Meet the study tubers

Caught sight of this article reading Stephen Downes’ blog and thought it might be something my students would enjoy. What if all the students at our school made revision videos for their peers? What if they had videos for every difficult topic in the courses they are taking? Most written exams in Norway allow the students to bring laptops. Actually, in most written exams you have to bring your laptop. And even if there are only a few exams where you are allowed to the use of the Internet, you can download the useful videos on your hard drive. And you are able to use your headphones when taking the exams. So why not? Should we get to work?

I’m sharing the article from Stephen here.

This is a short BBC video profiling ‘study tubers’ – people who are in school and record study tips and share advice with their friends. The videos are called ‘revision videos’, as in “revision for school exams“. The speaker is named Jade and here is her YouTube channel (BBC doesn’t link to it for some reason; I had to search for it). Here’s one called Revision With Eve. Also Ibz Mo from Cambridge. Even some teachers are getting into the act. There are also revision music videos, like this. I had never heard of the concept of ‘revision’ when I was in school, but the study techniques weren’t new to me. My own approach was analytical: I would organize and classify concepts, rewriting books, lectures, whatever, creating logical structures out of the material, which in turn were easy to remember. A lot like this. Also: no cramming. Ever. You’ll notice that I still learn by rewriting – that’s how this newsletter gets created.

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