Learning to teach



Documentation / Tutorials

Industry / Case-studies



Running a class or workshop

  1. Survey / Appraisal

    1. Proficiency level: Zero exp / Basic / intermediate

    2. Number of participants

    3. Duration

    4. Relevance - what do people want to use it for; and what is their day job

Doing demos or workshop tips

  • Have a second that alerts you to pause when participants are having problems

    and go around to help people

  • Turn on "zoom" in Accessibility for Mac; allowing into to zooming in and out

  • If using shortcuts, say aloud the shortcut used every single time.

Recording video tutorials

Apps for screen recording

  • Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) — Free

  • Camtasia

Common mistakes / problems

  • OBS

    • Window capture only records the main software panel and does not include any other panels opened up in the app in you are recording

    • Video text is blurry

  • Edit

    • Using After Effects for editing —Rendering takes forever; stick to Premiere Pro or Resolve

    • Zooming and focus takes too much time; using dissolve is a better alternative as it is time-cost effective

  • Perfection — wanting every aspect of your first video to be perfect

    • When starting out; I recommend just publishing a video and not be concerned with the audio or the title animation, or the recording process. Just do it; you will naturally get better and improve those flaws.


Best video instructors for reference

  • Entagma — Great voice and speed

  • Andrew Kramer from Video CoPilot — Fun and humorous (somewhat)

  • Andrew Price from Blender Guru

Miscellaneous notes:

*Intermediate users are the most challenging to teach; because they do not show up unless you are well-recognised for your skills and prestige in the field.

What I learned from making YouTube tutorials

  1. Recording tutorials is much more challenging than teaching in-real-life

    1. Buffer words such as "erms" and pauses make the videos less pleasant to watch