Appeal to All Learning Types

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Can you Visualize it? Taste it? Hear it? Feel it? Adapting to a wide audience and speaking to the senses can make even the most difficult of moves debunkable. VARK is an acronym that refers to the four types of learning styles: Visual, Auditory, Reading/Writing Preference, and Kinesthetic. The VARK model acknowledges that students have different approaches to how they process information. Utilizing this with new video angles, text, voiceovers, and overall approach in speech can change a good tutorial into a great one.

Establish Prerequisites Needed

Deciding what skills are needed before embarking on a new trick can provide a more rounded repertoire and create ease when diving into new concepts.  Providing combos or even a short clip with the move being demonstrated afterwards can make finding transitions and incorporating the move more attainable.

Capturing Unique Angles and Utilizing Speed Control

With the proper camera accessories or an innovative mind, capturing unique angles (bird’s eye, POV, behind the back view, etc.) for the visual learner can help the student process the information at their own pace.  Utilizing speed control is also key with advanced patterns or concepts; this can be done through editing and using slow motion effects to break the move down into parts and highlight quarter time.

Voiceover vs In-Person

Over time it seems more and more tutorials are popping up utilizing voiceovers, which is great for clarity in instruction and gives a nice polished, professional look to the video. However, it is not the only option; to me an in- person tutorial is the traditional way of making an instructional video. Having the ability to clearly explain a move and give good instruction in one solid clip takes skill and also shows your in-person teaching approach. This can be great when followers are seeking to take in-person instruction from you but just aren’t sure what to expect. Both have their benefits and when you get down to the nitty-gritty it’s all preference.