What happens when you give a generation of young creatives smartphones and access to the internet?
You get a viral content platform like TikTok.
If you don’t already know, TikTok is currently the fastest-growing app with over 800 million active users worldwide. Whether you’re lip syncing to the latest songs, tagging in on the challenges or just a lurker quietly browsing the “For You” page, there’s plenty on the app to keep you highly entertained and laughing in stitches.
What you may not know is that there are a host of TikTok accounts that are actually educational and productive. From fitness workouts to culinary adventures, here are some of the best TikTok accounts for you to explore.
#1. Get an extra hand with your school work
You’ll be surprised to know that there are many teachers and even students who use this platform to impart knowledge on specific topics to millions of viewers. From study tips to crazy fun experiments, these videos are helpful if you need an extra hand for your homework.
For general study tips and hacks from memory improvement to acing a last-minute paper, check out Daniel Stevens and DoodlesintheMembrane! While the latter leans more towards science and chemistry, they’re both equally helpful and creative to ease your learning process.
If you’re looking to brush up your English skills, Knox Study is something you’ll find extremely helpful for grammar, syntax, pronunciation and other linguistic tips! You can also improve your mathematics with Ludus and The Jax Tutor who make algebraic equations look surprisingly easy with tricks and shortcuts.
For a dose of educational fun, you can’t go wrong with Dr Karan Raj, a witty surgeon who answers bizarre medical questions as well as Phillip Cook, the embodiment of a “mad scientist” with his chemical experiments. You can count on these creative and funny professionals to make learning interesting!
#2. There’s just plenty of recipes to try
Did you know that the famous and buzzworthy “Dalgona Coffee” originated from TikTok? This homemade substitute for high-end lattes and mocha started as a trend and exploded all over the internet as 2020’s most viral beverage.
While the drink has been around for ages, you can thank TikTok’s young and talented cook Newt who turned it into a viral sensation. Not only that, he also makes short cooking compilations of other complex recipes such as apple fritters and shrimp scampi that you can easily replicate!
If you’re thinking of taking up a notch, check out cook and food advocate Joshua Weissman who does a lot more than whipping coffee. From replicating the famous ratatouille (yes, from the lovable Disney movie) to searing steak, his cooking videos are both instructional and oddly satisfying.
#3. Get in shape with all the challenges
You’ve probably seen more dancing on TikTok than you would on So You Think You Can Dance. Whether or not you like to bust a groove, dancing can be a great way to keep you active and fit. And TikTok just happens to be a gold mine for dance challenges.
While some of them have rather simple moves you can follow (Doja Cat’s Say So anyone?), there are several dance challenges that can give you a good sweat such as the #savagechallenge and #renegadechallenge.
Not only that, professional trainers are also using this platform to create home workouts you can do any time you want! Check out Blogilates for all things fitness ranging from pilates and targeted exercises to healthy eating. If you’re looking for a good HIIT (high-intensity interval training) or full-body workout, raise the bar with Amanda Amaral and Isaac Smith.
#4. You get to find inspirations easily
You’ll be surprised to know that TikTok can be a haven for inspiration. No matter your interests — be it art or music — there’s always something for everyone to enjoy.
For the illustration artists, check out emilypaintss and be inspired by her creative endeavours from acrylic and sketches to even pottery! Or if you’re into both music and art, Dedouze combines both musical talent with imaginative illustrations to create living art (literally).
If you’re an avid makeup user or perhaps you just find makeup tutorials oddly satisfying, be in awe by these makeup influencers’ skills or you can check out makeupbyrabe as well as arazytikmua for their crazy looks. Feeling bored out of your mind? Why not attempt to replicate these snazzy looks or get creative by coming up with your own style!
If none of these strike your fancy, looking for inspiration on TikTok is surprisingly easy. All you have to do is search for your desired content through the discovery channel by adding a hashtag (e.g. #drummer or #guitarist) and you’ll be on your way to combating creative blocks.
#5. It’s practically a barrel of laughs
Who are we kidding? TikTok’s humorous content is what many live for. From relatable sketches and cool video effects to silly cat videos, it’s easy to get sucked into all the amusing content. (PS: If you haven’t seen the viral cats “dancing” to Mr Sandman, you’re in for a treat.)
While you can forage for funny videos on TikTok through the “For You” page, there are several creative content creators who raise the bar. For instance, feedingthehungry and Chris Wilton makes creatively unconventional videos to keep you amused while Vindooly, the TikTok-er who hails from Down Under creates relatable parodies that will make you laugh till your stomach hurts.
These entertaining videos on TikTok can be a huge stress reliever. If you find yourself feeling blue, just go on your TikTok app and search for these accounts to turn your frown upside down!
With the internet being so accessible to many, the world is practically your oyster! While these fun apps can be entertaining and a good distraction to pass the time, know how to limit yourself so you don’t get pulled into the internet rabbit hole.