Published: 30th March 2019
Tired of your tutor? YouTube's DigiTeachers are here to help you clear your doubts
We talk to three YouTubers, whose channels help students understand their subjects better
We've all had days when we've walked out of class with a blank expression on our face, wondering what was taught that day. If this was the nineties or the early 2000s, you might have gone running to the teacher, your neighbourhood tutor or a friend, hoping they could explain the topic better. But today, all you have to do is open YouTube. No matter what subject or topic, you have scores of YouTubers at your disposal, ready with simple video lessons. Got questions? Just leave a comment and the teacher will help you.
We decided to catch up with three such YouTubers to find out how they make teaching lessons cool. For Mudasser Ali Khan, who runs Keep Educating Yourself, a YouTubing career was serendipitous. It all began with Mudasser shooting a few videos during his free time, inspired by Salman Khan's Khan Academy. "Later, I made up my mind to start a YouTube channel. I discussed it with my family and friends and they all supported me," he says gleefully. All of Mudasser's videos are based on the NCERT books. He says that it takes him just a couple of hours to conceptualise a chapter.
Roshni Mukherjee, the brains behind ExamFear Education, had always been passionate about teaching. The same passion made her start a YouTube channel in 2011 while working in the IT industry as a quality analyst. But was that the only thing? We let her answer that question. "Lack of good teachers and schools in remote areas prompted me to start creating online video lessons so that I can reach all parts of the country. Quality education is quite expensive, which makes it unaffordable for many parents. So, I wanted to provide quality education for free," she says.
While she initially had a tough time juggling her role as a professional and as a YouTuber, she subsequently quit her job to become a full-time digi teacher. She now plans to introduce new subjects on her channel. "We are introducing Political Science, which is not only beneficial for students but also anyone, in general, who wants to understand our political system better. We will be introducing Sample Papers on our channel soon, which would help children prepare better just before the exams," she says.
We also talk to Dinesh Godard who runs wifistudy. Dinesh was a blogger before he decided to start a YouTube study channel. "After working on a number of blogs, wifistudy came as a brand name. When it was started, wifistudy was providing free practice tests and job-related information, but the concept of live learning was missing at that time. That’s why the idea of creating a YouTube channel hit me," explains Dinesh, who is planning to introduce UPSC coaching too. He also has a team of experts who help him design the module. "Our team of subject experts checks each topic before making the video. The study material is checked against the best educational stuff available online and offline before preparing the final lectures," he says.
So, ditch those expensive tuition classes and settle down in front of your computer with these YouTube channels.