I love learning new things, but especially since starting university and having to read over 200 pages weekly, I do not find much time for any personal reading. Still, I am way too curious and studious not to dig into any of my personal interests. This is why I love YouTube for the enormous offer of educational videos. Not only do I find that they often help me study when I want to recap something, or am not getting quite a grasp of it. But they also let me explore my personal interests in a more passive way.
CourseHero, InfoGraphicShow and CrashCourse
- Coursehero’s explains on their about page: “Course Hero is an online learning platform where you can access over 25 million course-specific study resources contributed by a community of students and educators. Students can find practice problems, study guides, videos, class notes, and step-by-step explanations for every subject they’re studying — from economics to literature, biology to history, accounting to psychology, and everything in between”. I have enjoyed their literature videos ever since starting university. They give a great overview of novels by analyzing their symbols, characters and themes. They have been an absolute lifesaver for my literature studies as I have to read a novel weekly, and by the time the exam comes… Well, I have forgotten most of it’s plot and symbols. This is why I always go over these videos right before my exams to recap the novel instead of having to read it all over again. It’s a great refresher, and helped to make study so much more enjoyable.
- InfographicShow describes their platform as “Facts are fun, but most are presented in boring and badly edited videos. The Infographics Show focuses on making animated motion infographic videos, made in a fun and entertaining way.” The Infographic Show posts new videos daily or sometimes even twice a day. The topics are from “The Worst Ways To Die” to answering “Intersting Questions”, “Space” and “Deathrow Stories”. Their videos are based on historic and scientific facts, presented in bite-size videos from usually around 10 mintues. My boyfriend always watches a video right before he goes to bed so of course, I got hooked too. Don’t take these videos too seriously, but they give a nice basis for expanding your basic knowledge and you can always choose to dive deeper if something catches your interest.
Bonus: LoFi and Binaural Beats
These videos are not any type of educational videos, but they really do help me get into study mode when I have to read or write a lot. I thought as a bonus, I would give you some of my favorite LoFi beats and Binaural Beats to study to. Check out one of my go-to LoFi videos. And also one of my go-to Binaural Beats videos.