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12 Feb 2019
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Online resources are having a major impact on how college students learn and how they study. In addition to the traditional resources such as textbooks, digital platforms are providing collaborative spaces for students to share class materials and knowledge with each other. Because of these social learning platforms, we’ve seen students be more efficient with their studying. They’re also getting better grades, and they're able to earn money from uploading class materials. OneClass and Docsity are two major online platforms where students can upload and download academic resources. However, there are significant differences between the two apps, making each better suited to different students. To help you choose the best platform for your studies, we’ll break down some of the major differences and discuss which students may benefit from each platform.

OneClass vs. Docsity: Study Resources

Both OneClass and Docsity provide a platform for students to share lecture notes, study guides, and other educational resources. However, many students find that materials are most useful when they’re shared by a classmate who could be sitting a few rows away. For example, when you’re studying for a midterm, a better study buddy is someone who’s in the same class as you, rather than a friend from high school who's attending school in a different state. Considering the importance of localized resources, we see that a significant distinguishing factor between OneClass and Docsity is the locations where each platform is most active. Docsity’s users are mainly from Italy, Spain, Latin America, and Brazil. This focus is a result of Docsity’s beginnings in Italy, and an acquisition of a similar platform in Spain called Patatabrava. Across its network, Docsity offers about two million documents. On the other hand, OneClass’ 10 million pages of study documents have been shared by students in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. The best platform for you may simply be determined by where you're attending college. While both platforms offer access to educational information, textbooks already provide a generic resource. Instead, accessing materials from a classmate makes it possible to review the lecture content from a teacher, helping you to better understand the explanations or catch up on a missed class. We don’t know the results of how Docsity users did in their classes. However, OneClass has had a major effect on student success. More than 90 percent of OneClass users have improved by at least one letter grade.

OneClass vs. Docsity: Note-taker Compensation

Note-taker compensation is central to comparing platforms because it affects the overall quality of a platform. When note-takers are rewarded for high-quality class notes and study guides, they get a direct benefit from their efforts, and their classmates benefit from having access to top-notch resources. Docsity relies upon the sharing model where note-takers earn site currency for their uploads, which they can use to download materials for other classes. Like Docsity, OneClass rewards note-takers with site currency. However, unlike Docsity, OneClass users can exchange site currency either for other online documents or for cash, making it an easy part-time job. OneClass also offers incentives for note-takers who share high-quality, detailed class materials. With OneClass’ Elite Note Taker program, students earn at three times the rate of other note-takers! A recent Readers Digest article profiled a OneClass user who’s attending University of California - Davis. She made $1,500 from uploading her lecture notes to OneClass, essentially being paid for something she was already doing.

OneClass vs. Docsity: Cost for Access

One way that OneClass and Docsity are similar is that they both offer subscription plans for students who want to access documents without uploading materials. However, the values of the subscriptions are different. In comparing the annual plans on each platform, a OneClass subscription costs $9.98 per month for unlimited access. With Docsity, the cost is $4.99 per month for 400 download points. Docsity’s rate is lower; however, the limitations on the number of documents mean that you could be left hanging when you need help the most. On Docsity, the cost to download a document ranges from about 20 points to 80 points, with the more popular documents costing more points. That means that each month, Docsity subscribers could access between five and 20 documents, meaning students could be paying as much as $1 per document. A OneClass subscription gives students unlimited access to the site’s class notes, study guides, and homework help answers. This means you can thoroughly prepare for each exam, review online notes for each lecture, and get unlimited homework help to improve your grades. Subscribers can even use their unlimited access to research classes they'd like to take next semester. With unlimited access, OneClass functions like “Netflix for notes,” giving students the freedom to explore content as if they were binge watching.


When comparing OneClass and Docsity, we see that OneClass has some distinct advantages for many students. OneClass note-takers can earn cash for their uploads, and there are incentive programs to reward students who share high-quality materials. Students who upload materials to Docsity are limited to using site currency to download other shared documents. OneClass subscribers have the advantage of unlimited access, providing free reign to access all available academic resources. Docsity subscriptions offer limited access, and if students are interested in popular materials, their subscription might only provide five documents per month. The location focus of the two platforms is also different, with OneClass users located in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Docsity users are located in Italy, Spain, Latin America, and Brazil. The founders of OneClass are leaders in the edutech field, being named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list as innovators who bring “access and opportunity” to education. The impact of OneClass on its users has been significant, with more than 90 percent of users improving by at least one letter grade. Learn more about OneClass to find out how you can get better grades now. Image attribution: Jacob Lund -


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