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Excel School FAQs

 

FAQs on Excel School Methodology

    1. Do I need to be online at any specific time?
    2. What do I need to enjoy the lessons?
    3. I am an absolute newbie, can I join Excel School?
    4. What version of Excel do we use in this program?
    5. Can I ask questions or doubts?
    6. What happens if I am busy and cannot log-in for a while?
    7. How does Excel School Work?
    8. How much time does it take to finish the lessons?
    9. Will I get a certificate when I finish the course?
    10. What happens if I finish viewing all the lessons?

FAQs on Pricing, Payments & Discounts

    1. What is the difference between ONLINE Option, DOWNLOAD Option & DASHBOARDS Option?
    2. What do I need to sign up?
    3. How can I get my company pay for this program?
    4. Can I get a payment receipt?
    5. Can I upgrade to DOWNLOAD Option later?
    6. Or there any other payments or hidden costs?
    7. Do I have Money Back Guarantee?
    8. Are there any team discounts? I want to sign up my entire team.
    9. Excel School is pricey…

FAQs on Topics & Content

    1. Will there be any home work?
    2. What are the topics covered in Excel school?
    3. Will we be discussing about Dashboards, Advanced Excel, Macros etc?
    4. Will there be any OPEN WEEK like you had in Excel School 1?

Other FAQs

  1. Can I share the lessons or example files with colleagues or friends?

Do I need to be online at any specific time?No. You can watch the lessons at leisure. All the lessons are immediately accessible as soon as you sign-up. You can log-in and go thru the lessons at your own pace and comfort. You can even download the lessons and watch them offline (if you purchase the download option).

What is the difference between ONLINE Option, DOWNLOAD Option and DASHBOARDS Option?Both Online & Download options give you access to view Excel Lessons online. With Download Option you can also download the HD Quality lesson videos.

The Dashboards Option has additional module (8 hrs) on Excel Dashboards. With this option you can download all the lessons in HD Quality.

What do I need to sign up?You need a credit card to purchase excel school membership. You can also make payment thru Bank Transfer & check. In certain countries, you may use your checking account to make the payment too. Optionally, if you have PayPal account, you can use that too purchase excel school membership. But in any case, having PayPal account is not necessary.

What do I need to enjoy the lessons?

  • A computer with a modern browser (IE7, Firefox or Chrome)
  • Excel 2007+ (Excel 2003 is fine too, but some lessons are suited for Excel 2007)
  • Speakers or ear phones that can give you good quality output
  • Time and zeal to learn

How can I get my company pay for this program?I have prepared a simple document explaining this program. Download [pdf link] and send it your boss. Since $97 is not a big amount, your boss should be happy to invest in your skills.

Can I get a payment receipt?Yes. As soon as you make the payment, I will send you a receipt. You can use this to claim reimbursement at work. Let me know if you need any additional documents, I can provide you them. Write to me at chandoo.d @ gmail.com.

I am an absolute newbie, can I join Excel School?The answer to this is mixed. If you don’t know much about excel, then you should watch Excel Tutorials for Beginners series. These are 10 free videos and they should help you appreciate various features of Excel. Once you feel comfortable, you can sign-up for Excel School.

What version of Excel do we use in this program?Excel 2007. For all the demos and videos, we use Excel 2007. Whenever we discuss an incompatible feature, I will provide some alternatives for Excel 2003. But this is not always possible. But most examples and ideas can be implemented rightaway in Excel 2003 or above.

Will there be any home work?Yes, we will have home work once every 1-2 weeks. Each home work file comes with a set of questions and an answer sheet. You can use the answer sheet to verify your answers. You can also post a comment to discuss a particular aspect of home-work assignment.

Can I ask questions or doubts?Absolutely. The Excel School is similar to Chandoo.org blog. You can go thru the lesson and ask questions using comments feature. I will answer them as I get time. Not just me, any one in the class can answer the questions. If I get good questions, I may as well convert the answer to a fresh lesson and post it online. (Pls. note that I cannot answer specific questions related to your work or not related to the topic under discussion).

What happens if I am busy and cannot log-in for a while?No worries, just log-in when you have time and go thru all the pending lessons. You can read / watch them in any order too.

Can I upgrade to DOWNLOAD Option or DASHBOARDS Option later?Sure you can. You will find upgrade details & links in Excel School.

Or there any other payments or hidden costs?No, there are no other payments or hidden costs other than what is stated here. You either pay $247 or $147 or $97. That is all.

Do I have Money Back Guarantee?Yes. Your membership comes with 30 day money-back guarantee. If you dont like the program, please email me asking for refund and I will refund the money and cancel your membership. No questions asked. And the beauty is, we are still cool.

How does Excel School Work?Once you pay the course fees and sign up for excel school,

  • You will be given a userid and password to access excel school classroom
  • Once you login to excel school, you will find links to all the material
  • You can view lessons in any order or follow the order recommended by me
  • You can download example excel files, home work and videos (if you sign up for download option) for further learning
  • You can ask questions or discuss topics with other classmates thru comments
  • Once every week, I will send you a news-letter with information, links and discuss course progress

Learn more about Excel School from this guide [PDF]. Also watch Excel School Demos.

What are the topics covered in Excel school?The following excel topics are covered in-depth in Excel School:

  • Excel Formulas
  • Excel Formatting Options
  • Conditional Formatting
  • Charting – why, what and how of Excel Basic Charts
  • Advanced Charting – custom charts, dynamic charts, interactive charts
  • Excel Tables
  • Pivot Tables
  • Importing External Data (Text, Web, Access)
  • Data Validation, Sorting, Data Filters
  • Using Excel, Productivity Tips
  • Excel Dashboards

Learn more about Excel School from this guide. [PDF]

How much time does it take to finish the lessons?Since you can access all the lessons on Day 1, the answer to this question depends on your free time and potential. If you are a fast learner, you can finish all the lessons in 2 weeks. Otherwise you can take up to 12 weeks to finish the lessons. The school remains open for 6 months, so that you get ample time to go thru all the material.
Most lessons in excel school are for 20-30 minutes. However, there are some lessons that go on for 60 minutes. This is because some topics take more time to explain. At this point, we have material for over 1350 minutes in Excel school. So, even if you spend an hour a day, you can take up to 24 days to complete the material.

Are there any team discounts? I want to sign up my entire team.Thank you. And of course yes. If you sign up more than 3 people in one shot, you get 25% off the price, for all the students.
Please specify the quantity in order form and your discount will be applied automatically.

If you need further help, just send me an email – chandoo.d @ gmail.com or call me at +1 206 792 9480.

Will we be discussing about Dashboards, Advanced Excel, Macros etc?Yes, If you join for Excel School Dashboards Option, you will get 8 hours of training on Excel Dashboards including some instruction on macros to automate portions of dashboards.

Will I get a certificate when I finish the course?You can request for a certificate when you are done going thru lessons. Around week 8, you will see a “request certificate” button. Use it to get your certificate.

Will there be any OPEN WEEK like you had in Excel School 1?As of now, I am not going to add any OPEN WEEK feature to Excel School 3. However, I may add more content to Excel School for free depending on student interest and my free time. I promise to add at-least 2 hours more of video content to Excel School during next 3 months.

What happens if I finish viewing all the lessons?Your Excel School membership is valid for 6 months from the date of joining. You are free to repeat any lessons or ask questions if you have finished all of them.

Excel School is pricey…$97 (or $147 or $247) is what you will earn in a few days in most countries around the world. Investing this amount to boost your career skills is a very good move. However if you are finding this as an expensive option, I can totally understand to you. Here is what I suggest. Don’t join the program. Instead, just sign up Chandoo.org newsletter or RSS Feeds. Read the blog archives in the last 3 years. There are tons of excellent articles, downloads, demos, tutorials covering practically every topic of Excel. They all are FREE. So go ahead and become awesome in excel.

Can I share the lessons or example files with colleagues or friends?You cannot share lessons or videos with anyone. You cannot also share the bonus content (free ebooks etc.) with anyone. You can, however, share the example files with colleagues purely for work reasons (ie, if you use the example workbook to prepare a chart, you can share that).
Please note that Excel School content is copy-righted and protected by international laws. You are allowed one license for viewing, repeating, learning from the content. You are not given any rights to reproduce or share the content with out my explicit authorization.
You are also not allowed to share your login id / password with anyone.

I hope to see you in Excel School.

About Your Teacher – Chandoo:

Welcome to Excel School.
At Chandoo,org, I have one goal – “to make you awesome in Excel”. I have started writing about Excel in year 2007. To date, I have authored more than 350 tutorials, articles and how-to guides and trained 350 students and made them awesome in Excel. I have received prestigious MVP award from Microsoft in years 2009 and 2010.
I hope to see you in Excel School.

Testimonials from Past Students

Good selection of topics, Plenty of valuable tips.

- David Coop

I like the in-depth lessons, the ability to download videos so I can learn at my own pace – online and offline, the examples that are supplied.

- Orin Taylor

Chandoo is the reason why I joined Excel School. He is the star with so much knowledge & knack to explain things so without him there is no charm attending excel school

- Fakhar Hussain

I liked:
– being able to go at my own pace
– video instruction
– downloadable lessons
– where provided, the homework was effective
– just learning stuff I didn’t know

- Derek

These 12 weeks have taught me more than in 3 years of working on my own. Even things I knew (IF, VLOOKUP, Conditional Formatting, cell formatting, etc) I know far better now.
The best thing I learned from this class, is how important presentation is. Several colleagues and managers have even commented on how much better my work is, too!

- Steve McGuire

Amazing quality lectures. Great feedback loop. Great presentation skills. New topics that touch all areas of excel in 12 weeks.

- Shreekar

Geared towards “real life” problems

- Govert Vissers

Very organized step by step approach to learning Excel. Having videos for reference later is the best thing.

- Sunny Malhi

Most of the downloads can be adapted to my job and suddenly I have, in the eyes of my boss, become an excel expert. Cannot think of a better or more efficient method of learning excel.
Thank you Purna

- Terry Price

I like how you can learn something that you wouldn’t be able to learn on your own. I really enjoyed it.

- Mara Dykstra

I enjoyed learning about the new, innovative features of Excel. Watching them used in ways that differ from what I have become accustomed to doing is probably the biggest benefit for me. I appreciate having the option to download lessons so I could watch them anywhere and revisit when needed. The most mind-expanding topic for me was your usage of the SUMPRODUCT formula. Very clever!

- Robert Kriza