How to Watch the Videos

While everyone will watch the videos slightly differently based on their own needs, here are some general suggestions that will improve how effective they are for you. Remember that we explore the mathematical topic before the videos, and then the videos just reinforce the mathematical procedures necessary to solve problems. But, as you are watching the videos, please try to connect them back to the bigger picture we talked about in class.

First, it's important to focus on only the video while you're completing it. This is not a time for multi-tasking, so turn off your IM client, put your phone aside, turn off the television and radio, and devote a solid twenty minutes or so to the video. If you're going to do this, you might as well do it right. Find a quiet and comfortable place to watch the video, but not too comfortable. Make sure you have your notebook (and a calculator) handy to take notes, write questions you may have, and work out the self-check problems at the end.

When you actually start watching the video, I highly recommend watching it full screen (it's the icon in the lower right corner of the video window). It's much easier to see when you enlarge it to full screen. Then there are three main parts to each video: an Examples and Explanation part, a Guided Practice part, and a Self-Check part.

Examples and Explanation: Just what it sounds like. The video explains how to do the problems and works through some examples. You don't have to write anything down, just watch, listen and learn. Having said that, you may want/need to write some things down to help you learn the material. You know yourself best as a learner, so do what's going to help you learn the material. Pause the video and replay parts if you need to.

Guided Practice: The video gives you a problem, then asks you a series of questions with about five-second pauses between questions for you to think about it and answer it for yourself. If you need to, pause the video during some of those five-second pauses to give yourself more time. Again, you don't have to write anything down here (although you can and it's often a good idea to).

Self-Check: The video gives you a problem, then asks you to pause the video, write the problem down in your notebook and solve it, then play the video again to check your work. You may need to pause the video again to view the solution if you need more time to compare to your work. These problems you definitely need to write down in your notebook and then submit your answers on the Moodle (and complete the free-response summary). These problems are your chance to see how well you understand what you've just learned about. If you have trouble, go back and review parts of the video and then try the self-check problems again. Work at this until you feel like you've got it. If you are really having trouble understanding, write down what your questions are and then ask for help from me (either electronically or face-to-face at school), another a student, a family member, or a friend.

Most of the videos are between eight and ten minutes long but, if you watch them as recommended above, are likely to take you about twenty minutes if done well. Remember, you can always replay any part of the video you need to go back over something (not just when it's assigned, but later to review a topic if you need to).