13. What do
former students say about this course?
(These are actual comments from
Arlene Zimmerly's former students at
Angeles City College.)
I learned something about myself with
this online course. It was convenient and I could work at my own pace.
I learned to be more organized and to motivate myself to work. We need
more courses offered online. There are so many students who are working
or are parents and have a scheduling conflict. An online course is
always available to the busy student so that they can keep up with
I want to thank you for your help and
support throughout the semester and for teaching a wonderful class. I
hated the embarrassment that not being able to type by touch used to
cause for me. Now I can do it and feel SO much better about myself.
Also, I got a chance to learn some neat shortcuts on Word and learn new
features that have made me more efficient at work and when doing my
homework. Thank you very much!! I would highly recommend your course to
everyone. The time put in was completely worth it.
Thank you for wonderful class. I really
enjoyed it. Since I learned how to type, my life got better because I can
spend half of the time I used to on my homework and have a beautiful
typed paper to hand in.
I thought taking an online course would
be an easy way for me to get back into the groove of going to school
without being overwhelmed by the actual classroom setting. I feel that I
got more out of this class because I was able to have the one-on-one
contact with you. If there was a problem or question, you were very quick
at responding, which helped a lot. Thank you for making this new
transition a smooth one.
This was one of the most practical
courses that I have ever taken. It builds confidence, speed, and eye
hand coordination. I am amazed at my speed. Before I could type only 15
wpm. Now I can type almost 40 wpm. This course has taken me from writing
a report from days to just hours. It was really nice to have a teacher
who was always ready to answer my questions at any time. Thank you.
I feel that this course really helped me
overcome my lack of keyboard confidence. I can now type without looking at
Thank you for your help. You were always
there to help me when a problem arose. It was a very interesting and
helpful course. I gained a lot from this course which
I will always use.
Thank you for teaching me. I really
enjoyed this class. I used to work with a computer for a long time, but I
realized that I had a bad habit using incorrect fingers through this
class. Now I can type with correct fingers. Again, thank you for
supporting me. I'm looking forward to seeing you in another class.
I really enjoyed this class. I was
comfortable about doing work smoothly because I could get a response
quickly from you. Even though I couldn't meet you like in a regular
class, I could feel you were here and supporting me. I could finish this
course without any inconvenience. Thank you.
I had taken a distance education class
before so I knew what to expect. An online course is not an easy extra credit
course. It demands more self-discipline and time than regular on-campus
classes. There is more contact with the professor, and it is easier to ask
questions. Feedback is quick.
The biggest misconception I had about
taking an online course was the kind of help I thought I would be
receiving when I needed immediate assistance on a particular assignment. I
thought that I would not get that help or assistance in a timely manner,
but with the help of Professor Zimmerly, I did.
I think the [biggest] misconception is
that students don't learn enough from an online course. I think not. I
did learn a lot and received plenty of help when I asked for it.
I thought it was just typing, but it's
more than that. It's not just learning the keyboard but all the documents
and language skills that you need to process.
I learned more than keyboarding.
Definitely know your computer basics. I remember it was one of the things
mentioned in the orientation in class. Be ready to work at a fast pace and
don't lag behind and try to play catch-up.
I think that the book, the lessons, the
pace, the information was very well paced. Directions were always clear.
If you had questions or problems, you were given help. It was a
comprehensive and very important class for anyone who has a computer and
lives in this world today—basic but important. There was a lot of
flexibility in taking the tests which was very important with my work
Keyboarding is very important in every
occupation. The textbook has clear directions, and the reference manual is
very helpful. Personally, the Language Arts lessons help me to improve my
My biggest misconception was the amount
of time it would require. I had no idea how long it would take to do it
all. Pace yourself. Make time for the course and do not leave all the work
to do at the last minute.
The most important thing is to stay on
schedule. Once you're behind, it's hard to catch up and then you end up
giving up. Also, distribute your time evenly throughout the
week. I could see a big difference in typing skill improvement when I
jammed all the skillbuilding into one day instead of taking several
days to practice.
First, you must be serious about the
course and must work well without supervision.
If you need constant guidance and to be pushed to work, this course
isn't for you. Also, if you're very busy and unable to find a class
that fits your schedule, an online course is perfect. I am a night owl
so this was great for me. I could work late late hours and at my own pace.