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Learning How to Learn From Videos

Here are some statistics: 
 
  • Visual processing is increased while watching a video to learn a skill. 
  • Learning abstract or difficult concepts through demonstration makes learning faster. 
  • Through video instruction, anyone can do self-study which leaves a stronger impression on the brain. 
Most of us watch videos in a pleasure capacity, funny videos, movies etc.. 
 
With LinkedIn Learning, you will be switching to a learning capacity and the easiest way to not get bored is finding a topic/skill that you want to learn. Think about the countless hours you have spent on YouTube trying to find the right video instruction for your device or home project? Your determination to learn is what's needed when you are doing self-study, it's no different when using LinkedIn Learning.
 
As a supplement to our classes, LinkedIn Learning will continue to help you grow your skills and give you the tools to our changing workforce.
First of all, take notes throughout the course as you watch these videos.
 
Brain research suggests that handwritten note-taking will maximize your attention and focus and aid in the transfer of your learning to long-term memory.
 
I also encourage you to use colored pens and pencils and draw images in addition to writing down words. Be playful and have fun with it. 
 
Think of the note-taking as creating a mental map of your own journey through the course.

Next, before you begin, think about your goals and ask yourself why you are taking the course, what you expect to learn, and how you plan to apply what you are learning. 

Write down your answers to these questions and keep them at your side as you watch the videos. Reflect on and check your progress against these goals and modify or embellish them throughout the learning process.

When it's time to watch a video, make sure you've taken measures to minimize any distractions or interruptions that might happen. Place your phone in airplane mode. 
 
Turn off your email. Log out of social media. And to the extent possible, find a quiet place where you'll be able to focus and concentrate. Each video is only a few minutes long so you should be able to unplug long enough to watch a few videos during each learning session.
Avoid the temptation to binge-watch. LinkedIn Learning designed their course content in chunks of videos for each main topic. So, give yourself a break between these topics. You might even want to space the videos out over a few days and give your brain a chance to sleep on the new information you're taking in. 
 
And as you finish each video and learning session, give yourself a few minutes to reflect on what you've learned and capture in writing any new ideas or insights that you're having. 
 
As you go through the course and after you've completed it, share what you are learning with others. And ask them what they think. Have a conversation. That will help generate new insights and understanding of the material.
Space the videos out over a few days and give your brain a chance to sleep on the new information you're taking in. 
 
And as you finish each video and learning session, give yourself a few minutes to reflect on what you've learned and capture in writing any new ideas or insights that you're having. As you go through the course and after you've completed it, share what you are learning with others. That's one of the best ways to transfer what you're learning into long-term memory. And ask them what they think. Have a conversation. That will help generate new insights and understanding of the material. 
 
So, after watching a few videos, go back to a video you've watched earlier and discover some new insights and go back to videos after a few weeks. You might be surprised at what your brain does with content it's already seen. The content won't have changed, but your brain will have.