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Will OneClass or StudyBlue Help Me Get Better Grades?

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2 Oct 2018
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Both OneClass and StudyBlue are leaders in tech-based learning platforms. However, they each have different strengths. Choosing the best solution for you depends on the way that you learn, the subject that you’re studying, and your academic goals. Let’s review the key differences between OneClass and Study Blue so you can decide which is the best digital tool to help you succeed in your college classes.

OneClass vs. StudyBlue: What’s Offered?

StudyBlue and OneClass are two very different learning apps. With StudyBlue, the focus is on creating sets of flashcards that can be used for exam studying. The platform also has searchable student-generated content called Homework Help, which can be a way to find answers to questions. On the other hand, OneClass provides a comprehensive learning tool. It starts with an online marketplace where you can access Class Notes that were produced and uploaded by other students at your school and in your class. Since grades are often weighted with a greater emphasis on material that’s covered in class, accessing the class notes from a fellow classmate can help you stay focused on the content that matters. Ways that buying class notes can help you learn:
    • Supplement your notes if you missed a class
    • Provide additional explanations of concepts you didn’t understand during class
    • Frees you up to pay better attention during class instead of writing
    • Helps you overcome a language barrier
Additionally, OneClass offers even more learning tools with Textbook Notes to help you comprehend reading assignments, Study Guides to help you prepare for exams, and Textbook Solutions, which provides answers to a textbook’s problems. OneClass also offers homework help through its partner app, Solvit. Similar to StudyBlue’s Homework Help tool, Solvit is a way to ask a question and get an answer on-demand. However, the two platforms respond to your questions differently. With StudyBlue, your questions are met with student-sourced, pre-existing content. With OneClass’ Solvit, your questions are instead answered with a customized solution that’s provided just for you by subject experts and other students.

OneClass vs. StudyBlue: Which Will Help My Grades?

The flashcard learning format of StudyBlue can be helpful in some learning situations; however, it’s better suited to certain types of studying such as memorization. Class material with complexity or broader concepts such as long-form mathematics, English composition, or in-depth science may not benefit from a flashcard structure when studying. StudyBlue noted this discrepancy among its users with a 2014 report. Of the top 10 degrees that use StudyBlue notecards the most, 40% are language studies. Comparatively, of the bottom 10 college majors that are using the fewest StudyBlue notecards, 70% are math and science students including majors in statistics, physics, health, and social sciences. At the time of this writing, StudyBlue has not published any data sharing the impact that its learning tools have on overall academic performance. Comparatively, OneClass’ platform provides a more comprehensive approach. From class notes to study guides, answers on demand, and more, students have seen a dramatic impact on their grades. In fact, more than 90% of OneClass users improved at least one letter grade.

OneClass vs. StudyBlue: How Much Does It Cost?

Both platforms treat the issue of cost differently, but there's also a vast difference in the value that users receive. Following a recent platform change, StudyBlue is now a free platform. Comparatively, OneClass costs $10+ per month, depending on the plan. OneClass rates for an unlimited subscription:
        • Annual: $9.98/month ($119.76 for the year)
        • Semester: $19.98/month ($59.94 for the term)
        • Monthly: $39.98/month
Despite the difference in costs between OneClass and StudyBlue, the impact that OneClass can make on your grades makes it a good value. When comparing OneClass’ rates to the average U.S. college tuition, which costs $22,432 annually, it seems like a very small price to pay for the academic advantages that the platform provides.

OneClass vs. StudyBlue: Conclusion

While OneClass and StudyBlue both provide tools that can help you learn, OneClass users have achieved significant success with more than 90% improving at least one letter grade. OneClass does have a fee, which is $10+ per month depending on your subscription plan. However, the value of OneClass can make the fee a worthy investment. Comparatively, StudyBlue’s flashcard tool can be helpful for memorization tasks such as when learning a language, but its studying advantages are limited. Learn more about how OneClass can help you get better grades with its comprehensive learning tools. * Prices and details as of September 2018 image attribution: Wayhome Studio - stock.adobe.com

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