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  • Dr Paul Penn

The Psychology of Effective Studying now has a YouTube channel.

After much hard work, head scratching and extensive use of very creative profanity, I have joined the community of YouTube content creators. The YouTube channel for the Psychology Of Effective Studying is now live and already features numerous short videos for you to watch.

Over the last couple of months I've learned a lot about how to dress a background, set up lighting and cameras, use video editing software and negotiate the YouTube Creator's Studio. Unfortunately, I still haven't quite learned how to present a video without looking like I've been taken hostage! I'll get there .... IF you send one million pounds in unmarked bank notes to ...

The channel features short snippets of evidence-based advice on studying. I'm going to try and keep most of the videos under 5 minutes. You'll be glad to know that I will not be resorting to simple narrated PowerPoint slides to generate content for the channel. This means you will frequently have to endure watching me pulling funny faces as I a) struggle to look 'natural' b) forget what the heck I was going to say c) realise I've just said something daft, but have insufficient will to live remaining to re-shoot the clip ... AGAIN! You can also have a good laugh at how increasingly dishevelled I'm looking over the videos shot in April/May 2020 thanks to the pandemic induced lockdown preventing me from getting a haircut. Yes, I probably could have shaved, got a decent night's sleep and hidden the King-size bottle of vodka before filming some of the content, but ... Meh!

Over the coming weeks and months I will be adding much more content.

For now, I'd like to ask for your support. YouTube Channels need subscribers to grow. If you're interested in the channel and its content, please, please subscribe.

In case you're not a YouTube regular, subscribing takes one click of the red subscribe button next to my channel name, is completely free and doesn’t result in any spam or unsolicited E-mails being sent your way. Subscribing just means that my channel will appear in your list of subscribed content. YouTube will also see that you're interested in the channel (that's great for the channel's exposure) and might suggest other related content for you. By the way, if you haven't yet signed up for a YouTube account, but do have a Google account, you can use this to sign into YouTube.

It would also be really helpful to the growth of the channel if you do one or more of the following things (each of which literally takes a second or two to complete):

Like: If you like a video, hit the 'thumbs up' like button. I'm not telling you what to do if you don't like a video, but will say that it definitely doesn't involve clicking the 'thumbs down' button!

Share: If you know someone who might be interested in a video, please do click on the share button and then click on whatever method of sharing suits (e.g. copy the video link, post on Twitter, Facebook, send a smoke signal etc..).

Turn on notifications: If you want to be notified when new content is uploaded to my channel, just click on the notification bell.

Comment: Ok, this one might take a bit more than a couple of seconds so to help you out here are some phrases you can copy and paste into the comments section to save time.

"Clearly a work of genius"

"Presenter is gorgeous"

"Give him the Nobel Prize"

"Better than Pornhub"

Well, if you use that last one, bare in mind that people will be able to see your account name, but fortunately not your internet search history, next to the comment!

I know all of the above might sound totally insignificant, but it really does make a *big difference* in getting the channel some attention. It also means an awful lot to someone who is trying to produce content and get it noticed whilst holding down a full-time job ... not to mention being constantly vigilant for a wife who desperately wants to relieve them of their 'pandemic hair do'. She's around here somewhere, brandishing scissors, watching ... waiting ...

Thank you for reading this. I hope you enjoy the channel and its contents.

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