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YouTube Channels for a Fruitful Learning Session

Here is a list of YouTube Channels for a Fruitful Learning Session.

YouTube is a wonderful multi-faceted platform that is used by millions of people around the globe every day. One of the biggest communities on YouTube is the Education community.

However, with over 500 hours of content being uploaded every day, it can be a daunting task to navigate this digital maze. Therefore for your benefit here is a list.

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  1. Learn Concepts
  2. Listen Alongside
  3. Solve Alongside
  4. Motivation and Tips

1.Learn Concepts:

When it comes to learning concepts whether they be in your textbook or not, these are the channels to trust.

a. Vsauce(1,2 and 3):

Vsauce

The three Vsauce channels all deal with education. Vsauce 1 is generally handled by Michael Stevens, Vsauce 2 by Kevin Lieber, and Vsauce 3 by Jake Roper.

This along with their fourth channel D.!.N.G(Do Online Now Guys) makes Vsauce the absolute powerhouse of the education sector of Youtube with each channel dealing with different things.

D.!.N.G started out as a way to showcase cool things on the internet but nowadays it is used by Michael to make videos to explain simple maths and physics concepts from divisibility rules to lenses and more.

Vsauce 1 is a sometimes bizarre but always entertaining and educational channel which serves as Michael Steven’s main channel. You will find a huge variety of different topics being discussed here. Concepts reaching from outer space to everyday life. Vsauce 1 is the original and often times the go to channel for all.

Vsauce 2 is run by Kevin Lieber and he uses it to showcase the brilliance of Mathematics. Kevin’s videos often associate real and abstract concepts with mathematical probabilities and his channel also sees the most frequent uploads.

Vsauce 3 started out as a channel that linked video games to real life but under the command of Jake Roper, it has evolved into a much more complex entity. The channel focuses on time and space as well as nuclear war, fallout, and also applying science to movies. Vsauce 3 also has the best production and set designs given that it is the only channel of the three that has sets.

b. Crash Course:

Crash Course

The channel is run by brothers John and Hank Green and focuses more on concepts that are necessary for students to learn in schools.

They possess excellent range in their content and their videos are easy to understand due to the sleek video production and simple animations which are used to explain the concepts.

They also tackle concepts that one may not find in their textbooks and almost all their videos are as enjoyable as they are educational.

c. Sci-Show:

Sci Show

Moving outside the textbook more, Sci Show gives the viewer information on everything from dinosaurs to humans and everything in between.

More recently the episodes are hosted by Hank Green(Yes , Crash Course Hank Green) with each episode on average being around 8 minutes long.

Nevertheless, the channel is able to pack a ton of information despite the short run time and the range of content ensures that everybody leaves happy.

d. Minute Physics:

Minute Physics

Short videos explaining tons of concepts and it is all done by a guy scribbling on a piece of paper while pointing a camera at it is the best way to describe Minute Physics.

With its simple presentation and easy to understand explanations, it is possible for any topic to be easily understood by anyone.

This is probably the most genius channel on the platform given how simple yet ingenious it is.

e. Backyard Scientist:

The Backyard Scientist-Jonathan Grant Thompson

Finally dealing with a channel that uses more practical means as a way to explain things.

Think of a ridiculous idea for an experiment and chances are John has already done it.

Breathtaking visuals with a learning edge topped with a generous sprinkle of Wow is the best way I can describe this channel.

2. Listen Alongside:

for when you need to some good music to help you focus on your topics.You can trust these channels. Don’t worry there are no mid roll ads.

a. Lofi Girl:

Lofi Girl

We have all heard of her and here she is.

The channel always has two live streams which run 24/7, one to listen while studying and the other to relax to.

The channel boasts some of the best calming yet empowering music with 0 lyrics which are always helpful no matter what you are doing.

You must note though that the channel is dominated by techno music and you won’t find a lot of classical here.

b. Yellow Brick Cinema:

 Roche Klue – Founder of Yellow Brick Cinema

Now here you have a chance to find your classicals.

YBC has multiple live streams for you and the activity you are doing, there are streams for studying,relaxing,doing yoga,getting a massage; basically anything & everything.

The channel also boasts a large number of selections sure to make any music enthusiast happy.

3. Solve Alongside:

Now we get to channels where one can sit and learn or can solve the questions alongside(recommended).

a.Khan Academy:

Khan Academy

Starting with the one that possibly started it all.

I will keep this simple, you have a textbook concept then Khan Academy can teach you

The one drawback to it is the feedback system is not that efficient however the video quality and content is leagues ahead.

b.Vedantu:

Vedantu

Vedantu offers amazing courses which help students prepare for exams.

Along with videos they have live streams with amazing teachers helping students understand concepts of different subjects and also giving students a classroom experience.

c. Physics Wallah:

Alakh Pandey- Founder of Physics Wallah

Leaving the corporations behind and coming to one man.

Physics Wallah teaches several concepts clearly and helps students learn by example with important questions and not just concept over concept.

d.Tutor Here:

Tutor Here

Tutor Here is a recent site yet has a plethora of courses in almost every subject there is.

These courses are easily accessible by anyone for free. With each course being easy to understand and applicable for a student of any age. Tutor Here provides a great learning experience.

4. Motivation and Tips:

The final category helps to motivate students after a burnout as well as give tips to help students improve.

a. Better Ideas:

Joey Graceffa- Founder of Better Ideas

Despite not being study related, Better Ideas is an oasis of a channel that teaches its viewers several skills and tips that help them stay happy in Life.

the channel provides a ton of stylized videos that will help the student overcome any burdens he/she may face during their studies.

b. Einzelgänger:

Einzelgänger

This channel makes videos about history and philosphy.

It gives out Life Lessons from some of the most well known historical figures while also tackling their philosophical ideas and their modern implications.

From lessons on Love to Focus, you can find a lot of motivational content on this channel.

c.Matt DiMaio:

Matt DiMaio

Now this is a channel for study tips.

The Channel provides you with a lot of amazing tips which are unbelievably unique and effective.

This is one of the channels you must watch if you find dealing with your text books a chore.

And well there you have it. Some of the best YouTube channels across different categories, each designed to help a student in different ways.

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Caught in the Artificially Intelligent Web

Reading Time: 2 Minutes

Have you ever logged on to social media to look for something and instead spend an hour scrolling through your feed?
You are not alone.
Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube all have brilliant algorithms that research individual behavior based on past preferences and choices. This algorithm then designs an individual feed that is then meant to grab the attention of the user.

The inbuilt addictive AI in these social media platforms catches and holds the attention of the user aka us for a very long time effecting both our mental and physical well-being. To address these digitized problems of the digital era, De-FAANG was introduced. Read more about De-FAANG here.

How the Web Works?

Smartphones have become our constant companion. We carry it with us throughout the day allowing ourselves to be interrupted by messages and notifications. The internet can both connect and disconnect us from the world. We put our immediate interactions with our friends and relatives on hold when we get a notification.
People who are busy on their phones either scrolling or checking news feeds and updates on their social platforms with a forward-leaning posture is a common sight these days.
New algorithms, which are updated regularly to individualize the users’ feed are a reason for social media addiction amongst users.
It is not common knowledge that the data collected regarding every social media user in respect to the pictures and posts they interact with is used to tailor and curate their feed with more and more relevant content which is based on their previous preferences.
Social Media algorithms employ aggressive techniques to attract users and keep them invested in the application. Besides this, data regarding the interaction between the user and the content they see is stored and used to push even more relevant content to them.
The primary motive of these algorithms is to grab attention. The next step is to attain maximum profit in terms of advertisement revenue by presenting the content to the user in the form of recommendations. Social Media Platforms generate revenue through targeted advertisements and there is a reason it is called ‘Targeted’ because the platforms themselves know which user is most likely to click on which advertisement that is pushed to them. The information is privy only to the platforms themselves. And thus with this, the user is trapped in this constant loop created by the web-based algorithm.

Impact On Mental Well-Being

Numerous research and studies have proven the addiction that comes second hand with online social media platforms. The AI used by social media networks can be responsible for either increasing stress, depression, anxiety, and behavioral disorders, or aggravating the aforementioned conditions. Many people are faced with sleep disorders due to the emission of blue light from phone screens, and diseases like Nomophobia, which is a fear of being without your phone have become more commonplace. And with more youngsters taking to their phones they are exposing themselves to the possibility of such problems manifesting in their day-to-day lives.

Click here to read more about the Importance of breaks from Social Media

How to mitigate yourself from getting caught in the ‘Web’

  • Adjust your notification settings: You can turn off notifications for non-essential apps. When a new app asks permission for notification, you have the option to deny it. You also have the option of putting your phone on silent so that you can avoid those pesky notifications.
  • Don’t use your phone as an alarm clock: Phones can be used for a myriad of things, one of them being to serve the purpose of an alarm clock. Instead of using your phone as an alarm, try using a conventional alarm clock instead. They’re louder and can get the same job done. Using our phones the moment we begin our day sets in motion a routine of depending on our phones that is hard to break.
  • Use a time tracking app: Several apps are focused on this newfound sense of ‘Digital Wellbeing’. Some of which even allow us to know for ourselves how much time we spend on each app that is installed on our phone and also having ‘Focus’ modes that prevent you from accessing certain apps within a predetermined time frame. The use of such applications can help you discover which app you spend most of your time on and make a decision for yourself if the said app is worth that much time.
  • Use voice-recognition instead of the search box: Escape the search box. If you do have to search for something, use voice-recognition. By doing so you will be safe from suggestions while searching.

Instead of checking our phones every few minutes, we should try and discover where best to dedicate our time. Innovative and meaningful activities that can help build our personality and be more creative can aid in boosting productivity. A change of habit or routine can also go a long way in making us forget about our phones. 

Watch the video below to know more about this from the motivational speaker Sandeep Maheshwari himself.