Turns out sometimes TikTok is good! Who knew? 16-year-old Alexis Loveraz, a high school student from the Bronx, NY, decided he'd help out his friends by using his TikTok to concisely explain math and science concepts they were learning in school.
Kids loved it, and Alexis' TikTok presence soared practically overnight. He now has over 664,000 followers and his videos each get tens of thousands of views. Now known as the "TikTok Tutor," Alexis is one young person using TikTok for good.
Like many high school students, Alexis is studying for the SAT and taking tough classes. So, back in February, he decided to try to connect with fellow students and help out anyone who might be struggling or might just need some extra support.
Alexis' mini lessons cover a large range of topics, from algebra to geometry to trigonometry to chemistry and physics. He's even thrown in a few Korean language lessons, too.
What makes Alexis so qualified to help out his high school friends? Well, according to Bored Panda, he's got a 4.0 GPA at Harlem Prep High School. Not to mention, you can just tell that he knows what he's talking about.
I haven't taken a math class in a lot of years, and the simple way Alexis explains tough concepts has me thinking I could ace the SAT math section. (OK, not really, I was never – at any point — good enough at math to ace the math section of the SAT. But you get what I'm saying.)
Alexis lets people vote on the topics they want him to cover, and Alexis seems undaunted by covering a huge range of subjects. He's similarly skilled at explaining chemistry concepts and geometry problems, for example.
Alexis may have been surprised about how popular his account became, but it's been especially useful for kids who are sheltering in place and unable to get in-person lessons from teachers at school. Having these extra videos to refer back to is actually helping kids everywhere learn the concepts better, especially since they can watch them over and over again.
And when I say "kids everywhere," I mean everywhere. Alexis has fans all over the world, from the U.S. to Australia to the Philippines.
It's not every day you hear about a kid with a TikTok account that brings pride and joy to his parents. But Alexis is using the platform to do the most good he can, and that is extremely admirable.
Since Alexis' TikTok Tutor sessions went viral, he's expanded to other platforms. You can now join him on YouTube, Discord, and Google Classrooms. With those, he can do longer, deeper dives into topics he can't tackle with short TikTok videos.
He also started hosting interactive live sessions for 3 hours every weekend — basically huge, virtual study groups. While it was a coincidence that Alexis started his virtual school lessons right before the country shut down, it turns out he showed up at exactly the right time to help kids who needed it.