Sunday, 18 October 2015

Hay Levels!

Hello readers, and happy Sunday! I must apologise for not being very active recently- university is much busier and a lot more work than what I thought it would be! But anyway, today I wanted to talk to you all about a really exciting project...

Hay Levels (from Education at Hay Festival) are stimulating, snappy videos from inspirational and professional people- giving you insight into topics you may be studying for your A-Levels. Hay Levels covers numerous subjects- from Economics and Law to English Literature and Sociology- you are sure to find the subject and topic you are looking for. Hay Levels has been described as a #lightbulbmoment... And I can see why.

A few weeks ago, Hay Festival unveiled the second series of Hay Levels: an inspiring, free series of educational videos starring thought leaders from a range of disciplines, to stimulate students preparing for A Levels with a bank of educational resources.

Peter Florence, director of Hay Festival, said: “Hay Festival continues to bring some of the best thinkers to audiences all over the world, developing an ever-growing community who enjoy engaging with ideas and each other. We wanted to share this opportunity with even more people. Hay Levels is the result. We hope they will be widely used and shared and are deeply grateful to these fabulous academics that have supported us so far.”

Dr David Landsman OBE, Executive Director of the Tata group, said: “Hay Levels is a really inspired way to spice up exam revision. Congratulations to Marcus du Sautoy and the Hay team. Partnering on the Hay Levels fits well with Tata’s commitment to making a difference in education and training beyond our factory gates and office doors. We enjoyed contributing and watching the films.  We hope students do too - and that their revision is genuinely invigorated.”


Highlights from the first series of Hay Levels include: Sarah Churchwell on Gatsby; David Crystal on Pragmatics; Marcus du Sautoy on Triginometry and Logarithms; Richard Dawkins on Irreducible Complexity; Gabrielle Walker on Climate Change; Oscar Guardiola Riveira on Globalisation; and Shahidha Bari on Wordsworth and Coleridge.

If I had discovered these before my A-Levels I would have been a lot better off- there is just the right amount of detail in these videos to bump up your essays to the next grade, and impress your teachers and the exam board (which is the main thing after all). There are so many different topics and the videos are entertaining as well- which is helpful as well because it avoids the head bashing on your laptop when you fall asleep- lol. 

But in all seriousness, this is a really great project put together by Hay (the coolest literary festival in my opinion) and the people who narrate these videos are lecturers, professors and fellows- people who are not only outstanding in their field but passionate but what they teach. So altogether, you know you are getting a really comprehensive and well-rounded overview of the topic you are learning. 



I will be posting some reviews of the Hay Levels clips in the next month or so, so keep an eye out for that! 

Check out the website here: https://www.hayfestival.com/wales/haylevels.aspx

Check out the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/HayLevels

Until next time :)