Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Victory Step's Newly Renovated and Interactive Website!

The Afternoon Routine

After a long day of class, I always go through a certain routine:
1) Facebook
2) Check email
3) Catch up on my favorite blogs
4) Back to Facebook (what is something happened while I was gone?)
And then I pause. There’s so much internet left to explore, but when my favorite sites come up dry, it’s hard to know where to turn next.

Why not go to victorysteponline.com?

I know what you’re thinking. After you sign up for your Victory Step class, what good is the Victory Step website? Unless you really like reading the “About Us” page, what could victorysteponline.com possibly offer?

For the past year, that’s exactly the question the people at Victory Step have tried to answer. The old Victory Step website was a simple tool—like a hammer or a protractor, good for solving specific problems quickly. But a website should be more than that.

A website should give you options. A website should be easy to use. A website should be fun. A website should be an integral part of your learning experience. A website should never waste your time.

Diving In

The primary goal of the new site is to make it easier for you to learn. It offers information about your instructor, online materials, a message system, and more.

But in order to benefit from the improved victorysteponline.com, first you have to enroll. This means (in case you couldn’t guess) clicking the big “Enroll” button in the very center of the screen.

The “Enroll” page gives you two options: a big button labeled “Private Tutoring,” and a search box under “Find Classroom Courses.” Say you click “Private Tutoring. The site takes you to a list of our 1-on-1 tutoring plans, along with important details like total number of hours, price per hour, and what need the plan meets best. Or say you enter your zipcode into the “Find Classroom Courses Box.” The site ranks classes by proximity to your location (if you click on the class address, it even gives you a map), along with type of class, duration, and price.

That’s the spirit of the new site: simple, informative, easy to use. Of course, if you want to know more about the company, maybe because you haven’t totally made up your mind about Victory Step want to compare prices, there’s plenty we’d like to tell you. Just click around. But if you just want to get in and get out, the website won’t stand in your way.

What Now?

When you enroll, the site will ask you for a password. This password is the key to what the site is really about. Start the experience by logging in—just click the blue “log-in” button on the upper right side of the screen, then type in your email address and password. This will take you to your Dashboard, where you will see the title and description of your class sitting there. Click on it.

Welcome! The dashboard is excited to see you. After your warm feeling subsides, check the toolbar to the left. You’ll see five tabs: Welcome (where you are now), Students, Documents, Schedule, and Message.

The “Students” tab gives you a list of the other students enrolled in your class, and the “Message” function allows you to send a message to any of these people. The “Schedule” tab, predictably, shows you your schedule. All of these options were lacking from the old site.

The “Documents” tab is my personal favorite. Now, for the first time, your tutor or teacher can send documents, videos, or other files to the whole class. Tutors and teachers will try to take advantage of this function from now on, since the sharing of these texts can improve the classroom experience in ways that were never possible before. This is one way that the website not only improves on the old site, but actually improves the classroom learning experience.

Questions? Just ask!

We want victorysteponline.com to be easy to use, but we also understand that there are always problems. Another one of the most important goals of the new site is to make it as easy as possible for you to contact us. That’s why there is a phone number and “Contact Us” box at the bottom of every screen.

The new website is not just a collection of information for us to write and you to skim. It’s a conversation. We really want to hear what works, what doesn’t work, and what could be better. We are always looking for new ways to improve.

We really want to make your learning experience as easy as possible. Unlike many other Dallas test prep companies, we understand that the internet isn’t just a chalkboard. Just as Victory Step’s classes are not just one-way lectures, the website is not just a forum for us to say something so you can listen. The website is a dialogue, and we hope it’s a dialogue that you will enjoy.

 Victory Step Test Prep 
(800) 570-3652

1 comment:

  1. Professional and friendly were two things i was thinking of while going through the site!