If you’re a fan of TikTok, you’ve probably seen lots of takes to the effect of “TikTok is harmful for society”. While there are instances in which people have used TikTok to do or say harmful things, the same can be said of all social media, and there’s no reason TikTok can’t also be used as a force for good in the world. Indeed, that’s a sentiment with which many educational TikTok content creators agree, so let’s take a look at 10 of the best educational TikTok accounts you can follow right now!
1. Biology with Olivia (@biologywitholivia)
Are you, or your kids, currently studying for GCSE or A level Biology? If so, then you need to follow Biology with Olivia. This content creator makes inventive, innovative videos teaching you all about the different concepts in Biology at GCSE or A level, and she does so through a mixture of songs, straightforward lessons, and to-camera monologues. As an additional revision tool, this is an indispensable channel, so it’s criminal that it doesn’t have more followers.
2. Miss English Teacher (@missenglishteacher)
What Olivia is to Biology, Miss English Teacher is to – you guessed it – English. She covers a range of topics and subjects to do with English classes, including the themes in major works like Macbeth and A Christmas Carol. Lest you think Miss English Teacher’s channel is a dry affair, though, think again. She’s funny, witty, and sharp, and your kids won’t get bored watching her content, so she makes an ideal companion for English revision and homework prep.
3. Maths with Miss Chang (@mathswithmisschang)
Maths is a subject with which a lot of kids struggle in school, which is what makes accounts like Maths with Miss Chang invaluable. This is a TikTok account where you’ll learn all about the different concepts that make up our modern understanding of mathematics. Miss Chang’s channel is more educationally-focused; a lot of her content revolves around drawing diagrams and solving sample mathematical questions, so if you want your kids to focus a little more, this is the ideal place.
4. Aquarium of the Pacific (@aquariumpacific)
If your kids are fans of marine biology (or, indeed, if you are), then Aquarium of the Pacific is a wonderful TikTok account to follow. Unlike the others we’ve featured on this list so far, this one isn’t focused on helping your kids pass an exam; rather, it simply aims to educate you about the wildlife and biology of the ocean. With the climate crisis becoming a more and more pressing issue with each day, TikTok accounts like this one are critical for getting the word out.
5. Physics Dude (@physicsdude)
Unfortunately, Physics Dude is a lot less active on TikTok than we’d like him to be, especially considering that his content is so creative and fun. He describes his approach in three simple words: “Jazz. Science. Vibes”. It’s hard to disagree with that assessment of his content. Physics Dude covers topics like ChatGPT, dark energy, and cold fusion with intelligence and wit, while also offering valuable analysis on some of the biggest scientific issues of our day.
6. Bill Nye (@billnye)
If you grew up in the US or had a particularly cosmopolitan household as a UK child, then you’ll probably know the appeal of Bill Nye, the Science Guy. Well, he’s got a TikTok account, and it’s just as delightful and addictive as you’d imagine it to be. Nye’s content isn’t always educational; sometimes, he’s just talking about his life, or promoting a new series he’s working on. Still, his channel offers plenty of nuggets of wisdom about everything from climate change to COVID-19.
7. Blondiebytes (@blondiebytes)
Many of the STEM fields are massively underpopulated when it comes to women or non-binary employees, and blondiebytes is out to redress that balance. She creates content themed around engineering and computer science, and although her account is less active than it should be given how talented she is, we’ll take what we can get. Her topic choices are pretty nerdy and in-depth, but she never loses the charm that makes her engaging to watch, even if you’re not interested in engineering (at first).
8. Michelle Chubb (@indigenous_baddie)
One of the best things about TikTok, and about social media in general, is its potential to educate others about viewpoints they may not otherwise have considered. That’s Michelle Chubb’s mission in life; she’s an Indigenous woman who wants to use her TikTok platform to inform others about what life is like for Indigenous people in the modern age. Her content is funny, educational, and righteously indignant in equal measure, so check her out if you want to learn something new.
9. Learn French (@studyfrench)
If you struggle with learning the French language, then, as the name implies, Learn French is where you need to start. This TikTok account is chock-full of tips and tricks to help you master this tricky language, and the man who runs it, Ed, is a force of personality. He’s also got a podcast, so if you want to take Learn French out with you after you’re done with TikTok, make sure to subscribe to it. New videos are uploaded frequently, too, so you’ll never run out of French content!
10. Dr. Julie Smith (@drjuliesmith)
Last but not least, we have Dr. Julie Smith’s channel, which is focused entirely around the concept of mental health. Dr. Smith’s content isn’t as humorous or irreverent as other channels; mental health is a serious topic, and Dr. Smith is a psychologist who wants to get us to approach this topic with the respect and analytical viewpoint it deserves. If you’ve ever struggled with your mental health, then you’re not alone, and Dr. Smith wants to help you realise that.