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September 12, 2009

How do you learn best?

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 2:02 pm

Good afternoon readers.

I’ve been pondering my next foray into the world of bookbinding tutorial writing and am wondering what is the best medium to use for it’s creation. I’m considering some video tutorials instead of ones that can be printed.

So, my question to you dear readers is do you learn better from books or videos? I’m a book person myself. I enjoy watching videos but don’t like having to go put the video in and find a certaing part when I am working on a project. I prefer to have a book or some type of printed instructions to hand when I need them.

Also, what do you think about online classes as opposed to being in a classroom with an instructor? 

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  1. I learn best by a visual instruction first and then printed notes to refer to. I find that with most books or print instructions I often have a hard time understanding at least one step along the way. I eventually work through it by trial and error but I like to watch first, and then take the directions and work on something.

    Which is why I guess I prefer workshops over books :)

    Comment by Kiley — September 12, 2009 @ 3:41 pm
  2. Photos of the process and/or finished book-and written instructions.

    Comment by Chris P — September 13, 2009 @ 12:34 pm
  3. I do watch bookbinding movies on youtube, and I think they are entertaining. They require less attention than reading, and usually I watch them while working on a task that is not that demanding.

    When I really want to learn something, I look for written instructions and print them. I like that they can lay beside me on the table, and I don’t need a device to make it accessible. You can take it to your art, craft, or tool store when buying stuff, and it’s super easy to re-read a difficult part. Like you, I really don’t like stopping and rewinding movies to understand a specific point. And when reading I can go as fast as I want to, and can easily skip paragraphs that are already known to me, and don’t have to sit and watch for 10 minutes while someone is explaining the obvious.

    While I would use both or any media when it comes for free, I would generally not spend money on a bookbinding video. If I had bought a bookbinding video just 5 years ago, it would have been VHS and I were unable to play it now. Technical advances in software are even faster and you can’t be sure that video will still play properly on a new computer.

    To sum it up: videos are colorful, lively, and entertaining bits of information. But for learning, nothing goes over written instructions for me.

    Comment by buechertiger — September 14, 2009 @ 2:08 am
  4. I do best with lecture, demo, hands on, but that’s in person.

    In my bindery, I prefer a printed with LOTS of illustrations. I like going back and forth in the text and pics.

    I’ve watched videos on youtube but find that they move too quickly and sometimes even skip steps that are too familiar to them but not for their viewers.

    Give me print!

    Comment by Dan Wells (bookbum) — September 17, 2009 @ 6:20 am
  5. Hi Jackie

    I do have quite a collection of books on bookbinding and agree the option of having printed intstruction in front of you is easier than a video that you may not have in the room where you actually bind. For me I learn better from videos, as long as they show the entire process.

    I’ve taken two online class and just started a third and they are wonderful. You are able to ‘attend’ the class on days/times that suit your schedule and with the Ning based classes there is also interaction with your tutor. There is also the option of uploading images of your own work for critique.

    Personally I’d be happy with any of the following options for tuition
    1. Online class with the option of some interaction with instructor, in case I struggle with some of the instructions.
    2. Pay a fee and have downloadable PDF with written instruction with lots of pictures.
    3. Any kind of online video instruction.

    Hope that helps.

    Best wishes

    Billie :)

    Comment by Billie — September 21, 2009 @ 6:26 am
  6. As a former instructor, I’m convinced that the best learning method (in person) is:
    Tell the student how to do it.
    Show the student how to do it.
    Make the student do it.

    As for the choice of watching a video or having a book open in fron of me, I’ll take the open book with lots of illustrations any time. I can easily reread a section or flip back and forth as desired.

    Never stop learning.

    Comment by Bookbum — September 24, 2009 @ 6:09 am
  7. Aw, this was an extremely good post. Spending some time and actual effort to generate a really good article… but
    what can I say… I put things off a whole lot and never seem to get nearly anything done.

    Comment by www.oldforum.casn.ca — November 25, 2013 @ 8:42 am

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