific problem?

 

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Do you feel that your small business website needs updating or a redesign? But you aren’t really sure where to start?

Maybe you’re wondering about how to best leverage social media for your business?

Is your email newsletter or blog feeling tired and not generating much interest any more?

Do you wish you knew how to improve the visual appearance of  your print documents?

Not interested in attending a computer class using different equipment, with a teacher who goes too fast covering things that aren’t relevant?

 

You need your own computer mentor – a friend who’ll spend the time getting to know you, your knowledge, equipment, what you need online and what you need to know.

 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT MENTORING

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Get Online

Computer Mentor will get you online – simply, easily and straightforwardly!

With clear, everyday advice I’ll relieve the technology trauma of running your 21st century web presence. You know … those things like your out-of-date or boring website, or email newsletters that don’t get sent, or pictures that haven’t been shared on social media. Any number of the little things that will make your business more vibrant, current and profitable.

As your personal Computer Mentor I’ll take your hand and guide you through the minefield of establishing a great online profile. I’ll listen to your needs and concerns, then design a website, email newsletter or social media profile that will fit your requirements – and I won’t bamboozle you with tech-speak or high cost add-ons.

Then once your site is there, I can maintain and update it for you, ensuring there’s always something new and interesting for your customers to experience. However, if you’d rather do this bit yourself, I’ll show you how and then be available if you have any little glitches or queries.

 

 

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Who can benefit from having their own computer mentor? Anyone – perhaps this is you:

 

Small Business

When you run a small or micro-business you should be doing what you’re good at – not wasting time struggling with the computer! click here for more

Teachers

Despite greater than ever access to technology, many teachers are intimidated by computers. It’s a great confidence zapper if you, your computer and your new interactive whiteboard are not working together seamlessly. click here for more

Students

It’s a common perception that all young people today are born “knowing” how to operate computer technology. Many do – but there are also many students who find it all a bit bewildering. click here for more

Seniors

Isn’t it frustrating when your computer doesn’t do what you want it to, the programs are too complex or you’re just not sure what’s happening? click here for more

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Update Your Print

When creating print projects, good design and formatting makes all the difference. The visual appearance of your print media is of equal importance as the content. You need your documents to look clean, accessible and inviting so that readers will easily find and understand the information you’re providing.

Document design includes everything from setting margins and placing headings, to choosing graphics and determining the use of colour, and a great graphic can condense, compare, and display information more effectively than words.

Flyers, brochures, manuals, and presentations give you lots of room for originality and benefit from appropriately placed visuals, while your invoices must be clear and concise.

If print document design is not your strong point, Computer Mentor is here to help you. I will transform your printed documents into attractive, up-to-date documents. I’ll show you how to edit them yourself and then save and backup all your important files. Don’t let a computer failure cause you to lose your most precious business collateral – your files.

 

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What other things can Computer Mentor help you with?

 

Working together, we will discuss your requirements and select any or all Computer Mentor services to fit your needs, at any level you require.

Inform, advise and help you select online and print products that will best suit your requirements. I will explain their purpose and differences, and offer recommendations and cost estimations.

Design, develop and build a website using the WordPress engine, including e-commerce sites. Weebly and Square Space sites are also available.

Establish or manage domain name renewals, site hosting contract, and business email addresses.

Develop and manage email newsletter campaigns, including design, formatting and sending.

Instigate, design and maintain your social media presence, eg. Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

Establish or modify your PayPal account and link to your e-commerce business.

Create, update and manage your customer relationship management (CRM) processes to ensure your list is up-to-date and attracting new subscribers.

Locate and procure copyright-friendly images and advise on citations and referencing sources.

Arrange for professional copy writing and graphic design services.

Provide Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Google Analytics to monitor website performance.

Edit, format and publish attractive print documents, presentations, spreadsheets and invoices using Microsoft Office or Google document formats.

Photograph and image editing, enhancement and creativity using Adobe Photoshop.

Basic movie-making and editing using Adobe Premier Pro.

 

We work as a team on your web, digital and print needs with as little or as much involvement from me as you require.

mentoring

MENTOR: a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.

Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved January 03, 2015

 

I f you’re looking for something more personal than a computer class using different equipment, with a teacher who goes too fast covering things that aren’t relevant … then you’ve found it here.

As your computer mentor, I’ll spend the time getting to know you, your equipment, and work to understand what you do and do not already know. I’ll learn how your computer works and what you need it to do for you.

This is why we use your own computer. It ensures that everything is relevant to you and the issues you experience. A true mentoring experience centres on you – so you get the benefit. We’ll only work on what you need to know right now.

Using secure software, we can both see and move around on your computer screen while we talk on the phone. That way I can show you exactly what to do. It’s almost like I’m sitting right beside you in person.

As your personal computer tutor I’m completely flexible; I’ll fit into your timetable and can spend as much or as little time covering a topic as you need. It doesn’t matter how fast it is or how long it takes, the only important thing is that you feel that you’re confident in what you need to know. And if you want to revisit the same topic again next time, that’s OK – we all need to go over things more than once!

I can help teach you about your existing equipment or educate you about what’s new in technology. And when you’re ready to move on I can introduce you to other topics you may not yet know about.

Building confidence is always important. As your confidence grows and you move on to new topics, I’ll be there when you need me for support.

 

PERHAPS ONE OF THESE IS YOU …

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For Small Business

Small business workerWhen you run a small or micro-business, you have to know lots about your product and a little about countless other things – just to keep the wheels turning. You should be doing what you’re good at and making money! Not wasting precious time struggling with the computer.

Preparing professional-looking quotes, invoices, newsletters, emails or spreadsheets will all benefit from the eye of an expert advisor. I’ll help you create personal, professionally formatted documents and then show you how to edit, configure, save and email them.

To be credible, all businesses today need a web presence and an attractive, up-to-date site is a necessity. I will explain the process, in everyday language, and then design a professional, but simple website without all the fuss, bells and whistles. After that I’ll show you how you can easily edit it with no specialised computer knowledge. You’ll be surprised the difference it will make for you professionally.

Computer Mentor, your computer guru – just what your business needs, and just when you need it.

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For Teachers

teacher computer user imageA wealth of research shows that despite greater than ever access to technology, many teachers are intimidated, thinking that their students know more about computers than they do. It’s a great confidence zapper if you, your computer and your new interactive whiteboard are not working together seamlessly.  

There are plenty of credible educational technology organizations out there who can present you with quality materials, lesson plans and activities for use in your classroom, but that’s not what Computer Mentor is about.

We’re your technology savvy buddy. The person who inspires you with lots of ideas for interesting, up-to-date, fun and innovative ways to reach 21st century learners using the technology they engage with every day. We’re overflowing with ideas of cool tools, fun sites, and awesome media publishing methods for your students to unlock their innovation, creativity, and collaboration.

This area is for those people who are looking to master a new computer skill.

Browse the modules and make your choice. Next you’ll receive access a secure interactive tutoring area with lots of information about the topic of your choice including links and video clips.

This is true mentoring. We work together, using your computer, on the things that are important to you.

You’d just like someone by your side, guiding and teaching you while making sure that you don’t fall into traps along the way.

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For Seniors

seniors using computer imageIsn’t it frustrating when your computer doesn’t do what you want it to, the programs are too complex or you’re just not sure what’s happening?

Perhaps you know you could be using the computer for more, but you really don’t know what for? Or where to start!

You’ve asked your children or grandchildren to help you. But  they move so fast you can’t follow them and quickly lose patience when you don’t understand. They just can’t comprehend that it’s all foreign to you, and more than just a little bit scary! So you don’t ask again…

This is when you need your mentor.

 

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For Students

computer student imageIt’s a common perception that all young people today are born “knowing” how to operate computer technology. Many do – but there are also many students who find it all a bit bewildering…

By secondary school, students are just expected to know how to research a topic and present their learning using a word processor, presentation program or other office product. Generally study workload prevents time in class to ask for help on using these complex programs.

Often students are expected to access required resources or present assignments within a specific learning management system or proprietary collaborative environment. Social media, learner networks, online forums and virtual groups can be overwhelming to some students who are not naturally technologically inclined.

This area is for those people who are looking to master a new computer skill.

Browse the modules and make your choice. Next you’ll receive access a secure interactive tutoring area with lots of information about the topic of your choice including links and video clips.

This is true mentoring. We work together, using your computer, on the things that are important to you.

You’d just like someone by your side, guiding and teaching you while making sure that you don’t fall into traps along the way.

 

contact

Computer Mentor is the business of Cheryl Hill, who is often referred to as being “very patient”.

Sixteen years of experience in teaching both adults and children to use computer technology has ensured that Cheryl understands how it feels to be frustrated and at a loss with your computer. Computer Mentor has grown during this time as she solves the technology needs of her customers. Cheryl has a portfolio of customers for whom she has developed attractive, easy to self-manage websites and email marketing lists.

Cheryl currently works part time in a northern Sydney primary school as the Specialist Computer Teacher as well as working with selected private clients. Cheryl holds a Master of ICT in Education, a Cert IV in Training and Assessment, a Foundations of Virtual Instruction Certificate, is a Microsoft Application Specialist, and is the recipient of many industry recognition certificates.

When not teaching and working with technology, Cheryl loves to volunteer her time assisting the Sydney based animal rescue group, CatRescue 901. If you have a love of animals, particularly cats, please visit their site.

If you would like to get in touch, please complete this form. You’ll receive a response as soon as possible.