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Free Chart Comparing Academic Platforms

As more online resources and platforms become available to help you do well in school, it becomes increasingly difficult to choose the best app. Which has the most valuable resources? How easy is it to use the app? How much does it cost to subscribe, and how much can you earn if you contribute?

To better understand what’s offered by popular learning apps, we previously put together a chart comparing five academic platforms. The feedback we received from students told us how helpful it was, so we’ve put together a sequel.

This second chart comparing academic platforms looks at an additional set of apps, identifying the ways that each app can help you learn. Rather than you doing the legwork on each website to understand what’s offered, we did the research for you.

Comparing Four More Learning Apps

Similar to the first comparison chart, this comparison chart compiles information about each academic platform so you can clearly see what’s offered. It goes point by point, identifying which platforms offer shared lecture notes, which platforms pay note-takers, and how much subscriptions cost.

Frequently, there are different sets of parameters for those who are subscribing and those who are sharing materials, so we clearly laid out the benefits for each activity. For example, what types of materials can be shared? How many documents can you access with a subscription?

In the free chart below, you can see the full comparison of OneClass, Quizlet, Koofers, Docsity, and StuDocu. Click through to see the full results and download the PDF for future reference.

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Download the FREE, printable PDF comparison chart of five popular academic platforms.

What Are the Benefits of Each Academic Platform?

Comparison charts provide a useful birds-eye view. However, the impact that these academic apps can have on your grades is often more nuanced than a chart can reveal.

To add context to the comparison chart, these four in-depth articles take a closer look at the factors that can help you understand which is the best learning tool for you. Learn more by reading these additional comparison articles:

OneClass vs. Quizlet: This comparison looks at two dramatically different tools for studying. Although Quizlet is widely used, its role as an online academic resource is different from the other apps we considered. Quizlet focuses on flashcards and other practice test scenarios, whereas OneClass provides a collaborative platform for sharing class notes and study guides.

OneClass vs. Koofers: Even though the types of materials provided by the two platforms are similar, the value may be different. Notably, interest in Koofers has been declining rapidly since 2014. While it remains popular at some colleges, many students are choosing to upload notes to a platform where they can earn cash or gift cards, rather than to Koofers for free. This has made platforms such as OneClass attractive to note-takers, and therefore a valuable resource for those looking to download notes.

OneClass vs. Docsity: Although OneClass and Docsity are similar in the type of materials that are shared, Docsity’s note-takers cannot earn cash, and subscribers don’t get unlimited platform access. An additional differentiator is the regions of activity. Docsity’s users are mainly from Italy, Spain, Latin America, and Brazil. Thus, if your school isn’t located there, the platform’s documents may only broadly apply to your classes rather than being the highly valuable documents that were shared by a classmate.

OneClass vs. StuDocu: When shared documents aren’t local, their value is similar to a textbook, providing general academic explanations rather than the details about what your professor talked about. StuDocu’s user base may not be geographically relevant to you. In fact, only 12 percent of its top 50 universities are in the United States. Additionally, even though both OneClass and StuDocu pay note-takers for uploading documents, StuDocu only purchases notes only from select schools for limited periods.

How Does OneClass Compare?

Your grades are important, and effective digital resources can help you study smarter. In particular, using learning platforms to do academic research and to help complete assignments are the two most valuable aspects of the apps, according to McGraw-Hill Education.

This research is in sync with how OneClass users are using digital tools to improve their grades. As a result of OneClass’ learning materials and on-demand homework help, 90 percent of the millions of OneClass users have improved by at least one letter grade.

Moreover, OneClass Elite Note Takers have found that uploading class materials is an easy way to earn money. A recent Reader’s Digest article shared how one University of California student earned $1,500 from uploading documents.

Learn more about OneClass to find out how it can help you get better grades now.

* As of February 2019

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