22    Dec 20100 comments

New Year: Learn something new

Do you make New Year's resolutions?

If so, do you keep them? For how long?

While many people resolve to break bad habits or improve physical qualities, those don't seem to last very long.

For a better outcome, try to learn some new skills to further your family history research. One way is to access free online classes. Some may be short tutorials, others are much longer and provide useful and practical data, including step-by-step videos.

What skills, tips or advice are you looking for? Do you need help in managing paperwork or photos? Would learning how to take better photos add to your MyHeritage.com family website?

Can you handle photo editing software? What do you know about creating videos? Are you drowning in paper? Would you like to become more organized? Do you need a refresher course in a specific software program?

One useful source: The free online classes at the HP Learning Center can be accessed whenever it's convenient for you, 24/7.

Main categories include digital photography, home office, Microsoft and Adobe, security and maintenance, business basics and even courses for information technology professionals.

The digital photography classes are extremely useful - in my experience. Some offerings: saving, printing and sharing digital photos; camera composition, quick lessons on close-ups or people shots; common problems and solving them; organizing, archiving and retrieving digital photos; photo restoration, printing photos, scanning, and touch-up for digital photos.

Under the "home office" section, there are many more, such as getting organized (managing time, space and paper), going wireless, website design, basic troubleshooting and repair for laptops, Wi-Fi security, creating materials for various purposes. There are also classes on specific software programs, offering tips and advice.

Take a look at the list at the link above, and click on each class link to learn more about a specific offering. Did I mention that the classes are free?

Have you taken any online classes? What topics? Share your comments with our readers.

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