Saturday, March 28, 2009

Using YouTube to Study

Have you ever thought of using YouTube to help you study? YouTube (a site where users can post videos) is great for a lot of things (like looking up clips from a movie you love, watching an old TV commercial you remember from when you were a kid, viewing important political speeches, or sharing home videos with friends and family). Increasingly, it's also great for education. There are lots of short videos posted on YouTube that can help you in learning the material for your courses.

For example, what if you're taking trigonometry this semester? If you search YouTube for "trigonometry," you'll get 1,520 videos. As you scroll through, you'll see everything from basic introductions to trigonometry to really specific things like "How to solve trigonometry problems on the iPhone." Or, you can search for a particular concept you need help with. For example, if you search for "trigonometry right triangles," you will get 82 videos that focus on showing you how to solve right triangle problems.

Of course, the same thing applies to many different subjects. There are 62,000 (wow!) videos about various topics in physics. There are 236 videos on French grammar. There are 123 videos showing how to use APA citation format in your papers. You get the idea! That's a lot of help, right at your fingertips!

Try it out and see what you can find related to your classes this semester. Did the videos you found help you better understand the material you were trying to learn?


  1. I used YouTube to prepare my Organic Chemistry Labs. It was really helpfull to actually see the experiments before class.I agree YouTube is a great study tool.

  2. Watching labs/science demos in advance is a great way to use YouTube! I hadn't thought of that--thanks for sharing the idea!

  3. sturggling with ELIMarch 30, 2009 at 12:49 AM

    After reading this post I went straight to YouTube because I have been struggling in my ELI FIN 215 class because some of the concepts are difficult to grasp by just reading. I never thought of looking for "lectures" on YouTube, but to my great surprise, there is a video for almost every subject in the course. Great idea, I will definately be using this as a tool for other courses!

  4. Finance is a very tough subject! I'm so glad that this tip helped you find some new resources to help you out.

  5. I use you tube to study all the time.