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OneClass vs. Quizlet: Which Learning App Is Right for Me?

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1 Feb 2019
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There's no shortage of apps and online tools that claim to help you get better grades. We became curious to explore what learning tools are offered, the ways apps can be most useful, and how much impact they can have on grades. OneClass and Quizlet are two major education apps, each providing a set of digital learning tools. Both platforms have helped millions of students study smarter. However, the apps serve dramatically different functions. Learn more about these differences to help you decide which is the best learning app for you or how you can use both apps simultaneously.

OneClass vs. Quizlet: Educational Features

Both OneClass and Quizlet are categorized as educational tools, but they each offer a different set of educational resources. At its core, Quizlet is a memorization tool. Its founder initially started it as a flash card app to help him study for an exam. Today, Quizlet is used by students and teachers, offering several study modes, including memorization games, practice exams, and even actual quizzes administered by a professor. On the other hand, OneClass' core function is as an online platform where college students can share their notes and study guides with each other. Started by students who wanted to help students prepare for exams in a more efficient way, the shared material on OneClass now helps all types of students to stay in step with what’s happening in their classroom and study smarter. Whether a student missed a lecture or didn’t understand a concept during class, OneClass’ digital tools can help. Rather than general content about a subject, you can find out exactly what happened in class so you can focus on the most relevant material. OneClass also offers additional study tools such as searchable Homework Help and an on-demand educational app called Solvit that uses a Q&A format. Because Quizlet and OneClass each offer different sets of tools, you may find that they fulfill different roles in your learning. Practice tests are important, but so too is what happens in class. In fact, what happens during lectures may be critical to a student’s success. Even in STEM classes, 82 percent of classroom interaction uses a lecture-based format. Instead of generic topic content, class notes help you to stay in step with your classmates. Downloading notes can even help some students to pay better attention during lectures because they don’t need to write everything down. With Quizlet, all users can create their own content, and depending upon your settings, this content could be available to all users without any compensation. On OneClass, students who upload resources can earn cash compensation. In addition, there’s an incentive for students to upload high-quality documents with the Elite Note Taker Program, which triples earnings.

OneClass vs. Quizlet: Subscriptions and Access

Just as OneClass and Quizlet offer two approaches to educational materials, they each have different models for subscription and access. OneClass users have two ways to access shared lecture notes and study guides for their classes. The most straightforward is to purchase an Unlimited Access Subscription, which costs as low as $9.98 per month for an annual subscription. This gives you the freedom to access all shared materials on the site. Students who are uploading notes can also use site currency to download other documents. For example, a student can share English Lit notes and use earned currency to download notes for a Statistics class. With Quizlet, anyone can sign up for free to get ad-supported usage. Students can upgrade to Quizlet Go for $11.99 per year to get ad-free studying, offline access, and a night theme. There’s also Quizlet Plus for $19.99 per year, which adds on functionality to upload images, record custom audio, and use advanced diagrams. Instructors can sign up for Quizlet Teacher at about $35.99 per year to track student progress, create custom study sets, and more. On top of these subscriptions, Quizlet sells access to Premium Content with a price for each set of materials. Cost can span $4.99 to $69.99, based on the Premium Content that’s currently highlighted. The creators of these learning tools include some teachers as well as textbook publishing companies and other digital education companies. A OneClass study found that 87 percent of students think that the biggest problem with college textbooks is that they're too expensive. Only time will tell if students are willing to spend additional money for general subject-based content that’s provided by textbook companies.

OneClass vs. Quizlet: Reputation and Impact

In comparing OneClass and Quizlet, we found that both OneClass and Quizlet have been recognized as leaders in the edutech field. The founders of each company have been named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, a notable achievement indicating the impact that both apps have had on the field of education. Although the tools have different educational roles, both sets of users have seen big grade impacts with more than 90 percent improving their grades. The difference between the platforms’ affect has to do with how much users’ grades improved. Quizlet reports that 95 percent of students have seen at least some grade improvement, without qualification whether users achieve a one-point improvement or one-letter improvement. With OneClass, more than 90 percent of users have improved by at least one letter grade. That significant improvement could be the main factor in keeping a scholarship, getting an internship, graduating on time, or impressing your parents.

OneClass vs. Quizlet: Conclusion

OneClass and Quizlet offer different sets of educational tools. Quizlet is primarily a platform for flashcards and learning games. On the other hand, OneClass’ focus is on lecture content, providing access to lecture notes and study guides that are shared by students who may be sitting a few rows away. Flashcards are typically most useful during memorization. For example, when we considered the flash card learning model of StudyBlue, the app had a high concentration of users studying foreign language, and usage rates for math and science students were in the bottom tier. Both OneClass and Quizlet offer affordable subscription access, especially when compared against the average college tuition rates of $10,230 to $35,830 per year. However, with the soaring cost of textbooks, college students may be less inclined to purchase Quizlet’s Premium Content with study guides created by textbook publishers and others. OneClass uses a peer-to-peer model. A subscription provides unlimited access to lecture notes and study guides. Your classmates who are uploading notes can receive cash compensation. This effectively means that they’re being paid to attend class. Learn more about how OneClass can help you achieve significant grade improvement with unlimited access to class materials. * As of January 2019 image attribution: SolisImages -


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