Have you ever felt like saying ‘I wish someone had told me that!’ while in college? Whether it’s finding out about what courses to take, which professors to stay away from, or how you could make some cash off of your school work, here are five websites that college students can use to their advantage.
Looking to reap the benefits of actually going to class--beyond the obvious good grade? Sharenotes.com, lets students sell their notes to slackers who didn’t make it to class. Students can also buy study guides and written reports. The site takes a 10% cut of the sale and users can evaluate and rate course materials to see if they were helpful as well as earn reward points for downloading, posting, or selling notes.
With Course Hero, students have access to a plethora of virtual resources including a library of more than seven million study materials, expert tutors available around the clock and online study groups.
“We know that students can use any site out there to get the information they need to pass a test, but we have built Course Hero to help students go above and beyond just performance-focused learning and achieve mastery of the material,” says CEO Andrew Grauer.
Course Hero’s online community provides students who may be more reluctant to ask for help in a class setting with an outlet to ask questions through live chat.
Originally started in 2001, Whototake.com shut down a few years later and was reintroduced with a new look and database in 2009. On the site students can evaluate their professors with a letter grade-based scale and all of the grades submitted are averaged into an overall rating shown in the top right corner of a professor’s profile. Along with anonymous reviews from former students, users can find out who is the best and worst professor to take for organic chemistry, art history, you name it….
Students can buy and sell class notes, used books, study materials, and rank their courses on Peanutheads.com. Users can also earn “FairMiles”, by interacting on the site (inviting friends, selling notes, etc..) that can be exchanged to buy iTunes and Amazon gift cards.
“Students not only can make money off the site but we reward positive, efficient behavior as well, which definitely differentiates us from other sites,” says Peanutheads CEO Bojan Ridjosic.
The site is still expanding (available mostly in California and Canadian universities), but students can request to have Peanutheads.com at their school.
Ever sign up for a class that was supposed to a breeze only to find it dominating your entire study schedule? Gradeabase.com lets users find out a course’s level of difficulty based on grades other students received as well as how much effort they really put into it. Besides finding out about classes, students can also see how well they did in a course compared to the rest of the class after the final grades have been submitted.
Between classes, projects, exams and not to mention having a social life, college life can be stressful. Here are five websites that help students find the best professors, study materials and make a little extra cash.