Your school has closed.
You are at home.
You are in front of your screen trying to figuring out this whole new homeschooling thing.
You are tempted to make a homeschool joke, but you can’t—because now that’s you.
You feel things are going pretty well. You tell yourself, “I guess it’s cool. It’s not the same, but I’m getting things done. But it takes forever.”
Yes, life is a bit diffrent doing school from home, but it might not be that bad after all.
If you have to watch prerecorded videos as part of your learning, then I have a trick for you. I have never been attending a college physically, but I have been studying online for years. I picked up a trick along the way that helped me get more done much faster. It saved me hours of study time.
The World’s Slowest Speaker
At one point, I watched teaching videos from an amazing professor. His teaching was outstanding, and his theology was sound. Overall, he was great! But he spoke slow. I mean. Some people speak slowly, and then there was this professor.
I wanted to learn because everything he said was good, but I was dying inside because he was speaking so slooooooooow.
Let’s Accelerate That Video
That’s when I got the idea to speed up the videos. Youtube automatically have such feature enabled, which allows you to increase the speed of their videos. If this is new to you, please continue reading otherwise, if this is old news, then jump to the next section.
Here is what you do:
- Open a Youtube Video
- Find the “Settings” icon in the video controller bar.
- When you click on “Settings,” you will see several options. You will see an option called “Playback speed” set to normal.
- Check on “Playback Speed” and change it to either speed 1.25x, 1.50x, 1.75 or 2.0.
There you go. Now you can hear your professor speak at double speed and do your homework much faster.
It might be a bit strange at first. If you find that 2.0x is too much. Start with 1.25 and boost the speed slowly.
The trick is the keep focusing on your screen. If you start multitasking, it’s game over. You have to force yourself to focus on what your teacher is saying. The key is to find the speed that suits you.
If you want to take notes, no problem. Just hit the space button. Type your notes and then hit it again to start the video.
Google Chrome Extension
If you want even more speed, you can install an extension in your Google Chrome browser that will allow you to boost the video speed beyond 2.0x.
Follow this link to the Video Speed Controller to install the extension into your browser. You will see a speed controller on your videos when the extension is turned on. Then follow the instructions from the link above. The cool thing is that this extension works on almost any video player in your browser.
I used to listen to the seminary professor at 3.5x speed. Oh, that felt good.
So there you go.
Now that you have double as much free time, why not check out my post: 10 Ways To Make The Best Use of Your Time