Email Mentoring Schedule
This schedule is a suggested
schedule. It may be modified to fit the needs of a particular senior.
It is important that the senior progress at the senior's pace. When
appropriate, based on the pace of the senior, these steps can be taken
out of the sequence listed.
Suggestions for corrections and improvements
are welcome. Please place your questions and suggestions on the list
serve which can be joined by going to: www.seniorlawyers.org/mentoring/listservexxxxxxxx.
1. Setting up the senior lawyers.org Home
2. Enlarging the Icon sizes.
3. Enlarging the Font size.
4. Installing the Links to the specified web sites, beginning with SeniorLawyers.org
home page, the law school sending the mentor and other law school of
the senior, The American Bar Association, The State Bar, The International
Bar Association and the Local Bar Organizations of the Senior.
5. Point out the names of the equipment being used. The CPU, the Monitor,
the Keyboard, Scanners, the Mouse, Speakers, Floppy Disc Drive, CD Disc
Drive, a Floppy, and a CD.
6. Agree upon a Name and Password for the senior lawyer to use.
7. Decide if an email account and service already exists or if one has
to be assigned from SeniorLawyers.org.
8. Show the senior how to find the games page with Solitaire and how
to play Solitaire using the mouse and the technique of dragging.
9. Show the senior how to turn the computer On and Off AFTER the first
lesson(s) in email.
10. Show the senior Icons, Right Clicks, Drop Down Menus, Grayed Out
Commands AFTER the first lesson(s) in email
11. Demonstrate the three corner commands of Minimize, Maximize and
Close AFTER the first email lesson(s).
12. Demonstrate the Help feature AFTER the first email lesson(s).
13. The senior should be shown how to Check for mail, Open an email,
Send an email and Reply to an email as soon as possible. If necessary,
use the email account of the mentor for demonstration purposes.
Remind the senior that the most important
task to be learned is email so that the senior can communicate for free
with his or her friends, relatives, bar associations, law schools and
the many millions of people and organizations that have email.
14. Explain how an email address is put together
- the User Name, which can be an assumed name or code or real name and
the email domain name. (User@domain)
15. Explain that the domain might be the name of an internet provider
(Yahoo, AOL, EarthLink, etc.), Usually indicated by com or net, or the
domain of an internet URL. (Universal Resource Locator), such as a commercial
company, usually indicated by a "com", or a school, usually
indicated by an "edu" or a non-profit organization, usually
indicated by an "org."
16. Explain that although email addresses are not usually case sensitive,
some are and that lower case is usually the best practice.
17. Explain that the email addressee-user
must have both an account with an Internet service provider and an accurate
domain address or the email will bounce back as "undeliverable."
18. Explain that an email name can sometimes be obtained for free. Seniorlawyers.org
being an example, but that the sender and receiver both must have an
Internet provider which costs money, usually on a monthly basis.
19. Show the senior the SeniorLawyers home page with its link to "checking
mail box and emails."
20. Teach the senior to reply to an email, using some of the typing
tips found in the tips section 34 and 35.
21. Teach the senior to compose and send an email to yourself if necessary.
22. Teach the senior the various ways to print the email (File, print,
OK) and control P, print and OK). This is a good time to explain that
there often are many different ways to do something when a computer
23. Teach the senior how to delete the email.
24. If the senior has been taught document preparation, show the senior
how text can be transferred from an email to a document or from a document
to an email (off line composing of emails) by the edit, cut, paste method
and by the control A to highlight, control C to copy (paste) and control
V to paste.
25. Ask the senior for the email address of a friend or relative and
have the senior compose a short email
to that person and send it.
26. Send the senior a short email from yourself and teach the senior
how to check for mail, open the mail, and reply to the email using the
27. Teach the senior how to save the email.
28. Teach the senior about opening attachments, with emphasis on never
opening an attachment unless the sender is known to the senior.
29. Show the senior the address book feature of the system and how to
enter commonly used addresses.
30. Show the senior how to attach a file to an email.
31. If the senior has the equipment installed and in place and there
is time, teach the senior how to scan a photo or text and send it as