Universities won’t give you a degree for watching YouTube videos… Yet.
However, you can learn amazing university-level lessons from the many brilliant educational YouTubers using the platform. Colloquially known as “EduTubers”, these researchers, students and teachers are here to show you everything from bacteria under a microscope to unbelievable (and awe-inducing) images of Jupiter.
Here are seven EduTubers you should be watching! Are you ready to learn something new?
Sally Le Page
Sally Le Page‘s channel is the home of Shed Science, a biology series exploring the “quirks of nature”. As a biologist at Oxford University (she’s a smart one), Sally’s well equipped to bring complicated topics to the public through the use of entertaining videos.
Sally also hosts Sofa Science, where she discusses science communication with other science YouTubers through casual conversations, all from her sofa. Sally doesn’t just make biology easy to understand, she makes it every bit as fascinating as it deserves.
The concept of Numberphile is simultaneously incredibly broad and specific. It’s all about, and only about, numbers. You might think there are only so many videos you can make about numbers, but the channel has been going six years, with no signs of stopping.
Numberphile is produced and edited by Brady Haran, who has many educational channels. However, most of the screen time features other people: mathematicians explaining interesting maths concepts with the help of simple drawings. They interact with Brady behind the camera, creating fun personality bits throughout the lessons!
Inés Dawson is a PhD student at Oxford University (is there an EduTube club there?) and the creator of Draw Curiosity, a channel not about illustrating abstract concepts, but, in fact, about any topic that draws her curiosity. The average person might think of something like, “I wonder if insects feel pain,” shrug and move on. Inés, on the other hand, takes those queries and answers them, giving us both science lessons and great party trivia along the way!
Space lovers, this one’s for you!
Astrum tackles all things space and astronomy, from specific questions like “What does earth sound like from space?” to a series on every planet in our solar system. Its creator, Alex McColan, also uses stunning NASA footage to showcase the latest images of planets and moons. They’re so breathtakingly beautiful that some people don’t realise they’re real pictures, assuming they must be artist renderings!
Olly Thorn‘s explicit goal with Philosophy Tube is to “give away a philosophy degree for free”. On his Patreon, he cites the spike in British tuition fees as inspiration to putting his Master’s Degree in philosophy to use on YouTube.
Olly covers a lot of topics on his channel, from classic philosophical questions to present-day politics. Questions relevant to everyday life are presented through the lens of philosophical thinking, making Philosophy Tube one of the world’s most popular and exciting philosophy courses!
If you’re interested in shark teeth, smelly flowers or beekeeping, then Maddie Moate has the channel for you. She focuses on natural sciences, with videos covering ocean depths, all the way to astronauts in space. You’ll learn not only about plants, animals and the world around you, but more day-to-day natural science tricks like how to make recycled bird feeders… Or how to make paper out of elephant poo. You know, everyday crafts.
It’s hard to describe exactly what Tom Scott‘s channel is all about. His videos are titled anything from Your Private Messages Might Travel Under This Beach to We Sent Garlic Bread to the Edge of Space, Then Ate It. There are three clear themes through his channel:
- Everything sounds like clickbait, but Tom fully delivers.
- Every video centres around something interesting to Tom and, by extension, interesting to everyone watching.
- You click off of every video having learned something completely fascinating.
Sounds like something you’d want to watch, right?
Feel any smarter yet?
EduTubers are the best of both worlds. Not only are they entertaining, but you get to learn something new. No one can say you’re procrastinating on your schoolwork when these videos teach you so much!
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