True Warrior

PLANNING YOUR CLASS

PLANNING YOUR CLASS

Getting Started

Identifying Your Target Student

Choosing Your Class Topic

Drafting Your Class Outline

Class Planning Checklist

PRODUCING YOUR CLASS

PUBLISHING YOUR CLASS

GETTING STARTED ON CLASS PLANNING

Planning is the first and most important phase of creating your class on True Warrior. Classes that are well thought out result in the best student experience, which means better class reviews, more engagement, and more students. In addition, putting in the effort to plan your class carefully will make the production phase much easier since you’ll be fully prepared to record.

In this section, we’ll cover the three steps for planning your class from idea to checklist.


IDENTIFYING YOUR TARGET STUDENT

It's tempting to want your class to be for everyone. But if your class is for “everyone”, it actually means that it’s tailored to no one in particular. For example, a course for beginners would have to include a lot of introductory material that just wouldn’t be applicable to people with experience. There will be a lot of information in your class that will only apply to a small number of students. Students don't want to waste time on information that is irrelevant to them. Having too broad of a focus will also make your class creation more difficult. 

It's often easier to narrow things down by first identifying who your class is NOT for. What problem do you want your class to solve? Think about the pain points or needs people have on a day-to-day basis. What do your students want to know after taking your class? Ask yourself: why should my class exist?


CHOOSING YOUR CLASS TOPIC

On True Warrior, you can teach any topic you’re passionate about in the fields of health, wellness, and personal development. Our classes encompass a wide range of categories, and our students are always eager to learn from new teachers who bring a unique style and perspective - that’s you! To ensure students are excited to watch and participate in your class, it’s important to choose a specific topic that you’re confident teaching.

Here are the two best practices to keep in mind when deciding what to teach:

  • Get specific

It's best to keep your class focused on a specific subject that you know well and are confident sharing. Don’t try to cover too much. Keeping your class focused on a specific topic or technique will also help to set it apart from other classes in your category.

  • Think about the key learning objectives you want students to get out of your class

Once you've decided on your class topic, write out your Class Description. Your class description should give students a quick understanding of what your class will cover. Feel free to come back and polish it once you've recorded your audio class and are ready to publish.


DRAFTING YOUR CLASS OUTLINE

Recording a class for True Warrior is quick and easy when you prepare ahead of time by drafting a class outline. Outlining your class is one of the best ways to ensure your audio recordings are well-organized and engaging.  

Use this outline template to map out your audio course. The most popular classes on True Warrior include 2-4 hours of total audio content, broken down into a series of 20-40 minute lessons. 

While constructing your outline, you'll need to think about the audio format you’ll use for each lesson. Here are some audio formats to consider (many teachers use a combination):

  • Solo Recording
  • Interview

Next, sketch out your main talking points for each audio lesson. Some teachers prefer to write out a full script, while others are comfortable with detailed bullet points. Whichever method you choose, follow these best practices to ensure your audio tracks are organized and engaging: 

  • Set the right expectations. In the first audio track of your class, start with a quick 10-20 second overview of what your class will cover so that students know what to expect. Establish credibility by giving students a taste of your style and what they will learn in the class. Share examples of your work or stories from your experience.
  • Keep it simple and direct. Stick to one major concept per lesson so that students aren’t overwhelmed with too much information, and reinforce key points by repeating them throughout your lessons.
  • Be relatable. Students prefer teachers who appear natural and conversational. Reference examples and anecdotes wherever possible to avoid dry content and keep students engaged. For example, tell students how you got into your

Once you’ve drafted your outline, feel free to email it to our Teacher Support team at teach@truewarrior.fm.


CLASS PLANNING CHECKLIST

COMING SOON

PRODUCING YOUR CLASS

PLANNING YOUR CLASS

PRODUCING YOUR CLASS

Getting started

Preparing to record

Getting the best audio quality

Editing your class

Class Production Checklist

PUBLISHING YOUR CLASS

GETTING STARTED ON CLASS PRODUCTION

 

Teachers are always surprised by how easy it is to record high-quality audio lessons at home without breaking the bank. In fact, many of our most successful teachers use their computers to film themselves through a simple screencast. Students care more about your content than your production style. As long as you follow our best practices for achieving clear audio quality, your class content will shine. 

In this section, find all the resources you need to record your class 


PREPARING TO RECORD

Before you actually record your class, it’s important to do a little prep work. The more thought you put into your class before recording, the easier the process will be. We promise! Here are the 5 most important things to do before recording your class: 

Prepare Your Outline

  •  Prepare an outline with your main talking points. This will help you stay on track and cover everything you want to when you sit down to record. 

Select Your Recording Format

  • What format(s) will your class take? As you outline your class, keep in mind the two ways you can create a class on True Warrior. 

Practice

  • Practice! Do a run-through of each audio lesson so you can iron out any kinks and make sure your class feels natural. Practice out loud, record a test on your computer, or grab a friend. Some teachers even choose to write out a full script so that they’re extra prepared when they begin recording.

Avoid Distractions

  • Make sure there are no distracting sounds or visuals in the background so your listeners can focus on what’s most important: your content. If you're using a screencast, turn off any notifications before you start recording.

GETTING THE BEST AUDIO QUALITY

Here are a few different types of audio issues you may experience:

  • Bad Recording Environment
  • Technical Issues
  • User Error

ENVIRONMENT:

ECHO: The most common audio problem our teachers have is ECHO. Echo’s make the audio sound really far away, like you’re recording in an open space.

Recording in an empty room with no walls and no carpet is one of the most common ways our teachers end up with bad audio. Dampen your recording room to help absorb some of that sound. We added sound proofing acoustic panels to our recording room, but also put up blankets, cushions, and couches to help avoid picking up any echo in our recordings.

Background noise: You might NOT be aware of the background noise while you’re recording, but suddenly you notice it while listening to your recording afterwards. You might here things like traffic, air conditioning, phones ringing, or people talking in the background.

Pause and listen to your recordings frequently to ensure you’re not picking up other sounds.

TECHNICAL ISSUES:

Distortion: You might hear an electrical static sound in your recording. Typically this issue is caused by having the gain turned too high causing this electrical sound, making the audio extremely distracting.

Background Hiss: You might also have a background hiss similar to distortion. This will sound like a raspy noise within your audio track. It generally comes from having a poor quality microphone, like the one built into your camera or computer.

Left Speaker: Another issue you may encounter is sound only coming out of the left speaker. This happens when the audio output settings are set to stereo instead of mono.

Pro Tip: When starting your course, try out the equipment you have at home before buying anything.

 

USER ERROR:

Low Volume: If the volume on your recording is really low, your microphone may be too far away. Make sure to speak loudly and clearly and speak directly into the microphone.

Muffled Sound: You can also run into the opposite problem if you are speaking too close to the mic. This will pick up too much information and your audio will sound muffled. We suggest being about six to twelve inches (15 cm to 30 cm) away from the mic.

Pops: Another common problem is “pops” in your audio. This popping sound is especially common in words with “p”s and “t”s. If you have this issue, there will be unnatural spikes in your audio, which can be distracting for your students. Try moving just a little further from the microphone or drinking water before you talk (this can actually help with clarity). You can also look into buying a pop filter, which is a great way to ensure you don’t have this issue at all.

Pro Tip: Avoid re-recording by checking your audio early on and frequently. That way you can make sure you have good audio quality throughout your class.


EDITING YOUR CLASS

Editing Your Class

Editing your class is an easy task when you’re equipped with the right tools and tips! What’s more? Most computers have built-in editing softwares that are really easy to use. Find a few of our favorite editing softwares below, along with resources and tutorials to help you get started.

Easy-To-Use Audio Editing Software 

Mac

  • GarageBand (Free)
  • Adobe Audition (Free month trial)

PC

 

Editing Basics

Check out these videos for some quick editing 101.

Four Easy Steps

  1. Transfer Your Footage

Transfer your footage from your recording device using a USB cable or memory card reader.

  1. Import Your Footage

Once your footage is transferred to your computer, open your editing software and import all your raw video footage.

  1. Cut + Edit Your Video Footage

Drag footage to your timeline and cut out “ums” and any bad takes. Don’t forget to save frequently!

  1. Export and Publish

Skillshare’s video player requires HD videos. Find the export menu in your editing software and select HD 1080 or 720. See your recommended settings here.

 

Additional Resources

Find here a list of software-specific resources to help get you started.


CLASS PRODUCTION CHECKLIST

Follow this checklist to successfully record your lessons:

□ Choose your video format - screencasts, physical demonstrations, or a combination of both.

□ Schedule a film date into your calendar; most teachers film their classes in one day, or even in just a few hours.

□ Choose your location - a quiet space free of distractions and with natural light if you’re shooting a physical demonstration.

□ Gather your recording equipment, and install any necessary software to your computer or device.

□ Prepare any additional materials you’ll need for filming, such as a slide presentation, example images or objects, materials for a physical demonstration, etc.

□ Do an out-loud run-through of your lessons using your class (some teachers choose to write out a script; others simply use their talking points).

□ Record your lessons! 

□ Edit, export and upload your audio lessons to your class.

PUBLISHING YOUR CLASS

PLANNING YOUR CLASS

PRODUCING YOUR CLASS

PUBLISHING YOUR CLASS

Preparing to publish your class

Publishing existing audio

Merchandising your course

Course Publishing Checklist

PREPARING TO PUBLISH YOUR COURSE

Once you’ve designed your course and recorded your lessons, you’re almost to publishing. In this final phase of preparation, you’ll go through a few easy steps to ensure your course is set up for success.

In this section, learn how to merchandise you course so that it is optimized for search and discovery. Finally, review our class publishing checklist, and you’ll be all set to go live.


PUBLISHING EXISTING AUDIO

If you’ve already created an online course, you’ve come to the right place! Teachers with existing audio content are welcome to publish on Warriorfy. Whether you host an online course on another platform or your own website, you can find an audience and grow your following on Warriorfy.

 Optimize Your Content for Warriorfy:

While you must have a minimum of 10 minutes of content to publish, Warriorfy courses typically range from 20-60 minutes of video content, broken into 2-7 minutes individual video lessons. If your course is longer than 2-3 hours, consider chopping it up into smaller pieces and posting each of them on Warriorfy. Often times, you can use your ‘video units’ as courses themselves. An 8 hour course can be 8 courses on Warriorfy, giving you the chance to earn more money for less work!

 Consider Your Publishing Schedule:

With the way our platform works, teachers are most successful when they release one new course every few weeks or once a month, rather than publishing many courses all at once. Each time you post a new course, all your followers are notified. To take full advantage of this feature, it's best to space out your courses so that you can build up your audience and maximize your minutes watched.

 Keep Merchandising in Mind:

 There are tons of ways to get discovered on Warriorfy. Improve your chances of getting noticed by potential students by following our best practices for Class Merchandising and SEO to make sure that your course can be discovered by students both on Warriorfy and off. Keep in mind that mentioning other platforms that you teach on can create confusion for students, so we recommend removing any reference to them in your videos or descriptions.

Also, don’t underestimate the power of a professional profile. Make sure to fill out your teacher bio to briefly reflect your background and credentials so students can understand why you’re teaching.  A clear and professional profile photo also goes a long way! Be sure to connect your Warriorfy account to Facebook and Twitter to increase your followers.

When you’re ready to publish, head to warriorfy.com to upload your lessons. Follow our publishing checklist for required components and recommended best practices for student engagement.

 *Just to note: we do not allow content on Warriorfy that is hosted for free anywhere else online, unless it is also listed as a free class on our platform as well. For example, if you posted free content on YouTube, you are not able to upload it on Warriorfy unless it is also available for free. See our Class Guidelines here.


MERCHANDISING YOUR COURSE

Ensure your course reaches the widest possible audience by optimizing it for discovery on the site. A few small details can go a long way in making sure that students find your course on Warriorfy and are excited to watch. Here are our best practices for course merchandising:

Course Title

A great course title is fun and catchy, while also specifically explain what students will learn, create, or gain from taking your course. Your goal is to help both students and search engines understand exactly what your course is about. For example, instead of “Hand Lettering,” try “Hand-Lettering Basics with a Brush Pen.” Remember, specificity is key for making sure your course appear in student searches. Here are some of our favorites:

Cover Image

Together with your course title, your cover image should provide a clear depiction of your course topic. Choose a high-quality, visually-compelling image that will help your course stand out in our listings. To add your course cover image, head to the Video Lessons section of your draft, and click Replace Cover Image on the top right corner of your first video lesson. We recommend making your cover image 1280x720.

Course Description

Your class description should give students a quick understanding of what your course will cover. The first 3 sentences of your course description are also what will most likely show up in a Google search or social description. Consider adding your name, running time, difficulty levels, and key topics so that students immediately know what the course is about. Include any links from past work –– your portfolio or website, Youtube channel, Etsy store, etc –– for added engagement with students.

 

Category

Courses are grouped in four main categories: Creative, Business, Tech and Lifestyle. Each category has 5-10 set subcategories. Select the course category and sub-category that best relates to your content. This will ensure that students who are interested in your topic will discover your course when browsing Warriorfy.

Skills

Skills are descriptive words that allow your course to surface in student searches. Add up to 7 skills that relate to your course content. Select your skills by thinking about what search words your target students would use when searching for content. Do some research on Google Trends to see what people search for in your area, and include those skills on your course. And read our article on optimizing your Warriorfy course for SEO for more tips on how to make sure your class appears highly in search.

 

Levels

You also have the ability to label your course content as Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced. This helps students know what content is right for their skill level before they watch the course, providing a much better experience for beginners and experts alike.

  • Beginner: No prerequisite knowledge required. The course includes everything students need to know to complete the project and/or deliverable.
  • Intermediate: Some prerequisite knowledge required or, at minimum, helpful for students to learn the most from the lessons. Consider this label if there are specific software skills, conceptual knowledge, or disciplinary expertise students should have.
  • Advanced: Significant prerequisite knowledge required for students to follow and learn from the lesson material.

Teacher Profile

Add a clear, high-quality photo of yourself to your Warriorfy and a brief bio that explains who you are and what you do. Add links to your own website, portfolio, articles you’ve written or anything else you’d like your students to see. Be sure to connect your Warriorfy account to Facebook and Twitter to boost your follower count.

 

Lesson Titles

Your lesson titles should be clear, concise and relevant to the content. Ensure your course has a polished look by double-checking your titles for spelling and capitalization. Remove numbers and symbols (such as “Video #1)  from the beginning of titles.

 

Video Lesson Notes

Notes are a way for you to add extra value to your video lessons by highlighting important moments, linking to extra resources, or simply adding a fun line of encouragement or inspiration to keep students excited while participating in your course. Add 1-3 notes to each of your lessons using the "Add a note..." box beneath the video. 


COURSE PUBLISHING CHECKLIST