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How to Learn From YouTube: For Your Studies, Hobbies and Work

Posted by Jane Shearer on September 8, 2019 at 4:16 PM

How to learn from YouTube

YouTube is the most popular online video sharing platform now in the world, there are millions of interesting videos on a wide range of different topics, many of which can actually be very educational.   Students on YouTube learning something new

There is something for everyone and there are many opportunities for learning. This article will look at how you can use YouTube for learning new things, as well as developing existing knowledge.

The YouTube Learning channel

Besides being able to search for topics of interest and choosing from the highest-ranking videos, there is actually a dedicated You Tube Learning channel full of videos on a wide range of different topics designed to help people learn new things, develop their knowledge in areas of interest, pick up new skills and maybe even find new hobbies. 

Designed for curious minds

The YouTube Learning channel features some of the best ‘how to’ and DIY tutorials to help someone become more self-sufficient. There are also videos geared around helping someone to learn new job skills as well as lots of science and technology-based videos for those that are simply just curious about the world around them.

Why people turn to YouTube

More and more people are now turning to YouTube for educational resources.  A recent survey showed that 56% of users turned to YouTube ‘to learn something new’ which was the third highest ranking reason for using YouTube following ‘to help me fix something in my home or car’ which is also an educational reason, and ‘to be entertained’.

Self-directed learning on YouTube

Everyone at some point has found themselves in a situation where they are stuck on something and they need some guidance.

Maybe you’ve spilt some red wine on the floor and you want to know the best way to remove the stain, you need to know how to repair a puncture in your bike tire, or you are writing an essay and you need more guidance on the literature that you are reading.

For many people, YouTube is the number one resource to turn to in these instances. The survey said that 7 in 10 viewers are using YouTube for help with a problem they are having with their studies, hobbies or work.

YouTube can make you smarter

According to the survey, 86% of YouTube viewers are looking to go beyond brushing up skills that they already have and actually learn new skills. After watching these educational videos, people reported feeling smarter, inspired and more equipped and prepared to tackle new things and solve problems.

Popular learning resources on YouTube

In terms of some of the best learning resource available, the great thing about YouTube is that videos from other platforms and websites are likely to be posted on here as well. So you can find out about lots of other educational resources and websites just by exploring what is out there on YouTube. For example, TED talks are another very popular video learning platform where you can see experts in their field talking about the latest developments and research.

RSA Animate

There is also the ever-popular RSA animate, on You Tube which features short, concise and highly informative learning videos about a huge range of different interesting topics. The videos are 10 minutes long and very engaging with a visual as well as audio element to help people learn.

Whatever your interests, there is plenty of learning resources on YouTube to deepen your knowledge as well as introduce you to new learning opportunities.

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