YouTube Videos for Learning


Catherine Hurwitz

School can be stressful, as each student has at least five different academic classes to juggle along with extracurricular activities and maintaining relationships. To help solve the students’ struggles to perfect time management, thinking outside of the box is the root to staying on task. Thus, watching YouTube videos can be educational and play the role of a teacher to reinforce the subject.

The “Amoeba Sisters” is run by Sabrina Peterson and Brianna Rapini, who teach science as characters of Petunia and Pinky the amoebas respectively. The channel is engaging with its kawaii cartoon drawings of the subject, as well as puns and relatable examples. Peterson illustrates for the videos, and Rapini, with a degree in biology and a background in public school teaching, narrates the videos.

In 2006, Salman Khan founded “Khan Academy,” a nonprofit company devoted to educating the world. Through YouTube, the channel focuses mostly on math, but it also includes the subjects of science and engineering, computing, arts and humanities, economics and finance, test prep, and colleges and jobs.

Starting a source for history students to visit in 2012, Adam Norris has made videos on YouTube as a “one stop guide to all things APUSH.” Norris is an advanced placement United States history teacher from Cheektowaga, New York. The videos detail historical events in more depth than the typical history class.

“CrashCourse,” one of the most popular educational YouTube channels, is essential for inquisitive students. The Vlogbrothers, John and Hank Green, founded “CrashCourse” to teach world history and biology. Today, the channel is a collaboration between other educators to release  videos pertaining to a myriad other subjects. Animations through Thought Café and whims such as the mystery documents entertain while educating viewers throughout the world.

Neil Hepworth, master of grammar, runs a YouTube channel devoted to letting students understand concepts from third grade that progress into challenging material. Hepworth’s quirky personality and entertaining grammar examples with his cat Twiggy promote a feeling of ease and a desire to learn

YouTube videos can be viewed at the student’s own pace and can be rewinded at any time. Education is at the fingertips of anyone: watching videos on the box of a smartphone is available to anyone willing to think outside of the box.