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Learning Connection Membership

Receive a new class every week. Save 50%

Ready to learn Access, Excel, Word, and more? With a membership to Learning Connection, you get a new hour-long video tutorial every week with an automatic 50% discount. You can cancel at any time.

  • Step 1. Pick which courses you want to learn (Access, Excel, Word, etc.)
  • Step 2. Each week you get one (1) new hour-long course
  • Step 3. Pay my lowest possible price
  • Step 4. Enjoy your lessons!

As a member, you're saving 50% OFF the full retail price of the class. You get the first level (Beginner Level 1) of each topic (Word, Excel, Access, etc.) for FREE. With your discount, you'll start learning Beginner lessons at just $4.99 each, Expert lessons start at $9.99, and there's no limit to the number of classes you can receive with this discount. This is a fantastic deal.

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How does it work?

Signing up for Learning Connection is quick and simple. First, you select which topics you're interested in. For example you might select Microsoft Access, Excel, and Photoshop. If you don't already own the introductory course (Beginner Level 1 or 101), you will get it for FREE. Then, each week, you will get another tutorial from the list of topics you have chosen. You'll get a new tutorial each week, and you can cancel at any time.

Why should I join?

You can always purchase courses one-at-a-time whenever you'd like. However, as you move from beginner to expert, and then advanced lessons, the cost of the courses goes up. More difficult material is more expensive, per student, for me to produce as fewer people sign up for more advanced lessons, like the developer series. However, as a member of Learning Connection, you lock in your 50% discount as long as you're a member. Every week, you'll get a new lesson and my best possible price. No surprises. No need to wait for a special or sale.

Can I start with advanced lessons?
 
No. You have to start with Beginner Level 1 (or 101) courses in each topic (which you get for free). Then, after you've taken the Level 1 course, the following week you will receive Level 2, then Level 3, and so on (or 101, 102, 103 for the older lessons). You can't skip lessons. The Learning Connection membership is for the beginning learner who wants to advance with a new lesson each week. You will, however, get a 50% member discount on any advanced tutorials if there is a specific lesson you want to skip ahead to. Just contact me and I'll take care of it for you.

What if I don't need Beginner lessons?

If you feel like you don't need the Beginner lessons, then contact me. We can work something out. Some of my Beginner lessons really should be called "Fundamentals" because there is a lot of good foundational information in there - especially in my Access classes. It's a lot of stuff you might not know, even if you've been working with Access for years. I'd rather give you a discount on all of the Beginner lessons at once and have you watch them, then come back later frustrated.

What about Seminars?

The Connection program doesn't include Seminars. You will, however, get a 50% member discount on any seminar you wish to purchase. Just contact me.

What if I already have some of your lessons?

If you've already purchased some of my lessons, then you can skip over the ones you already have. When I set up your account, I'll look in my database and see what you already have. If, for example, you've already purchased Excel Beginner 1, 2, and 3, then I'll start you at Level 4 for your Learning Connection membership. If you've purchased classes in the middle, my database will automatically skip over those for you. I take care of everything.

What if I take all of the courses in one topic?

If you manage to watch all of the courses in the topics you've selected, then I will not continue to bill you. You will only be charged if courses are available. Your Learning Connection account will be placed on hold until more courses in those topics are released OR you decide to add more topics to your account.

Can I get my courses on CD?

As of January 2020, I no longer ship courses on CD. Everything is available online only. However, from time to time I do make some CDs available. Contact me for details.
 
In what order will my courses arrive?

You will receive courses from the categories you select, starting with the most basic levels, then moving up to the next levels as soon as all of the beginner courses are completed. For example, let's say you pick Word, Excel, and Access as your three topics of interest. In week 1, you'll get Word 1. In week 2, you'll get Excel 1. Week 3, Access 1. Then in week 4, you'll get Word 2, followed by Excel 2, then Access 2. This will continue until all of your selected topics are exhausted. This is only a guideline, however. If you want to finish all of one topic before moving to another, that's OK too. Just let me know when you sign up.
 
Do I have to remain a member to keep my courses?
 
No. The courses you receive each week as a Learning Connection member are yours to keep. If you cancel your account, you can still keep all of the courses you've paid for up to that point. They are added directly to your account. Unlike an MYOLP membership, you do not have to remain a member to keep them.
 
Can I really cancel at any time?
 
Sure. Just contact me before your next bill date and I'll cancel your Learning Connection account promptly. You can also put your account ON HOLD if you wish. I know sometimes things happen in life - loss of a job, sickness, or even going on a lengthy vacation. If you want to keep your membership active (and lock in your rate) then I can always put your account on hold for a few months until you're ready to resume.
 
Can I get more than one class per week?
 
Sure. You can take the classes faster than one per week if you want to. Just contact me and tell me to send you 2, 3, or however many classes you want. If you want to take a long weekend to binge-watch lessons, just let me know and I can send you the next 3 or 4 in a row all at once. I'm very flexible. The key is that you watch them in order.
 
What if once a week is too fast?
 
If you're having a hard time keeping up, I can slow the delivery down to once every two weeks, or even once a month. The default is once per week, and I recommend you give that a try first. If you can't keep up, just contact me and I'll slow down delivery for you. I find that getting a new class once a week is best because it might prompt you to get off your butt and start learning. If you have 2 or 3 of them piling up in your inbox, it might give you that nudge to get working.

What if I'm going on vacation for a few weeks?

If you're going on vacation, just contact me and let me know. I'll pause your account for a week or two.
 
What about new topics?
 
When new topics lare released, we'll add them to the Learning Connection list and you'll be able to add those as topics of interest for your course queue. At any time you see a new type of course released on the web site, just let me know you're interested and I'll add it for you.
 
Will I qualify for upgrades?
 
Most likely, depending on the course. As long as the material is similar to what was covered in the old version, then YES, you will get a $1 upgrade. However, even if you don't qualify, you will receive an automatic 50% discount should you choose to purchase it. For example, if you purchased Word 2007 Beginner 1 under your Learning Connection membership, you will qualify for a $1 upgrade to Word 2019 Beginner 1 when it's released. Excel 2010 and 2013 Beginner 1 were nearly identical, so yes, you would receive that update. Just contact me for details.
 
What about course handbooks?
 
There are printable PDF handbooks that supplement most of my video courses. They are available as part of your Learning Connection membership as well, as an add-on option. This is on the membership form. I no longer offer printed (paper) handbooks. If you don't want the handbooks on your account, let me know. I can remove them. However, they do make an excellent resource to follow along with as you're watching the video, or to reference later.
 
Why are you doing this? Aren't you losing money?
 
I decided to create the Learning Connection program for a couple of reasons. One of the biggest complaints I get is that my advanced developer lessons cost a lot of money. Some of them are over $30 for an hour-long tutorial. Since far fewer people purchase the advanced lessons than the beginner lessons, I have to charge more to make it worth while to develop the lessons. You can read more about this here. So, this new Learning Connection program will allow more people to afford my advanced lessons.

I don't want new customers to just be able to buy the advanced lessons cheaply, so this program ensures that the people who are benefiting have already purchased all of the previous lessons, and have already invested their time with learning all of my previous materials. I'm OK with that.
 
Plus, from a business-model viewpoint, I would rather have a bunch of customers that I know are going to be paying me a few dollars a week, versus a few customers who randomly buy advanced courses. This allows me to regulate my revenue stream, while at the same time greatly benefiting my customers with lower prices. It's a win-win situation for you and me. It also helps me to determine what courses to work on next. If I have a bunch of people signed up for Access lessons and I can see they are ready for another Developer class, that's what I work on next.
 
Got questions?
 
Do you have a question about the Learning Connection that I haven't answered here? Contact me or feel free to post it here below for everyone's benefit.

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I thought I am a member Link 
Robert Stockey     
2 months ago
Why am I listed as not a member, I have been with you for a couple of years and progressed through to developer 14.
Richard Rost    
2 months ago
Hi Robert. What happened was you FINISHED all of the available courses at the time, and so my database took you out of the Learning Connection Membership. I can't really say it was a bug, as it was kinda by design. I'll add you back in and fix my database so that it recognizes this. Sorry about that.

If anyone else knows they were a Learning Connection Member in the past and finished what was available (D13 probably) let me know and I'll add you back in. I'll run a query soon to try and find everyone who might fit this situation.
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James Gray     
3 months ago
Richard,
I apologize but I don't remember where you and I stand on receiving Developer lessons at no cost for the Old Developer lessons I purchased.  Whenever that is completed I would indeed like to joing the Learning Connection. As you already know, I am a huge fan and supporter of you and your style.  Please adivise and thanks
Richard Rost    
3 months ago
Thanks James! I'll take a look in the database and see what you've got coming and email you directly.
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