Continuing on yesterday’s question about why we still like to read even though we have all the videos we could ever need available to us, take a look at this list of a wide range of skills taught in different ways, collected by Tim Ferris.
Watching the videos got me curious. I wanted to learn the skills and practice them. But very soon, I also remembered why I so often prefer to get my information in written form (with photos): It is very hard to get a big picture from a video.
You can skim through a step by step tutorial or magazine article quickly before digging into the details. To do this in a video, you have to fast forward or jump back and forth — and when you do that, it is hard to collect the important steps.
A video is great for showing you how to do things. For example, explaining how to juggle three balls with only text is very hard. Similarly, explaining the correct kneading technique for bread making would be easier done in video than text.
But when you need to reproduce the steps in the video, you will need simple visual cues to guide you. At this point, a bullet list of the important steps is better for reminding you of the steps to take.
This is how the best way to teach a skill depends on situation, but most often is a combination of the different methods: text and pictures, supported by video when needed.