Joshua Cohen is a principal at Fat Pencil Studio
"Daddy can you teach me SketchUp?"
My son, a third grader, frequently asks me for SketchUp lessons. Last night I sat down with him and watched some training videos. The experience reminded me how easy it is to get started with SketchUp, but also how there is always more to learn, even for an old hand like me.
Most of my knowledge is self-taught, so when people ask me for suggestions, I point them to resources I used when learning: short training videos available from SketchUp, Go-to-school, and Concept3d. These are great for building general knowledge, and can be consumed in manageable chunks. When it comes to answering specific technical questions, I've found SketchUcation forums are my best resource.
However, there's something about learning with another person that makes the experience meaningful. So even with all the great training videos out there, I'm still going to sit next to my son while he's learning—answering questions, offering tips, and probably learning a thing or two myself.
If you're looking for a more personal experience while learning SketchUp, there are live training events scheduled in major cities worldwide. I'd also like to give a shout out to my friends at BrightmanTal in Denver. If you are using SketchUp for architectural, landscape or urban design, these folks are an excellent source of knowledge, offering several books, and a variety of learning opportunities from free online videos to on-location training.