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How is it possible to explain things to people who are completely clueless on computers. I mean, they drive me insane -_- I know people who don't know how to download a file, don't know what software means, and don't know how to copy and paste. Any way to explain things to them in a "dumbful" manner?

asked Mar 07 '11 at 21:45

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First off if you approach it like you are now, you will never be any kind of a teacher of anything let alone computers.

To be able to teach you need to accept their ability level and go from there.

You need to try to understand what is going on in their heads and how to lead them to.

You need to be patient.

You need to find a way to relate the information to things they do in everyday life.

People who come off as you just did will never become a good teacher of anything computer related.

So if you are going to come off that way, don't even try to help them.

answered Mar 07 '11 at 21:53

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edited Mar 07 '11 at 21:57

XD That's good advice :) Thanks :) I think when I tell them something though they play dumb. You'll laugh at me and my friend's conversation: Her: I don't know how. Me: To download it? Her: yea Me: Just click the blue text Her: I don't wanna XD I told her she was hopeless.

(Mar 07 '11 at 22:01) jebug29 jebug29's gravatar image

He isn't planning on it, hence why he's asking the question.

(Mar 07 '11 at 22:02) Rizzy Rizzy's gravatar image

I deal with the very same thing, night after night at my job, and have been talking like this to the public for the last 10 years - every night essentially.

I play a theatre pipe organ. People can see the organ pipes through the windows, mechanical actions, and its drums, cymbals, and other percussions in the dining room itself. People ask

"how do they work?"

"what makes these sounds?"

"what are those things that bouncing up and down whenever you play a song?"

....and you have to talk to them as if you were talking to a 6-year old. They have no clue what any of this is, nor can you expect them to "get it" overnight. Just remember that you were "newb" once too, and if it wasn't for someone telling you what "this" was, or what "that" was here and there, you wouldn't know as much as you do, either.

Think of it this way; explain something to them as you would want something explained to you if you had absolutely no clue about whatever it was you inquired about. Basic terms, no long-winded explanations, no "techy" terms, etc.

answered Mar 07 '11 at 22:07

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edited Mar 07 '11 at 22:13

lol, and it's a pain for you isn't it? X3 It's just strange to me how people can't get the simplest things. Like the expression, a caveman could do it XD I made a 7 minute youtube tutorial for the software. Let's hope that will let them get it. If all else fails, try youtube XD. If you wanna check out the software I am referring to, goto http://www.telecom2.co.nr/ Thanks ~Jesse :3 (jebug29 X3)

(Mar 07 '11 at 22:19) jebug29 jebug29's gravatar image

I gave up on uploading the youtube tutorial. I told her, and I quote, "oh forget it. im not uploading that just because you can't download a file" lol, because I know that really no one can be so dumb they can't understand how to click "blue text". She simply refuses to. XD love her like a sister, but I am yelling inside XDDD

(Mar 07 '11 at 22:30) jebug29 jebug29's gravatar image
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