A university maths student from Bury has amassed more than 100,000 followers on social media platform TikTok with his study and revision videos.

Harry Surplus, from Bury started making TikTok videos when coronavirus restrictions were in place but only started making his maths teacher videos in October 2021.

The 19-year-old is currently in his second year at the University of Manchester where he is studying mathematics however, he mentioned that the subject hasn’t always been his favourite subject.

He said: “Surprisingly, maths wasn't a favourite subject of mine during my early high school years.

“I was once told in school that I didn't deserve a certain grade in a test, and that another student did.

"That spurred me on to do even better.

“My love and interest for the subject arrived when I moved classes to a new teacher.

"The way she taught the subject, engaged the students and her subject knowledge completely inspired me.

“I started to work ahead of the class at home, I was excited to go to maths class. I managed to move all the way up to 'top set' maths and achieved a grade nine at GCSE.

“I think it all came from there really and since then I've always wanted to teach maths.”

Harry attended Unsworth Academy (formally Castlebrook High School) and then studied A Level Maths, Further Maths and Theatre Studies at Holy Cross College.

He added: “I can relate to students that also struggle - as I've been in their shoes. I think that is what makes me so passionate.

“I know that with hard work, a positive mindset and determination everyone can succeed in maths.”

When Harry first started making his TikTok videos he never expected them to go viral as he was doing them just for fun.

However, he said that he thinks they do go viral because he is actually teaching maths which many people don’t actually realise.

So, students are learning maths whilst scrolling on TikTok instead of revising.

The second video Harry made was for GCSE Maths and that was the first one to go viral.

@harrysurplus I took so long it cut me off #maths #teacher #gcsemaths #pov #viral #school #ukschool #fyp #foryou ♬ original sound - Harry Surplus

He said: “The video quickly reached over one million views and gained so much attention. It was an overnight thing really!

“Over 12,000 comments came in from students saying they had learnt more from these videos than they ever have in school!

“I think it's amazing and I am so proud to be able to help so many students. I am so pleased that I can share my enthusiasm for the subject, and that students feel my passion through the videos.”

Along with his teacher-style videos, he does live videos where he goes through GCSE and A Level past papers and thousands of students regularly join them where they can learn and ask questions.

Harry hopes to one day become a teacher and is starting a teaching internship soon.

He said: “I've always wanted to be a teacher, ever since being young!

“But it wasn't until I started to enjoy maths that I knew I wanted to teach it. I tutor GCSE at the moment, and I love helping students do their best, it's great.”

One of his high school maths teachers has since messaged him to say how proud they were of him, and he keeps in touch with his high school form tutor, Mrs Hanmer who is also very proud.

He added: “I have so much fun making my teaching videos and to know they are benefiting thousands (sometimes millions of students!) is amazing.

“I receive comments and messages from students telling me they finally understand a topic, or that they have moved up to a top grade in maths because of my videos. That is fantastic and really quite overwhelming!

“I can't believe I have all these people following me and that they want to learn from me.

“I do have to say that I play just a small part in the students' achievement, and I thank them for watching and applaud them on their successes, as I know how amazing it is to finally understand, or to move up to the next grade.”