Originally Posted by blobbloblob
How do you get the most out of these online videos? Do you take notes while watching or do you just swing it and just watch it. I'm looking for new ways to watch videos because half the time I fall asleep in my chair watching them.
Probably varies, but my personal preference is to watch short spurts (15-30 minutes at a time) just before a session.
If I tried to watch 2 hours at once, it would take me out of my comfort zone and would take a lot of energy to get a lot out of it.
I would keep the comments section under the video on the training site open while watching, and type in any questions that you have throughout the video. I would also review those questions before posting to see if you can find the answers prior to posting, sometimes a second look is all it takes to have something "click."
I'd also look at quality of quantity. To me, 30 good videos by a great instructor are a lot more valuable than 300 random poker videos. If you're trying to see everything, so to speak, that might help explain why you're losing focus during these.
Also make sure you're actually playing, because the worst thing you can do is spend time watching instructional poker videos then not actually play much poker. There isn't really any entertainment value in most good poker instructional videos (aside from some style points with some guys).
And finally, one idea is to find another member of the same training site(s) you belong to and do sort of a homework study session where you each take a few notes of importance on a video or multiple videos and then do a session where you each review those main points of value together to make sure you're getting the most out of it. Then rail each other playing a session, or review some hands in HEM/PT, etc. to really get the most out of it.