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Here are the four most important influences on our courses:

  • Keep it simple.
  • People learn best when they are having fun, and trust their teacher.
  • The human brain tends to find it difficult to concentrate after 45 minutes.
  • Jargon is bad. The biggest barrier to learning is all of the TLAs (Three Lettered Acronyms) you have to learn. All of our courses are in concise plain English.

We view the tutor as a guide whose job is assist the learner. So don't expect to be spoon-fed the answers, as you are going to do a lot of the work yourself. Our style is question based, and informal. If we don't know the answer, we'll tell you and try and find it out.

All our courses are hands on and practical in nature. However we recognise the importance of history and will talk about why the something works the way it does.

Here are some people who have influenced our philosophy:

We like to encourage people to use open-source (free) computer programs. However these usually require a fair degree of computer knowledge, and so don't recommend it to start with. It is also harder to get support from your family and friends who may never have seen it before. However some programs such as the web browser Firefox can be used after a short period of time.

We like cats.