- Hazel Schering
- BBC News
End-of-year exams are approaching, the reference stickers are gone, previous papers are available on screens and multiplication tables are hanging on the walls.
For Yahya Moghrebel, 22, who is studying trade and marketing at the University of Surrey, the pressure is twofold.
Of course, Moghrebel completes assignments on time, but he also helps 469,000 TikTok users excitedly complete class assignments.
And for a few times a week, after attending his lessons in the university halls, he installs his cell phone on his desk in the bedroom, and opens the camera to broadcast live that he is studying the lessons.
There is nothing extraordinary in this broadcast, none of the dances – for which the application is known to show – no funny situations, not even someone talking to a magnate while working.
He even focuses his eyes on the screen and plays the soft music that usually accompanies his keyboard beats, when he looks down quickly.
“People just love to see me study,” says Yahya Mogharbel. “They study with me at the same time and feel less alone.”
Yehia, who grew up in London, knows how it feels. Yahya began filming his daily routine through the Tik Tok app a year ago, after a girl he loved told him she “did not see our lives together looking like a real idea.”
“It motivated me to create this kind of content to show her and others that living alone requires a lot of behind-the-scenes work that people usually do not see,” Yahya continued.
He added: “As an idealistic person who spends a lot of time on assignments, I hope filming will make me more productive.”
And it was the study videos that went really viral, and he quickly gained between 2,000 and 3,000 followers with each new broadcast.
Yahya Mogharbel says: “Initially, the main reason for doing these videos for me was to keep a responsible person and keep them on track to get my work done. Once I saw people use it and find it useful, it means that we are in front of a win-win situation. ”
And Yahya sends notices to his followers before the broadcast, which he says is mostly in the evening, and the time it will take to complete his lesson, and he said, “I once did a six-hour broadcast in the evening to six o’clock in the morning the broadcast was only 12 hours because I had a deadline for an assignment. The next day “.
More than 4,000 miles from Surrey, in St. Louis. Louis, Missouri, reports 24-year-old Casey Keith to Yahya Mogharbel twice a week to help her study for her medical degree.
She came across the videos as she browsed through the TikTok application, while – in her words – “trying to do nothing”.
The personal classrooms she usually goes to with her friends have closed due to COVID-19 and she has developed a habit of procrastinating while learning from home.
Yahya’s videos appeared in front of her, prompting the blackboard on his desk to stop wasting time watching Tik Tok videos, jogging, and studying with him.
“I said OK let’s try it,” she says, “I just started studying because the book was open right in front of me.”
Soon Yahya became her usual virtual study companion.
“It’s great to have someone nearby to help motivate you,” Casey adds.
She continued, “I think one of the most important things that is best for me is that I can not talk to him now, I can not go back to him and say ‘I do not want to do this anymore, I can just want to eat dinner and go to sleep. “
And she added, “Sometimes it can get difficult and sometimes I’m ready to stop studying, but just seeing Yahya inspires me to keep going.”
Dr. Lee Ann Berryman, Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, says stepping alone “can lead to procrastination and a lack of motivation”, while a peer can offer a “low level of distraction”.
“Before the pandemic, it was common for people to study in a library, tacitly with others, or in a coffee shop – and acquired this low level of distraction. The pandemic made it impossible for many people,” she says.
She also said: “These types of live broadcasts and videos offer an accessible and secure alternative, and it seems that the habits that started in the pandemic have continued now that face-to-face interaction is more possible.”
Yahya studies using the Pomodoro technique, which involves working for a certain amount of time and then taking a break (in his case 10 minutes).
During the break, Yahya gets much-needed cups of coffee and takes bathroom breaks, but he also talks to his followers and answers questions in the comments about everything from the snacks he eats to where he buys his study equipment. And there are questions about the bear, Herbert, that can sometimes be seen on his bed.
And for Claire Cashman, a 25-year-old law student in the UK, these breaks make all the difference.
Claire, like Casey, wandered “aimlessly” on Tik Tok until she was attracted to the music by his videos.
“I have a great love for classical music and dozens of movies,” says Claire. “I think there were two cellos playing at the time and that’s what got me hooked.”
She added: “The simple environment, lighting and atmosphere of the whole study made me want to pause until he spoke to the viewers. I have rarely missed them since.”
Yahya channel started as a way to impress a girl he loves and improve productivity. He may not have reached the first goal, but he has already succeeded in the second goal.
Yehia now finds herself surrounded by an online community and is more able to focus.
He’s nearing the end of his course, but hopes to earn a master’s degree, which means more online study sessions: “It’s so energetic to see someone else join you and work with you.”