How TikTok videos can improve academic performance

By Kaitlyn Butler

Published Sep 20, 2021 at 08:24 AM

Reading time: 2 minutes

The majority of TikTok users are currently studying be that in high school or university. This makes TikTok a somewhat undeniable potential tool for enhancing education. Many of the app’s users have perfected the art of making their videos go viral, which is enough of an incentive for students who can simultaneously become more creative with their ways of learning. Although TikTok is meant for socialising, it also presents itself as a great tool for creating engaging educative content.

Improved attention for better academic performance

A large percentage of TikTok users are teens and, according to a study, they tend to spend about an hour a day on the platform. With its short video content, the app is the perfect tool to use when looking to keep someone watching several videos within a short time. Keeping that in mind, a teacher can use video creations tools to create short, customised lessons for their classroom and post them on TikTok for students to watch later on. Compared to sitting in a classroom for forty minutes, TikTok videos can help captivate a student’s attention and thus improve their performance.

The art of creativity

Many students post daily on TikTok, which usually means they have a large following on the app. It goes without saying that if a specific video’s content is considered boring, it will not get a lot of views or likes, but if it is found to be entertaining, then it will go viral in record time. When aiming to create a viral video, TikTok users push their creative boundaries in order to come up with something viral-worthy.

Some students combine several trends into one while others find inspiration in their surrounding environment. This level of creativity helps their cognitive ability, which is crucial when looking to improve performance. In that sense, TikTok helps students learn better by opening up new possibilities and alternative sources for gaining knowledge. Teachers can also give their students assignments to conduct or post on the platform, and although they cannot check for plagiarism on TikTok, they can check a paper for plagiarism on EduBirdie to help them submit an original paper. They can also order academic papers on the same website and receive high-quality work in no time.

Participatory learning to enhance performance

Students who actively participate in a lesson are likely to perform better than those who learn passively. That being said, those who are active tend to ask questions, interrupt the teacher, comment on lessons, and so on. This kind of environment might not be easy to deal with in a physical classroom. When a short lesson is posted on TikTok however, students can post comments, criticise, and raise their thoughts online, which are good ways for promoting healthy learning. Their teacher can then answer comments and gain further ideas on how to improve their teaching experience.

Creating an entire class or school platform

Teachers could go as far as to create one TikTok account that brings an entire school, classroom, or several schools together. The account could then be used to brainstorm ideas, discuss classroom topics, subjects, or general academic issues. This would allow students on the platform to make suggestions freely, give answers to questions and help their fellow students learn.

Working on short projects

Teachers need to keep innovating on better ways of teaching and giving class assignments. One of these ways could be to give a short class project that helps assess what the students have been learning. To encourage creativity, improve memory and intelligence, the teacher could ask students to get in groups and create a TikTok video about a specific topic. Art-related subjects would be perfect for this type of class project. All students would write a script together and then a few students would direct the video. Another group of students would then edit the video and submit it to TikTok. The students would have each gained the skills necessary for working together in producing the final result. 

Improvement of academic performance can be attained through enhancing skills that help improve memory, learning new things, help in practical learning, and learning in multiple ways. All these strategies can be achieved through the use of TikTok. The videos posted on the platform can be used to share new lessons, give assignments, produce class projects and even discussion groups. Most TikTok users are teenagers, which means teachers can easily tap into their potential and help them perform better academically with the help of the beloved app.

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