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Frequently Asked Questions:


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Practical Accounting Fundamentals™ FAQ

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Practical Drafting™ FAQ



General Questions:

Why did you produce these books?

Originally, I developed the Complete-A-Sketch concept for my children.  Practical Drafting and Practical Graphic Design were both developed because of people asking about what was next for their child.  All the other books are being developed to help people find a career path and to enrich lives.


Where can I purchase the books?

From any of the resellers listed here in the web site or directly from Insight Technical Education.


What are the qualifications of the authors?

All of the authors are experienced professionals who are experts in their fields and want to help others.


What should I expect for results?

Of course the results will vary with each student. Do not expect perfection. Do expect

that the student do HIS BEST.


How are the books bound?

The Complete-A-Sketch books have a gummed binding that allows them to be easily removed from the binding for photo copying; they are enclosed in a reusable folder / cover.  The Practical series of books are bound with a plastic spiral binding that allows the book to lie flat for work and for photo copying.  Some of our products are on CD or are delivered via email.


Can I make copies?

It depends on the book, please read the legal stuff with each book.  The Complete-A-Sketch series allows you to make unlimited copies for your family to use and permission is granted on ALL applicable pages. You are allowed to make copies of specific pages in Practical Drafting.  Not all books need to have copies made.  Full copyright protection of these works is in force.  


Career paths where art is useful?

Art can be useful just as a personal skill. Being able to sketch and draw can aid in communication of all types. Graphic art, printing, layout, drafting, design, engineering, etc. 


Do the books have to be done in order?

The books may be done in any order.


Isn’t everything done on a computer these days?

No.  The computer simply makes life easier and faster in production environments of all types.  There are many aspects of engineering that are still done manually and there are thousands of old companies that still have old drawings that get revised manually.  There are many places where manual sketching and drawing is used:  field engineering of every type, factory floors, graphic design, interior design, fashion design, communication in conference rooms everywhere, just to name a few.  Sketching is fast, portable, requires no electricity, and is instant.  

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Specific to Complete-A-Sketch™

What do you get in each book?

Each Complete-A-Sketch volume includes a unique number of exercises. Volume one has 24 pages and some pages have multiple lessons, Volume two has 31 pages, and Volume three has 20 pages.  In short they all vary.


My student is in junior high, should I start them with Complete-A-Sketch?

This is your choice. I would recommend starting with Advanced Complete-A-Sketch. Practical Drafting, or Practical Graphic Design.


What are the tools required?

Complete-A-Sketch does not require any tools, though they may be used after they have been done freehand.  It is suggested that some simple drafting tools are used with Advanced Complete-A-Sketch.

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Specific to Vision-Dexterity-Focus™

What age of students?

VDF is not age specific.  It can be started about age 5-6.  In vision therapy, this art is used for children and adults.


Why is the price different?

VDF is a bigger book. The other Complete-A-Sketch books cover one presentation method at a time, VDF contains all three presentation methods.  All of our books are specialized and VDF is no different.  


What type of challenges can this book help with?

VDF is not a prescription and I am not a vision therapist or doctor and I can not make any certifications regarding this book.  VDF was written with input from vision therapist and parents that have children with vision and focus challenges.  I have created this book with their comments in mind.

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Specific to Practical Accounting Fundamentals™

What items are required?

Ledger paper, 10-key printing calculator, a spread sheet program is optional.


Where can I purchase the items I will need to complete this book?

Any office supply store.


Do I need a computer?



Are computers used in accounting?

Yes.  Almost all companies use computers for keeping their books, tracking inventory, and most other business operations. 


What do you get in this book?

Practical Accounting Fundamentals contains a large amount of information and samples that help the student to understand what accounting is.  It includes 21 chapters, three tests (includes creating a set of books), resource list, and an answer key in an easy to read, self-teaching, self-paced book of only 171 pages.

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Specific to Practical Graphic Design™

Where can I purchase the tools I need?

Any office supply store.


What are the tools required?

A #2 pencil, HB Pencil, technical pens, markers,

triangles (30° x 60° x 90°, 45° x 45° x 90° ), T-square, bow compass, eraser (white for paper),

ruler (pica, points, inches. metric), eraser shield, circle template, protractor,

drafting tape, tracing paper, dictionary.  Computer with graphic design software is

suggested; it is not required.


Has paste-up been replaced by computers?

No.  Manual paste-up is used everyday. 


Is most graphic design done on computers?

Yes.  There is still hand sketching and conceptualizing.


What do you get in each book?

Practical Graphic Design contains chapters of information and samples with design projects,

glossary, tests, and answer key, all in a brief, easy to read, self-teaching, 

self-paced book of only 145 pages.

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Specific to Practical Drafting™

Where can I purchase the tools I need?

Any office supply store.


Why do you teach manual drafting?

This is the number one question for Practical Drafting and I have two answers.  The short one will suffice for some and for everyone else there is the long one…


The short answer:

Drawing manually is simply the best way to learn.  It’s a hands-on experience that will last.


The long answer:

In order to learn the skill of drafting to an acceptable level requires learning to draw manually.  I am not trying to imply in any way that manual drafting is a career option.  There was a time approximately 1995 to 2002 when some schools and universities stopped teaching manual drafting.  Industry in general was disappointed. The people coming out of these schools did not understand the fundamentals and could not produce good drawings, even using sophisticated CAD programs.  Now a lot of those schools are teaching manual drafting again.


It is important to know how drawings should look, a drawing is not just a picture it is a sophisticated communication technique.  Anyone can learn CAD if they understand the fundamentals of drafting.  Practical Drafting addresses the use of CAD.


Would you teach your child to type prior to learning to write?  Learning to draw manually is the best way to learn.


Is manual drafting out of date?

The answer is yes and no. Yes, because Computer Aided Design (CAD) has replaced manual drafting in the professional office. No, because the understanding of how drafting is done should be accomplished by learning manually. In addition, there are many applications where CAD cannot be used:  Layout, hand drawings, places where there is no electricity, etc. The analogy I use is: I would not dream of teaching a child to type before writing and I would not teach a student CAD prior to them understanding the basics of drafting.  The books are not trying to promote manual drafting as a career path.


Has manual drafting been replaced by Computer Aided Design (CAD)?

I address the CAD issue in Practical Drafting. It is the expectation that the exercises in Practical Drafting will be followed up using CAD. It is best to learn manually first.


What are the tools required?

Practical Drafting requires several standard tools:

small drafting board, triangles (30° x 60° x 90°, 45° x 45° x 90° ), mechanical

pencils (.3, .5 & .7mm), T-square, bow compass, eraser (white for paper),

scales (English & Metric), dividers, eraser shield, isometric circle template,

drafting tape, paper (8 ½ x 11, 11 x 17), dictionary.


What do you get in each book?

Practical Drafting is comprised of hundreds of exercises and reference materials all in

a brief, easy to read, self-teaching, self-paced book of only 136 pages.

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