I run a tutorial website, and was just wondering about this.
Someone in another post mentioned that people often like video tutorials better than text ones.
I personally hate video tutorials because you can't skip around easily and they take a while to load. Whenever I click a link to a tutorial and find out that it's a video I exit out right away. But thats just me...
It's definitely text tutorials for me. When reading you're given time to contemplate on the information that's being thrown at you, because you can pause whenever you like. Although the same is true in videos, you tend to become more apathetic when watching videos and thus hitting pause constantly is somewhat of an annoyance.
The man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out.
My order of preference when trying to learn something new would be:
1) Being shown face-to-face
2) Text tutorial
3) ...all the other types of tutorial...
4) Video tutorials
I'm very much like you, I just can't seem to stay focused when watching a video tutorial - I like to flick about between sections and particularly like to be able to print the tutorial and read it on paper.