Prepare to watch the video in just the same way as you would prepare to study written material. You will need to have a suitable environment in which you should be relatively undisturbed and able to concentrate for the full length of each video extract. You will need to be able to take some notes as you watch – it is easy to forget the key points if you leave note taking until the video is finished, and it will be important to record your immediate reactions to some of the images.
In the video extracts, you are introduced to an issue – often presented in the form of a conflict – in which two sides of the story are presented. Here your notes will not only need to reflect what the video is saying, but also to identify the nature of the debates and the arguments being presented by the two sides.