As a Mac woman who is now working on the road (my partner, Sean, and I are slow travelling around Europe) I’ll be teaching more via Skype than before. If you haven’t yet tried a Skype lesson July is the ideal time for online tuition as I’m offering a 10% discount on my usual rate — just in time for the launch of Mountain Lion. So whether you’d like to get your Mac ready for Mountain Lion or need some help organising your photographs in iPhoto or Aperture, your music and movies in iTunes, or your files in Finder, then July is a good time to do so. Whatever your Mac questions, I am here to help answer them!
A huge benefit of Skype tuition is that you have the lessons in your own home, which means no travel time and you can stay in your PJs if you wish! Plus using Skype is easy, so no worries if you’ve never used Skype before — all you need to do is follow a few simple steps before our agreed meeting time.
Ensuring Skype is set up correctly
- Make sure you have the latest version of Skype: in the menu bar go to “Skype” then “Check for Updates“. If you don’t already have Skype you can download the latest version here.
- Before your first lesson we need to be Skype contacts: In the menu bar go to “Contacts” then “Add Contact…” and enter Mufidah Kassalias in the search field. The first entry will be my personal Skype ID. Please choose Mac Made Easy [Mufidah Kassalias], which has the Skype ID macmadeeasyuk. In the pop-up contact request window choose “Send“.
15 minutes before your scheduled session
- Sign in to Skype and quit all open applications via the application menu or the shortcut cmd-Q.
- Check your Skype settings: in the menu bar go to “Skype” then “Preferences” and check your settings are the same as in the below image, unless you have external speakers or microphone, in which case choose those options if they’ve not been chosen by default.
- Ensure the volume on your computer is turned up, otherwise you won’t hear me calling you!
- Be ready and free of distractions at the agreed time. I will call you via video call — please answer with video so that we can say hello before we switch over to screen sharing, which will enable me to explain things as if we were in the same room.
Remember, too, that I offer discounts on blocks of 5 and 10 lessons if there are a number of topics you’d like to cover. I offer a 10% reduction on blocks of 5 lessons and a 20% reduction on the cost of 10 lessons. Block bookings must be paid in full on or before the first session, and you can spread your lessons over one or two months, depending on whether you book a series of 5 or 10.
And if you’re interested in following the ups and downs of our travels you can can subscribe to my blog at MufidahKassalias.com — just enter your email address in the box at the top of the right sidebar and remember to click on the confirmation link in the verification email and voila! you’ll receive an email each time I update my blog — which should become more frequent now that I’ve figured out the difficulties of locating WiFi connections on the Continent.