This is a post in our 2009 Back to School series. You can see all of the posts here.

More and more of our college lives are morphing from hardcopies to online forms and notifications. This is true for scheduling and everything else that comes from the university through email. Also we’re talking and socializing online more and more everyday. Why not study online as well?

Sites like StudyBlue and CourseHero are taking course notes and studying online. These sites bring students who are taking the same classes together and allowing them to upload notes, notecards and share them in a social networking atmosphere.

CourseHero is one of the most widely known online study networks. This site has a lot of material, mostly because, out of a requirement for membership, students must upload a number of documents to get unlimited access to their library of notes, lectures, etc. If you don’t have as many or as motivated to upload as many documents as the site requires you can also pay for as much time as your bank account can handle.

The sites document increments are pretty hefty go as follows: 40 documents for one month, 80 documents for three months, 160 documents for six months, and 400 documents for a year. If you want to forgo uploading your class presentations and such, you’ll wind up paying 29.95 for a month, 19.95 a month for three and 6.95 a month for a year. I don’t advise anyone to go for an unlimited pass to study for one test. If this is your method of studying, having these documents on hand seem like its really worth it but otherwise it’s kind of a waste of time and/or money.

Study Blue takes a personal approach that’s a lot more developed. While CourseHero focuses on getting as much material as they can online, StudyBlue works on the act of studying. You don’t have to contribute to the site to be granted access to public documents, but there are also less documents total because of that.

iPhone and iPod touch applications are available for students who pay for the premium version of StudyBlue. The premium version also strips the ads, helps you create a study regimen and allows you to print other users documents that are public. The cost of the premium package is 9.95 a month and 59.95 for a year. I feel like this deal has more to offer outside the realm of study material. Also, what it lacks in it’s volume of notes it makes up for in its cheaper price and extra features.

Have you every used these sites? Does study online help you more than regular studying would? Comment below to share!

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