Studying can feel lonely; hours and hours locked up in one’s room preparing for stressful exams.
Some teenagers are coping by creating “cram videos,” short clips where they trade study techniques and forge friendships.
A few like 18-year-old Jade Bowler, who goes by the name UnJaded Jade online, have gathered a following of millions over YouTube.
“I think study, revision and productivity videos have taken off in popularity mainly because we all go through these things as teenagers,” Jade was quoted as saying by the BBC. “We’re all in school, and it’s quite nice to have people to relate to.”
The British teenager’s most popular clip shows her routine that starts at 5:00 AM and includes mediation.
The trend sometimes called “study tubing” has spread across the Atlantic. Vloggers like Adanna the PA have also garnered tens of thousands of views.
So are these students just looking for attention? Hardly.
Creating study videos offers a number of benefits to the students:
Sometimes the push for students to create online video content has come from universities themselves: Princeton, for instance, shared videos made by STEM students to help motivate remote learners.
Universities have found that making videos available can help their own students study more effectively as well.
What should schools be doing to help?
Giving students the tools and encouragement to review and create videos can help more learners take advantage of these techniques.
The digital era has indelibly changed how we communicate. Teenagers learn to shoot, edit and publish video stories with greater ease and at a younger age than ever before. Giving them the tools and support to learn in their own way helps increase the odds of success—not just for the video-makers, but for their audiences as well.