5 YouTube channels to make you smarter

By Vicki Evans

Most people think that YouTube is good for nothing but teenagers’ vlogging in their bedroom and cat videos but there are a growing number of educational channels that are taking over the YouTube world.

If you want to learn history, how global warming affects you day-to-day life or just something interesting to impress your boss with then we have the videos for you.

Game and Film Theories

Hosted by Mat Pat this is the two channels about the science of your favourite games, films and TV shows. It also includes discussion in to game theory and working out if fan theories are correct.

The style is a voice over from Mat with graphics and images over the top. There is the new Film Theories channel that has been around for a year and this covers TV and film related topics with Game Theories covering game and culture theory.

It covers topics in a very relevant way with a range of topics such as how to win at the Hunger Games to if you could survive an assassin’s creed leap of faith.

Minute Earth and Minute Physics

These two channels are the brain child of Henry Reich and this is the easiest way to have a daily does of science in to your life.

Most of the videos are a minute long and explain complex ideas and scientific theory in easy to manage chunks. This has simplistic art design which mainly involves stick figures and hand drawn art.

This is a must in your subscription box as videos are weekly and explore topical issues and problems. Also exploring some of your biggest questions in science with simplistic answers.

Crash Course

Hosted by Vlogbrothers John and Hank Green and guest stars Phil Plait. These are more lengthly series of videos that dive in to specific topics.

Each series is between 20-40 10 minute long videos and this is to give more scope and complexity to topics that you may not know about. This is more like a class than a bite size video however the hosts and animation keeps your interest over that time.

The channel is four years old and in that time has covered topics like world history, physiology, biology and literature.

CGP Grey

Unlike the other channels that we have talked about CGP Grey is a generalist and talks on a wide variety of subjects from politics, history, science and social theory.

His lengthy one off videos condense topics down and stay interesting though out. The slowed down voice over and animation gives it a relaxed feel whist explaining things in an easy way.

The style of video has changed very little thought the 5 years CGP Grey has been online and has a style that anyone could do themselves.


With over 10 million subscribers Vsaue is one of the most popular channels on this list and is in the top 50 of most subscribed to on YouTube.

Michael Stevens hosts and creates the show and unlike most educational shows on YouTube keeps the vlog style one-to-one approach with Michael on a background with a few images popping up.

The video titles are asked like questions and follow that format with the question you always wanted to know be it what if everyone jumped at once or is the 5-second rule real will be answered at the end of the video.


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