- TikTok’s most popular videos typically consist of choreography, skits, or memes, but a niche group of math influencers is going viral.
- The #algebra and #mathematics pages on TikTok have hundreds of millions of views.
- Math educators and students said it’s an exciting, fun, and helpful way of learning.
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Josh Martin, a junior at the State University of New York at Albany studying physics and math, has always known that math was a specialty of his. “I’d always been told that I kind of had a little bit of a gift for teaching, because I would be teaching people in my class,” he told Insider. So in 2018, as a college freshman, he started a YouTube channel to help his fellow students understand their math classes.
But in December 2019, he decided to try out TikTok, the new short-form video app that started booming last summer.
While a whiteboard filled with algebra equations isn’t the backdrop of a typical TikTok video, Martin soon found a huge audience on the app. His YouTube channel has 60,000 subscribers, but his TikTok currently boasts 336,000 followers and three million likes.
TikTok’s most popular videos consist of choreography, skits, or memes, but Martin is part of a niche group of math influencers that’s gained traction on the app. “I’ve been able to help millions of students and it’s just been crazy to see,” Martin said.
A niche group of TikTokers are filling the app with equations, personal finance, and SAT help.
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