1.2.6 Learning new computing skills
There are several principles for learning new computing skills:
Don't be afraid to try things out and explore. You almost certainly won't do any harm by making mistakes – modern software will usually let you undo errors, and will warn you before performing potentially damaging actions.
Look for patterns. Find the differences and similarities between the ways in which things are done in different software, so you can begin to guess what to expect.
You will learn a lot by helping other people in addition to getting your own problems solved by them.
We hope that during your study of course you will be able to develop your support network further by using the Internet. Email, conferencing, chat, and the Web all greatly increase the ways in which you can seek for help and information and, of course, offer help to others.