Learning How to Learn From Video Courses
Dear Future Student,
I realize you have a few dozens of courses to choose from.
Thanks for considering this one!
Why should you enroll into my course and why should you NOT wait ?
Why this course:
This course is a product of my ongoing, unique research on learning from video courses. What makes learning from video courses harder than you think and how to fix it. How to avoid watching video courses like a movie and increase retention of knowledge. The course is now listed at a modest $50 price point. It will never cost less. The price will only increase. It will be going up as we add more value to the course.
Why would the price go up? Online Learning is a unique and constantly evolving field that requires frequent updates to keep up with the trends. As we make new discoveries, we make new videos and add more value. I will keep adding videos as I unearth new ideas and get the data needed to back them. Which means the course will go up in its value, and I will increase the price accordingly.
If you buy the course now, you will receive all the future videos at no additional cost. For your lifetime!
Learning from Online Courses is harder than you think.
I am not saying this because I found it difficult for myself or I saw my friends struggle. I have researched thousands of online learners’ video watching behavior across a breadth of online courses before arriving at this conclusion.
Let’s face it. We all sign up for courses even when we know there are courses that we are sitting on without completing, only reassuring ourselves that someday we will complete them. If a mere completion of an online course can be difficult, how hard would it be to learn from it? And what about retaining that learning and applying it to our lives?
This course explores the fundamental problems with learning online, primarily from video courses. You will see and relate to the problems we face as we try to complete online courses. Instead of just knowing the problems, we will discuss the solutions for them as well.
At the end of this course, you will be able to pick the right courses for yourself, you will also be able to see that you are completing them faster than ever; importantly, learn from them and retain that learning for the rest of your life.
Using checklists and guidelines included in the course you will develop your learning process. This course will sure make you a smarter learner when it comes to learning from online video courses!
Join me in a journey towards a lifelong learning.
Welcome to the Course and What you need to know before you start.
Why is Learning from Online Courses Harder than you Think?
How to Pick Courses that are Right for YOU!
How to Pace Yourself through the Course?
The sad truth about education mindset is that it is a predominantly a top - down approach. Someone creates a curriculum for you. Someone gets to decide what is important and what isn’t. Someone makes up a schedule and scatters the quizzes and test throughout the course. The design those test so that they also get to decide whether you succeeded in a course or not.
Because of that top - down approach, we feel really lost when we are taking a self - paced course. Think about newly born kittens with theirs eyes still tightly shut. Self - paced course btw, is kind, of course, you are taking right now. There is no enrollment date, no due dates for assignment or exams dates. You get to decide when to show up to class, whether to take the quiz or skip, whether to watch a little more of the video or stop it.
It’s really exciting for me to watch you guys consume this course. Today is September 1st, 2016 and about 300 of have joined the course. Some of you watched 20% of it and stopped. Some of you watched 80% right after purchase. Some of you watched 100% and messaged me and posted a comment about the experiment on the board and did some jump and jacks I assume (Hello Sundar!!! You are rockstar!)
Some of you never turned it on, a lot of you will never get to this video because this is after a 20-minute mark. But this course is not for everyone and not everyone will get it. Not everyone applies this advice to their online learning. But for those of you watching I want you to draw the line between watching the course and learning. You can all watch Sal Khan from Khan Academy take a derivative in one of his super clear and explicit videos and still not able to take a derivative of F(X) = 2x/x-1
I encourage you to try right now and come back to me.
How did it go with the derivative? I hope you get my point.
I really wish i could give you a set formula when it comes to pacing. Watch a video course two times a day for x number of minutes and you will be cured. But I can’t. Every course has different density and different receiver (which is your brain).
The advice I want to give you is to focus on what it is that YOU want to learn. And it’s okay if it is different from what the instructor wants you to learn. At the end of the day, it is about you and your learning. Not a lot students make that distinction. If you don’t care about my graphs and data-driven videos, skip it. It is not for everyone, but once you hear something of value to you….
For this particular course, if you hear me say something that you think will make a better learner, I want to stop the video and not to continue watching. After you stop, I’d like you to take out a blank sheet of paper, fold it in half. I will explain why in a later video, and start describing that concept in writing.
Stop the video after Aha, but explain it fully in complete sentences. As you do that, I want you to be completely honest about what you know and don’t know. Human brain finds it almost impossible to asses how well we know something. We often tend to overestimate our level of understanding and fall into a cognitive illusion of knowing.
That’s why I want to you to use paper. Paper can not be fooled.
One of the inspirations for this course was a course on coursera by Barbara Oakley and Terrence Sejnowsky. The course is called Learning how to Learn.
How to Focus on Video Content?
Since college years I wanted to know how to get into the flow state. That cognitive state we all enter when the problem we are working on completely absorbs us, and we forget to check the clock or email. I don’t have trouble entering the flow state when I am writing or reading. I had a hard time getting in the flow when I was watching videos.
Why? Partially because the input is too slow, leaving me extra mental bandwidth to think about something else, like “ Do penguins have knees?” or “ Did I pay my Credit Card bill?” And partially because a video is infinite, meaning I can always rewatch and stop as needed. Humans tend to value scarcity.
And it didn’t matter whether I liked the subject I was watching a video about or not. I knew I was passionate about the work of Seth Godin, especially his insights on education. Despite my genuine interest, I recently found myself daydreaming while watching his TedEx talk on YouTube. Sometimes, my mind would begin writing an email I was planning to write later, at times, I would start planning an article, or just wonder how does Netflix generate its suggestions? How can Skype and BitTorrent be free? How does Google Sell Ads?
A friend of mine owns a t-shirt that says: I have an attention span of a retarded fruit fly.
Btw, if you have recently looked up any of the questions above - you have just practiced distraction. You acted on your impulse, an unconscious stimulus. Think of it as a little spasm in your brain which sent an electrical signal to a random place in the cortex which activated this thought. It's undirected and does not deserve your attention most of the time.
And as humans, we get good at what we practice. Every time we interrupt our primary activity (watching a video course, reading a book, writing an email, etc.) and do something else - we practice distraction.
In the past seven years, humans have developed mastery of distraction! Let me prove it to you. Remember the last time you were standing in line? Did you just stand there or did you have your entertainment device in your hands? Chance are that 80% of you recall the latter scenario.
But think about it! We consistently practice distraction and expect ourselves to exhibit focus when we need it. Seems illogical, but somehow we don’t reflect on that as learners and expect ourselves to push through the course, lecture, book, document, article, etc.
Does a marathon runner practice walking and sitting and one day decides to push through a marathon? He or she practices running consistently and develop endurance to make sure they can run the race.
Why do we think of focus differently? In the following lessons, we will explore how to practice Focus and reinforce flow state during online learning.
Well, I was really off when I said that the article was published in 2012. It was 2008.
In fact, I recall stumbling on it when I was in college.
Here is the Link: https://www.wired.com/2008/04/ff-wozniak/