How to use videos to revise

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just sit in front of some videos for a few hours and all the maths knowledge you need to pass your GCSE would just download into your brain and stay there?

Unfortunately our brains don’t work like that, learning is hard work and takes effort.

To learn from a video you need to actively engage, rather than just watching it. Click To Tweet

In order to make the time you spend revising worthwhile and effective, follow these steps when you use a video to revise.

  1. Give your full attention to the video. You remember what you pay attention, so concentrate on the video and don’t do other things (like messaging etc) at the same time.
  2. Watch and re-watch the video or parts of it as many times as you need to. Unlike your teacher, a video can be rewinded and paused. Take your time and make sure you understand each part before moving on.
  3. Pause the video regularly to:
    1. Take notes of examples and any important information. Writing things down will help you remember them better.
    2. Try questions or complete examples before watching the solutions.
  4. After you have watched the video find some questions to practice and check your understanding.
  5. If you can, go back to the topic a few days later to practice some more questions. Watch the video again if you need to.
To revise effectively from a video you must give it your full attention. Click To Tweet