CrashCourse

[NOTE: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO WATCH THIS WHOLE VIDEO…. unless you really want to.]

I will not scream,  I will not cry, I will not rip out my hair because my history test is tomorrow. I’m not going to study till dawn, take a thousand coffee breaks, or lug my textbook around to all four of my classes.

“Why?” you might ask. “Everyone else is doing it.”

“Yeah,” I might reply. “But not everyone knows about CrashCourse.”

People, of course, should know about John Green. Renowned “Nerdfighter” and New York Times Bestselling Author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, etc., some people don’t know that John and his brother Hank (who teaches CrashCourse Biology, Ecology, and Chemistry) – aka, the Vlogbrothers – were given money as a part of YouTube’s $100 million original channel initiative, which they then used to start up CrashCourse: an educational YouTube channel aimed at teaching history, science (except Physics because no one likes Physics), and a smidget of Literature.

I was first introduce to CrashCourse when I had AP World History with Mr. Mough (now the assistant principal of my subschool). Not only did it help to summarize the lesson we had learned that day, but it also taught me how to use CrashCourse to ASSIST* me (which I am the worst at).

*CrashCourse, while helpful, should not be your go-to before a test nor should it be your ONLY means of studying. I typically integrate it with the classic “looking over the notes” technique (I don’t exactly take notes for AP US as of now but that’s why I have apstudynotes.org :D)

Nevertheless, CrashCourse DOES help. If you’re looking for a break from the textbook but aren’t looking for something as mind-numbing as Epic Rap Battles of History, look to John Green. For anyone who has taken AP World – knowing it covers some 10,000 years of history – memorization is challenging. Before my AP Exam I went on a CrashCourse binge. Come July, I screamed when I saw the “5” that was to be my score. And you know what I have to say to that?

Thanks John Green!

(and Hank)

UPDATE: I got a 71% on my test. Not too shabby considering I didn’t even read the last chapter.

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One thought on “CrashCourse

  1. This is a legitimately informative video, and now I know a bit more about the causes and effects of the seven year war (which conveniently lasted nine years as Green explains).

    I’m personally not a big fan of John Green as I feel he sometimes takes advantage of his audience’s inexperience with the world to spin ulterior motives (but then again so do a lot of teachers, myself included, so maybe I’m just jealous he’s a millionaire and I’m not…yet).

    Regardless, you’ve done an excellent job of diversifying your YouTube enjoyment portfolio.

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