College students around the world have been benefiting from online note-sharing platforms. Uploading class notes is an easy side hustle for students who want to make some extra money. Downloading notes is a great way for students to catch up after missing a class, supplement coursework if they had trouble understanding the material, or optimize study time with prepared study guides.
OneClass and StudySoup are two major note-sharing platforms, each providing ways for students to share resources, learn from each other, and get better grades. To help you decide which academic platform to use this semester, let’s compare the features, reviews, and value of the two platforms.
Find out how OneClass and StudySoup are similar, and learn about the significant ways in which the platforms differ.
OneClass vs. StudySoup: Features
To help you with your class work, both OneClass and StudySoup offer online access to class notes, study guides, and an on-demand question platform. The combination of these three resources can be an effective way to get better grades. In fact, 90 percent of OneClass users have improved by at least one letter grade. Using these tools to get even one “A” can improve your GPA for the semester by 0.2 to 0.6 points, depending on your overall average.
However, a major difference between OneClass and StudySoup is the scale of the platforms. While OneClass has more than 2.2 million users, StudySoup’s user base is less than a quarter of that, at a half million plus.
Additionally, StudySoup places limitations on the classes for which notes can be shared. The platform specifies that shared materials must be from classes that have more than three exams and regular lectures. StudySoup also focuses on large classes with 50+ students. While materials for smaller class sizes are permitted, the compensation framework discourages students sharing these notes because the number of downloads can affect note-taker payment. Additionally, StudySoup note-takers are responsible for promoting their materials and encouraging classmates to download their shared notes.
In comparison, OneClass is an open marketplace where students can share notes and study guides for any class. The platform only requires that shared materials meet OneClass’ usage terms, including copyright requirements. OneClass note-takers don’t have to promote their materials in the same way as StudySoup because compensation isn’t tied to downloads. This open environment provides the freedom for students to share materials without stressing about potential earnings.
OneClass vs. StudySoup: Reputation and Reviews
Both OneClass and StudySoup have been recognized as leaders in the edutech field, and founders for each company have been named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list.
On the review site Glassdoor, where employees and note-takers have left reviews, OneClass ranked higher than StudySoup in all three categories.
At the time of this writing, 140 OneClass reviewers gave the platform 4.2 stars. In total, 82 percent would recommend OneClass to a friend, and 84 percent approve of the CEO. Comparatively, 170 StudySoup reviewers on Glassdoor gave the platform 3.6 stars overall. A total of 71 percent would recommend the business to a friend, and 79 percent approve of the CEO.
OneClass vs. StudySoup: Costs and Value
Let’s consider the direct cost of subscribing to each platform as well as the value of what you get with a subscription.
An annual OneClass subscription is 11% cheaper than StudySoup’s annual subscription.
For StudySoup users, rates are $133.87 per year or $32.81 per month. There’s also a semester plan that costs the same price as an annual plan. With OneClass, subscription rates are $119.76 annually, $59.94 for a three-month term, and $39.98 per month.
While the costs for the two platforms are similar in range, the value of what’s provided is significantly different.
With a StudySoup subscription, users get an allotment of site currency each month to spend on downloading online material. The monthly distribution of 150 Karma points can be spent to download class notes at 25 Karma points each and study guides at 50 Karma points each. That means, with a StudySoup subscription, you have monthly access to six sets of class notes or three study guides. When you run out of Karma points, you can then purchase currency to access additional materials.
In comparison, a OneClass subscription provides unlimited access to the platform’s online materials. In other words, students with an annual subscription are paying just $9.98 per month to have the freedom to access any shared materials that can help their grades.
OneClass and StudySoup have similarities as educational platforms. They both offer a similar set of services, including class notes, study guides, and an on-demand Q&A platform. Additionally, both have been recognized on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list.
However, the platforms do have significant differences.
For note-takers, compensation on OneClass isn’t linked to the rate that materials are downloaded. This means that note-takers don’t need to market their materials, nor do they need to limit their note-taking to larger classes that are more profitable.
For subscribers who want to download class materials, StudySoup’s subscriptions provide access to limited site currency that equates to monthly access of six sets of class notes or three study guides before needing to purchase more currency. On the other hand, OneClass subscribers have unlimited access to online materials.
Even as a OneClass annual subscription costs 11 percent less than StudySoup, it provides significantly greater value, allowing unlimited access to shared materials.
Learn more about how 2.2 million students are using OneClass to get better grades.
*As of October 2018
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