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Got video skills?
Share them and reach viewers other than your cat…

  • Check out the topic below for more information about video options and submission.
  • Submit your short video by midnight on Wednesday, February 21st.
  • If your video is selected, we’ll pay you $100!

Topic: Study Space

Did you know our workspace can influence how productive we are? By controlling your environment, you can improve your focus. If you’ve had success in making your study space more efficient, we want to hear about it. Tell us in a short video about the top ways you make your workspace work for you, and how that makes a difference in your study habits. Please address one or more of the following questions in your video:

  • How do you minimize distractions in your study environment? (E.g., putting your phone in a drawer, turning off the TV, using browser blocking apps, etc.)

  • What are your best tips for setting up your workspace when it’s time to study/get work done? (E.g., de-cluttering your desk, having a snack handy, not studying on your bed, etc.)

  • How does setting your workspace up for success help with your focus, learning, efficiency, and comfort?

  • How do you avoid study burnout?


Tips for making video magic:

  1. Be specific: Don’t try to cover too much. Start thinking about an anecdote or “headline” that captures the theme. Look to the questions for suggested angles.
  2. Focus on your own experience and/or the experience of people you know: What worked for you? What didn’t work? Resist offering advice (“you should do this…”) unless you have relevant professional qualifications.
  3. Choose an engaging (but not too distracting) environment: Outdoors can work well. A gray wall probably won’t.
  4. Stay short: Keep your video to two minutes or less.
  5. Skip the music unless you have written permission from the copyright holder OR the music was available via editing software.

Ready to submit?

Step 1: Record your video.

Step 2: Submit your video.

Step 3: Watch your email for notification that your video was selected.
*Note: Not all videos will be selected. You will only be compensated for videos that are selected.

Step 4: Bask in the glory of victory.

Suggested video formula:

Time Example

10-second introduction of theme

“Did you know that the healthiest food in the grocery store is usually found along the perimeter?”

10-second personal introduction, including a fun or interesting fact

“Hi, I’m Student X, a sushi-enthusiast, devoted fan of pinstripes, and student at Columbia University.”

1-minute discussion on a particular theme or story, related to the topic and questions pertaining to it

“Today I want to talk about my grocery store triumphs, otherwise known as how I learned to love the nutrition label…”

10-second conclusion

“This is my experience using a nutrition label to find the healthiest food. What’s your greatest grocery store success?”