By Arlene Hawkins
Studying can be an easy task to get distracted from. With classes now being virtual due to the coronavirus, people are confined to study in their homes. Many people do not have the luck of having a private study space within their household. People fail to focus due to distractions like electronics, social media, family or just a wandering interest. Studying at school, surrounded by dozens of other people who were doing the same as you, provided a comforting environment. Students may feel lonely being by themselves, in their rooms, and this can make it hard for them to focus on their studies.
In response, a category called Study with Me on YouTube has become popular. In these videos, people film themselves studying, giving you a virtual study partner. These YouTubers allow you to go into student mode and finish off assignments you’ve probably been avoiding. On the “study with me” videos, YouTubers are doing a technique called Pomodoro, a method of cutting up study time and breaks into time intervals. In this post, we’ll provide a list of five different YouTubers who have made it their goal to help students feel like they are back in the campus library or study hall.
1. Gutsy Studygirl
Gutsy Studygirl’s videos are really relaxing, as she does not speak much and gives the audience views of herself doing her work from the side, to make it seem like she’s sitting next to someone. Sometimes she points the camera out her window to let the viewers see what she sees out the window during her studies. Most of her videos take place in her room, like other “study with me” Youtubers, since libraries are not an option for studying these days. There’s always room between her and the camera to create the feeling of if you are really in the same room. She also has a few videos where she does use the Pomodoro method, but the majority are of her studying for hours without a break.
2. The Sherry Formula
Sherry adds a boho aesthetic in her study with me videos. The atmosphere she gives in her videos are as if the audience came over for a study date or study session in the comfort of her home. She gives options on her videos such as if you prefer to watch a long or short video or if you prefer to watch a video with or without sound. She uploads several videos of the same session where in each video there would be either music, background noise or no noise at all. She even uploaded four different videos where two of the videos included Pomodoro method and the other two only had one break session in the middle of the study session.
3. TheStrive Studies
In her YouTube videos, she does many real time study sessions, whether she is in her room or at her university. She sets a serious vibe in her videos which motivates the viewers and makes them feel like they need to hit the books. Her videos range from 30 minutes to 2 hours, which gives the viewers options as some may not need to do long study sessions. She uses the Pomodoro method in all her videos, and to creates a quiet environment in her videos by not speaking. For breaks, when she does add music to her videos, there will be a small pause between Pomodoro intervals that give the viewer a 15 -20 minute break.
4. Elena Handtrack
Studying with music is not for everyone as it can be a distraction for some. For those on the quieter side, Elena Handtrack offers quiet study with me setting with ambient noise as she goes through her papers or types away on her computer. Just like TheStrive Studies, Elena provides a serious setting that motivates production. She does talk in the beginning of the video for a brief intro, but barely speaks at all during the rest of the session. The way she angles her camera lets you feel like you're sitting across from her at a table. If you ever feel like no one is there, just look up and remind yourself that she’s studying with you. She is the only YouTuber on this list who does not use the Pomodoro method.
Although she is traditionally known as a vlogging YouTuber, Angela also offers amazing real time study videos to her subscribers. She does Pomodoro method in her videos and speaks to her viewers nearing her breaks which does give a good virtual interaction, as if the viewer is sitting in front of her. There is no music, but the background noise and minimal talking does help in thinking that someone is in the same room as you. Studying and talking are not the greatest mix to put together, but it does defeat some of the loneliness. The talking can create a friendly atmosphere as she acknowledges your presence.
It is okay to acknowledge your loneliness during this pandemic and utilize the virtual tools we have to feel closer to other human beings. If this was a normal semester, you would be in a library or some quiet space trying to get your work done. So, why not try to recreate that environment with these “study with me” videos that help make isolation and studying a more comfortable event.
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