What Is OneClass?

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff
Published on: Nov 30, 2017

With a community of more than 2.2 million university students, OneClass provides access to up-to-date documents like lecture notes, textbook summaries, video tutorials, and exam study guides from the best students in your class, which could help you achieve better grades in less time.

In fact, the website reports that 90 percent of all students who use their service improve their grade by at least one letter.

OneClass’ system is credit-based—students earn credits by contributing their own self-created documents, which can then be redeemed to unlock notes and other study materials, join contests, purchase gift cards to many popular retailers, and even for cash. To date, the company claims to have rewarded students with more than $500K.

This all sounds simple and straightforward, but is OneClass really the best source for notes and study guides? Is it legal? Will you have to complete a ton of notes for just a few credits?

In this article, we’ll explore—and help you find answers to—all of your important questions.

Is OneClass Legit? How It Works

According to their homepage, OneClass currently boasts more than 500,000 documents, which can be filtered by:

  • Country (U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand)
  • School
  • Course code
  • Document type (lecture notes, textbook notes, exam study guides)
  • Semester (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)
  • Professor

A search bar at the top also allows you to manually enter a course code or keyword.

OneClass Home PageFrom the home page, users can filter or search among OneClass’ database of more than 500,000 pieces of content. Image credit: Notesolution, Inc.

On the right-hand side of the screen, you can also go directly to the Study Resources, Video Tutorials, Homework Help, Textbook Solutions, and Scholarships sections of the site.

After filtering or searching, users can click on any relevant results, which will redirect to a page where the document can be previewed, including details about who uploaded it, the semester, professor, and a short description. Here, you’ll also find related documents (if any).

If you want to unlock the document, you’ll have to sign up for an account by entering your email address (note: you must have a .edu email address in order to qualify), choosing a password, and then entering your first name and the school you attend. Then, you can either redeem credits or gain access by paying for an unlimited account.

According to their website, OneClass is a completely legitimate service that utilizes a “rigorous system to evaluate each set of notes that is uploaded to the platform.” Also, the community can flag documents they deem unrelated or irrelevant, while an internal audit team checks all documents on a daily basis.

However, they cannot accept:

“(1) copyright documents created by professors or instructors, including but not limited to: PowerPoint slides, assignment questions, past exams, textbooks, e-textbooks, published articles, journals; (2) homework, labs, assignments, essays; (3) duplicate documents; (4) single page documents with little or no information; (5) one full set of notes separated into multiple documents in order to gain additional credits.”

How Do You Become a OneClass Note Taker?

There aren’t a whole lot of specifics provided on the site regarding what it takes to become a OneClass Note Taker, although they emphasize that you’ll need to be neat, organized, and enrolled as a student, as well as motivated to help others in your school and upload notes weekly.

At the time of our research, the company was only accepting Note Takers for the Winter 2018 term—a little less than a year away. Keep this in mind if you’re looking to sign up and start earning money immediately.

For each approved uploaded document, Note Takers will earn 25 credits. Eventually, you can achieve the opportunity to be classified as an Elite Note Taker, which increases the per-document credits to 75.

OneClass notes that “we also have additional opportunities for Elite Note Takers to get paid more for what they do, and we will contact individuals personally for these opportunities.” We reached out to the company for additional details but hadn’t yet received a response at the time of publishing.

Similar to students who download notes, OneClass emphasizes that 68 percent of their Note Takers “have also seen a significant improvement in their grades after becoming a note taker – some as much as three grade points.”

How Much Does OneClass Cost?

OneClass is free to join. In addition to uploading documents, members can earn 500 credits if a friend upgrades their account, 100 credits if they become an Elite Note Taker, and 25 credits for earning badges.

At the time of our research, one document unlock was 300 credits, five unlocks was 750, and 10 unlocks was 1,000. Additionally, $10 gift cards to retailers like Sephora, Chipotle, Paypal, Google Play, Walmart, iTunes, Target, Visa, Starbucks, and Amazon were 1,200 credits each.

OneClass also offers paid memberships, which provide unlimited access (including direct downloads to your desktop) and are automatically renewed:

  • Monthly: $39.98
  • Semester $59.94
  • Yearly: $95.76

According to the site’s terms, all payments and credits are nonreturnable and nonrefundable. However, members will continue having access to the site through the end of their billing period after requesting cancellation.

In order to request a refund, you’ll need to reach out to customer support through the site’s contact form or send an email to info@oneclass.com.

Are There Any OneClass Customer Reviews?

Although OneClass has been in business since 2010, we didn’t encounter a whole lot of online customer feedback for the service during our research.

When answering the question ‘is OneClass worth it,’ some Redditors felt the notes helped them pass a class or improve their grades, while others indicated students could obtain similar notes for free by joining study groups. And while none reported that they got rich from being a Note Taker, many felt it was a good way to earn extra spending money.

Outside of this, TechGeek.com.au felt OneClass inadvertently helps slackers take the easy way out. They also reported that the company’s spammy approach to Facebook advertising was less than stellar.

From a company perspective, Notesolution, Inc. is based out of Toronto, ON and was co-founded by CEO Jack Tai, COO Kevin Wu, Chief of International Jackey Li, and Maggie Peng, Chief Design Officer.

Are There Other Ways to Obtain Online College Notes Like OneClass?

While we didn’t encounter any other identical sites like OneClass, perhaps the most similar was StudySoup, which also distinguishes between regular and Elite Note Takers, who can earn up to $450 and receive payment via direct deposit or PayPal.

Nexus Notes offers many of the same materials for Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand, and U.S. students, while note takers only earn a 50 percent commission once their notes sell. Payments are made directly through PayPal.

The company says they “review uploaders’ notes and academic transcripts to ensure our notes are written by students who receive HDs and Ds only.” If customers aren’t satisfied, they’re backed by a 100 percent money back guarantee.

ClassFeed.ca also offers access to lecture, tutorial, midterm, and finals notes and offers a satisfaction guarantee, although they only support Canadian universities. Uploaders are also only paid once a sale is made and will earn $2-$9 each time, depending on whether they’re Class, Tutorial, Midterm, or Finals notes.

Other popular search options include:

  • StudyBlue – Provides unlimited access to 400 million pieces of content, including those for high school and college. Uploaders can earn credit by sharing their content, while a membership costs $7-$19 per month.
  • ULoop – Offers free access to hundreds of thousands of documents, which can be rated by other users.
  • StuDocu – Provides access to documents and books and offers free (uploaders can earn the ability to access Premium documents after contributing to a community), or paid memberships. A commission is only earned when someone purchases your notes.
  • KarmaNotes – This is a free service, although their database only contained 5,100+ notes at the time of our research.

Our Final Thoughts About OneClass

Which of these is right for you? Despite all of the information we’ve covered here, if you’re looking to download university notes, we think the most appropriate option largely boils down to two questions: Do they provide documents for your specific class? Do you have the funds to pay?

If you’re looking to upload documents, there are a couple more questions you’ll want to keep in mind: Do you want to get paid as soon as you upload, or only when someone purchases your notes? Do you prefer to get paid directly, or through alternatives like gift cards? Do you want to earn cash or credits?

Speaking of which, since OneClass was the only credit-based option we encountered, we thought it would be helpful to quickly point out that, as a beginning Note Taker, you’d have to upload 48 documents before earning enough credits for a $10 gift card (1,200 / 25)—or, a little less than $0.21 per document.

Even once you reach Elite status, this only increases to about $0.63 per document, so you’ll have to decide if it’s worth the time and effort.

Pro tip: While OneClass emphasizes that their service is legal and legit, the Penny Hoarder recommends checking with your “school’s honor code — which addressed important issues like plagiarism and cheating,” before uploading notes.

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Another important factor to consider is that OneClass is the only top paid online college notes site that doesn’t offer a refund on paid memberships. As such, you might want to start by signing up on a month-to-month basis and upgrading from there if you find their documents useful.

In the meantime, we reached out to the company to learn more about how they verify the accuracy of uploaded notes, how they if verify their notes are uploaded by “top university students” (i.e., do they verify grades?), as well as a general idea of the “additional opportunities” potentially available to Elite Note Takers.

Be sure to bookmark this page, and we’ll update as soon as a response is received.

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Average Customer Rating: 3.8
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 56 4 star: 10 3 star: 0 2 star: 0 1 star:  26
Bottom Line: 72% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Very solid website!

    • By Michael,
    • Toronto, Canada,
    • Apr 1, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I signed up to OneClass this year, and found some really helpful content for my classes. Hopefully, they can create some more study guides soon as it was missing for 1 of my classes. However, the user experience is amazing!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Great platform with tons of content

    • By Emma G.,
    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
    • Jun 26, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I was looking for notes for my BIO200 course, and I had no friends who were taking the course. I was randomly googling for course notes and lo and behold I found an amazing set of study guides for BIO200 for the exact same instructor that I'm taking the course with. I also ended up finding a few other great sets of notes for my four other courses that I was taking. Overall, great site, really easy to use, and I'd highly recommend for any university student out there.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Nice structure, lots of new content

    • By Clarissa L.,
    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
    • Jun 26, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    The site is really well-organized compared to other ones; I could even sort it down to my actual section (Tuesday/Thursday) for some of my courses. Not every course has full coverage, but I notice a lot added around exams. It's a good place to find supplementary materials when you're in need, but you have to check the previews first since they don't offer refunds.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • OneClass Elite Notetaker

    • By Emma G.,
    • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,
    • Dec 10, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I was hired by them as an Elite Notetaker to upload my class notes. I'm going to be honest, I never used the site to obtain notes, but as an uploader, it was truly fantastic. This semester I earned almost $1200 just by uploading notes for three classes that I was taking notes for anyways, so it wasn't any extra work except checking over my notes for spelling, grammar, etc. They added $60 every Monday to my PayPal account, which I would then transfer fo my bank account. At the end of the semester, I got a $20 bonus per course for uploading types notes (as opposed to handwritten), and a $50 bonus per course for uploading final study guides. This was great to just earn some extra cash for extremely minimal extra work. ONCE AGAIN, just want to emphasize I didn't use it to access notes, only to upload, so this is what my review is of.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Getting paid for being a student

    • By Shannon B.,
    • Fremont, CA,
    • Nov 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    From the reviews that I’ve seen about OneClass, there has been a lot of positive feedback. The team is very helpful and polite in answering any questions. Writing notes not only helps other students who are studying for exams/quizzes etc., but it also deepens your understanding of the concepts. This is essentially a win-win situation for the students in every way. I've been a note taker with them for 3 semesters now, and my experience has been great.

    The fact that they are able to provide full-time students with opportunities to generate income while they are in school is very meaningful. As student debt is increasing each year, every little bit helps and I am appreciative of what they are trying to do to help students.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Great value

    • By Crystal M.,
    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
    • Nov 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Price is decent! I needed a ton of help in my Biology course, got the notes I needed and I believe I aced my Midterm! Couldn't be happier. Wish more people would upload their notes as I have a hard time concentrating in class and I really need the notes this company provides.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Great opportunity for students!

    • By Lillian T.,
    • Davis, CA,
    • Nov 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    OneClass is such a great opportunity for students to improve their own note-taking and a great platform for helping other students out! They provide notes from specific professors and lecture times, so you are able to find the exact lecture notes you need! In addition, for note takers, it is an excellent opportunity to earn some extra money during college!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Was worth the passing grade for me

    • By Jonathan T.,
    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
    • Nov 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I paid for a one-month subscription when I found some Economics notes for my economics final. It saved me a lot of time in prepping for the exam as the notes I found were condensed, organized, and catered to what was being tested in the exam. No qualms there.

    Subscription pricing may be on the higher side of things but it was worth the passing grade I got on my course.

    Not sure why some have an issue with the subscription charges, they do tell you it renews. The onus is on the user to be on top of their credit cards/payments but maybe that's just me? I was also able to cancel my monthly sub right away contacting customer service.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Great!

    • By Sam L.,
    • Santa Barbara, CA,
    • Nov 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    OneClass is great because it pushes me to focus in class and write better notes. My notes are much more organized and clear now and it has really helped me learn. I would highly recommend this website to anyone who wants an edge in tough classes.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Great website

    • By Emily B.,
    • Towson, MD,
    • Nov 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    OneClass is a great way to post your own notes for rewards as well as view other individuals' notes that they have posted. The staff that works for OneClass is super helpful and always willing to answer any questions that you may have for them. Great overall site!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Great resource for all students!

    • By Mariah M.,
    • Milton, Ontario, Canada,
    • Nov 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Great resource for full-time students. I like OneClass because it gives students the opportunity to make something useful of their lecture notes. Makes studying a lot more easier, and provides extra information that you might have missed in class.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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