I have YouTube channels, email newsletters and podcasts that I follow from which I learn a lot about self-development, wellbeing and productivity. One of my favourites at the moment is the podcast by Sam Harris called Waking Up.
Building your own “Reading and Watching List” of content that you enjoy and makes your life better is a simple action you can take for your own self-development.
Typically this is done slowly over time, as you discover new content or have content recommended to you. Also, what you follow tends to change over time. For example, I have unsubscribed from some newsletters and subscribed to new ones, as my life or interests have changed.
As part of my role in writing and talking about wellbeing and productivity for students, I keep an eye out for other channels or newsletters or podcasts that I think students could benefit from knowing about. I particularly keep my eye out for content focused on helping students with their studies. Students who feel confident in their work, often experience greater wellbeing.
For example, I previously recommended the Learning Scientists for students wanting to know what the science says about how to learn more effectively.
Today my recommendation is the YouTube channel of Thomas Frank. Frank makes “videos that help you be more productive – whether you’re in high school, college, university, or the real world. That includes study tips to help you learn faster and ace your exams, advice on destroying procrastination, reading and note-taking strategies, and more.”
His is a popular channel (1.2 million followers) and he has been helping students be better students for a while now (5 years).
His videos are slick with the appropriate level of detail (i.e. not too superficial) and easy to watch. He has dreamy green eyes.
If you are interested in honing your ability to study and learn, consider giving Thomas a look.
Here is a sample of Frank talking about tips for tackling procrastination: