Before You Join that Online Class: Bad Signs to Look Out For

One of the things that we find exceedingly fascinating is the fact that knowledge has become so easily accessible for anyone who is seeking it. What’s terrible about it is the fact that there are people who take advantage of those seeking additional knowledge—especially the people who try to learn more about MS Excel.

There have been far too many horror stories about people who simply wanted to gleam a better understanding of a concept and end up being swindled by two-bit petty criminals. Back in the day, people would only generally worry about the physical presence of criminals. In today’s society, a majority of crime is now perpetuated online.

We place emphasis on this because in the pursuit of knowledge, people generally find themselves online. With the popularity of online classes, it is highly important that people be more aware of any bad signs that exist so you don’t end up wasting your time, money and putting your identity at risk.

Here are a few bad signs that you should look out for:

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Grammatical Errors

Seemingly minor but is usually a pretty good indicator of the legitimacy of a service or a website. Any legitimate service—especially one which aims to educate others—will be particularly strict about their grammar and their content.

While we’re not saying that people shouldn’t be able to make mistakes, if the words are fairly simply yet are continuously misspelled, you may want to consider that to be a red flag.

Check the Contact Page

Any legitimate service or brand will always have a contact page. They should have clearly presented information that you can actually reach. If you cannot reach them through the information provided, you may want to step on the brakes when it comes to approaching that site.

This may not seem like an important thing but having a good contact page with working details provides legitimacy. Even then, you should be careful if you are able to reach them. Do not provide them with any personal information that can compromise your personal security.

Fishy Payment Methods

There are a lot of free online classes available, that much is true. However, there are learners that would be more comfortable with the idea of paying for a service since it at least would give them an assurance of quality.

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Usually, payment methods will be through credit card or a service like PayPal. If they ask you to do a bank transfer, you’ll have zero security about you getting your money back—in case you are unable to complete the course or would like a refund.

Points to Remember

All it takes is one sign up at a fraudulent website and criminal elements will know enough about you to be able to open up accounts in your name. We certainly hope that this never happens to you. So we hope that the tips we’ve provided will be super helpful in keeping you on the right track.

Have you ever tried to sign up for online classes? What signs do you look out for?

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MS Excel: What Do You Use It For?

When someone mentions MS Excel, most people tune out of the conversation. This is unfortunate but highly likely due to the fact that not a lot of people consider the uses of this truly useful program. Today, we wanted to talk about some of its uses.

These examples are some of the ways that we personally utilize excel for. Let’s get started!

Keeping Records

One of the best things about MS Excel is the fact that you can input more than just numbers in it. You can use words and even build charts using this program. This makes it quite prime to be utilized for keeping records.

If you have a business, excel can be used to help keep track of logistics processes and even the finances! If you’re a student, you can utilize this to keep a clear and organized record of activities, classes, and projects. The applications are varied and are highly useful.

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Budgeting

The term budget may not sound like something you’d want to get into but it is wholly necessary if you are going to be financially astute. Building a budget through excel is simple and can really help you keep track of your finances and even set a goal you’re working towards.

Having a budget is important if you’re ever going to be fully financially literate. It also helps keep things in order when you’re planning a major shindig like a wedding or a birthday party. Excel can really help you keep track of things—if you use it right, it can even turn into your planner or sorts.

Points to Remember

MS Excel does have a lot of practical uses—even when you are not running a business or a corporation. It can be used for something as simple as making a guest list or creating a budget for your home. We believe that if more people really tried to improve their understanding of this program, it would be a generally better situation for all.

Do you use Excel? What particular ways or things do you use it for?

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The Basics: What Exactly Is Microsoft Excel?

Welcome to our very first article in eLearning DevCon! We’re quite excited to get started on our discussions! Today, we wanted to stick to basics before we jump into the deeper jargon. After all, it is important to get a hold of the basic information in order to open the door toward further understanding.

In the case of MS Excel, opening that door is truly important. After all, you need only to mention the name of this program and people will more than likely roll their eyes up with disdain or defeat. MS Excel has a reputation that reaches extremes. There are people including staff in corporate environments who love it and there are those that simply cannot make heads or tales of it.

What is MS Excel?

Developed in 1985, this program was created with the purpose to help users better organize data and to even to do calculations with. On a more advanced level, people were able to create their own formulas to suit what they needed the program to do. You can even have it as the tool that you use to create your graphs, charts, and tables for you. All you need to do is to program it properly.

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When you open up the program, you’ll be greeted by spreadsheets—tabs and tabs of them—all for your usage. The spreadsheets are usually thought to be intimidating because of the sheer number of the rows and all the columns just seemingly waiting there.

Points to Remember

MS Excel is a just a program—much like many others that you use on a daily basis. This means that it there is a learning curve and training that you need to receive (on-site is sometimes better than remote training) which will allow you to become a proficient user of the Microsoft software. MS Excel may be intimidating but that’s only at the start. Once you get past your discomfort with the formulas, you will find that there was nothing to be worried about at all.

Do you make use of MS Excel? Did you think it was highly intimidating at first?

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