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OneClass vs. StuDocu: Which Is the Best Academic Platform for You?

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8 Jan 2019
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Online study resources are plentiful, which means there’s much to consider when deciding which platform to use. For example, note purchasers may be looking to access a large volume of high-quality materials, and notetakers may prioritize a platform that provides the most income potential. Yet, for most students, the best online note-sharing platform comes down to considering the total impact the tool can have on grades. Both OneClass and StuDocu are leading academic platforms that provide access to shared academic resources. Students based in the Netherlands may also know StuDocu as StudeerSnel. The platforms offer a similar set of crowdsourced learning materials, including study guides, lecture notes, exam solutions, homework help, and more. Each platform also offers Q&A tools for students to ask each other academic questions. OneClass named it Q&A app Solvit, and in addition to connecting you with a community of students, the app’s user base includes Certified Experts who provide quick responses and expert answers. Despite the similar type of resources offered by OneClass and StuDocu, there are striking differences between the two platforms. In the comparison below, we’ll look closely at these differences so you can understand where each platform excels and choose the best academic resource for your needs. Find out how OneClass and StuDocu compare.

OneClass vs. StuDocu: What Resources Are Available?

The vitality of an academic platform is a crucial factor when choosing which tool to use. The number of users, the number of documents, and relevance of the shared materials all factor into the strength of the platform’s knowledge base. Both OneClass and StuDocu have a similar sized user base. OneClass has 2.2 million users while StuDocu has 2.5 million users. As for shared academic resources, OneClass offers more than 1.7 million documents have been shared by classmates. When looking at the total page count, that’s more than 10 million individual pages of academic material. StuDocu also says that it offers access to “millions of documents.” Yet, the true value in crowdsourced academic materials is their academic relevance to your classes. When documents are shared by a classmate who sits a few rows away from you in class, the localized material can help you stay in step with the exact content that’s being explored in lectures rather than providing a one-size-fits-all approach. When considering the value of localized class materials, it’s helpful to choose a platform that has the strongest presence at your school. The number of students using OneClass and StuDocu tells us that both platforms have a wide reach. However, while StuDocu currently supports 11,280 universities, it may not have a strong presence at your school or a school near you. For example, within the 50 universities that StuDocu lists as its most popular, only about 12 percent are in the U.S.

OneClass vs. StuDocu: Which Can Help You Get Better Grades?

When considering how an academic platform can impact your grades, the quality of shared materials is an important consideration. To encourage students to share high-quality notes, both platforms offer incentive programs for notetakers. In fact, OneClass’ Elite Note Taker program triples the compensation for students who share detailed and high-quality materials. This significant incentive is valuable to note takers who want to earn more while simultaneously benefiting note buyers who want access to high-quality content. While we don’t know the impact that the StuDocu platform has had on its users’ grades, the high-quality materials shared on OneClass are so helpful that 90 percent of students who use OneClass improve by at least one letter grade. That’s a significant academic impact that can have a short-term result of keeping a scholarship or qualifying for an internship. In the long term, a higher GPA could mean greater earning potential after graduation. It’s not just the students who download notes that get an academic benefit; OneClass Notetakers have seen up to 3 grade point improvements on their transcripts. Students mention that being a notetaker helps them be study proactively for exams with improved focus during class and better comprehension as a result of summarizing lecture content.

OneClass vs. StuDocu: Which Is a Better Deal?

To help you determine whether OneClass or StuDocu is a better deal for you, let’s compare compensation for notetakers as well as subscription costs. For notetakers, both OneClass and StuDocu let you earn cash from uploading class materials, or you can use your uploads to get access to other site materials. With StuDocu, there are no clear figures on a notetaker’s cash compensation rates, as the amount is determined by a combination of factors including the demand from other students and the readability and content of your notes. On OneClass, students can typically earn between $75 and $470 per course for uploading materials. The higher levels of compensation are available to students in the OneClass Elite Note Taker program. That income can go a long way toward reducing college debt. For note buyers, an annual OneClass subscription costs only $9.98 per month, billed in one payment of $119.76. That’s about the same price as an annual Amazon Prime subscription, but the impact on your education may make a OneClass subscription a far more valuable investment. After all, even one “A” can improve your GPA for the semester by as much as 0.6 points. With StuDocu, a free membership provides access to a wide set of uploaded materials with a premium membership needed for full access to materials and the ability to download or print. The annual costs are between $41.88 and $53.88, depending on the plan you choose. This can be a good deal if the materials to help you get better grades are available on the platform. Otherwise, you could be wasting your money.

OneClass vs. StuDocu: Conclusion

When deciding between OneClass and StuDocu, the primary questions to consider are about the resources that each platform offers and their potential effect on grades. While we don’t have data on the academic impact of StuDocu, 90 percent of OneClass users report improving by at least one letter grade. The location of your school may also determine if OneClass or StuDocu has more relevant materials to your courses. OneClass provides a strong set of materials to support university students across the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. However, while StuDocu has a similar number of users, U.S. schools only account for 12 percent of StuDocu’s top 50 universities. For notetakers, both OneClass and StuDocu compensates students with either cash or access to other students’ class notes. Additionally, each platform offers incentives for notetakers who upload high-quality content. In fact, students enrolled in OneClass’ Elite Note Taker program can triple the compensation they receive for sharing lecture notes and study guides. * As of January 2019 Learn more about how OneClass can help you achieve academic success. image attribution: Elnur -


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