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Published: 23 November 2020

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Reddit advertises itself as the ‘front page of the internet’. If you’re not familiar with it already, it’s a huge site that lets users share information, photos, videos, memes, news and much more.

Although it can be a great place to waste some of your precious free time, today we want to talk about how you can use Reddit to help you with your studies.

What is it?

The site is one of the largest websites on the internet, with an average of 11 million daily active users.

It’s basically a kind of social media, though if you’re used to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you might need to take some time to understand how it works.

The site is broken up into groups called subreddits. These are communities of users that visit the subreddit to talk about a particular topic.

Right now, there are around 138,00 subreddits, featuring topics as diverse as politics, gaming, science, cats, baking and so much more.

A subreddit is marked by the ‘r/’ tag. For example, r/cats takes you to lots of pictures of kitties doing adorable things.

Popular subreddits include: r/funny, r/awwr/science and r/worldnews.

How can this help with my studies?

Having such a huge number of users and the ability to create subreddits on any topic you want, it’s inevitable that more than a few people have made them for university students.

Some of the most visited are:

r/UniUK

This is Reddit’s home for people studying in UK universities. It’s a great place to ask questions, speak to other students or just look at memes about life in higher education.

r/UKFrugal

Although studying in London can be expensive, there are plenty of ways of saving money. R/UKFrugal is filled with top tips on making your cash go further from meal prepping to budgeting recommendations

r/GetStudying

We all need a little motivation sometimes, even if you love the subject you’re studying with us. This subreddit has loads of inspirational posts and advice for pushing past the procrastination and reaching your study goals.

R/CookingforBeginners

Studying is fuelled by good, healthy food. But not everyone can claim to be a world-class chef. If you want to learn to cook delicious brain food, check this subreddit out. Users post pics of their cooking attempts and include the recipes for you to follow along with.

R/ExplainLikeImFive

Sometimes it’s important to admit you don’t know something. It’s also ok to say when an explanation is too confusing. R/ExplainLikeImFive lets people ask questions like, ‘why do we fall asleep watching tv?’ and ‘why are lemons bitter?’ and encourages others to give you the most basic, easy to understand answer possible.

There are absolutely loads of subreddits to explore. Try looking for your course in the search bar at the top of Reddit and you’re likely to find more than a few pages dedicated to your specific topic.

Do you have a useful subreddit you use for your studies? We’d love to hear about it. Share your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn using #WeAreSunLon.

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