How to Create Great Notes That Will Sell
by Elizabeth Gruber
My advice to you takes the form of a neat little acronym: STUDY. So without further ado – please peruse my writing (and crafty elaborative images) below.
Don’t forget that you are selling your notes to people like you. Put yourself into their shoes, or rather, think about your own.
A lot of my ideas for study guides came from things that I thought would be helpful to me. This also makes to the process even more beneficial to you. If you make products you find helpful, you can use them too!
Try to stick to a solid time schedule. I’m not saying that you should post your notes at 4:51 every Wednesday afternoon and email the links out exactly 3 minutes and 21 seconds later, but rather that you should pick an afternoon (or morning if that is more your style) and compile your notes each week in that afternoon/morning.
This is also important around exam time. No one will be interested in buying your notes or study guides if you post them all the morning before the exam.
I had several fellow students email me last semester asking me when I would be posting my study guides and by the time the final came around, people were requesting them.
You need to make sure you understand the material before you post notes or, more importantly, make study guides.
It goes without saying that students want to buy notes that are accurate. To ensure this, don’t be afraid to reach out to your professor or TA if something doesn’t make sense to you.
Also, chances are that if you don’t understand something, there are at least a few other people that are having some trouble with the same thing.
I found my discussion session to be a great opportunity to clarify things that I didn’t quite understand in the lecture. I also emailed my professor and visited my TA during his office hours a few times.
This goes hand in hand with timing.
Don’t let all of your notes pile up until right before exams. It puts a huge strain on your if you have to go through, clean up, and post 6 or 7 weeks worth of notes, make a study guide, and study for your exam all in one weekend.
Spread things out.
Post your notes weekly and once you have an idea for a study guide, start pulling things together piece by piece, even if you haven’t finished covering all of the material in class yet.
I had planned out this great key terms chart to make for my class last semester. and left all of the work for the weekend before the midterm.
It took a couple late nights and a lot of sacrificed sleep to finish in time, but I got it done. I make a similar chart for the final and put it together over the second half of the class, which worked out much better.
Let your notes reflect a little bit of you. You are the one writing them after all.
Don’t hesitate to use examples that have significance to you or restate things in your own way.
You may end up phrasing an idea in a unique way that makes more sense to a student.
A lot of examples that I put in my study guides last semester came from things that my teachers had taught me in high school.
My final bit of advice is to not be afraid to ask for help.
Sadly, this element does not fit into my handy-dandy acronym (unless, I invent a wonky spelling of “study” which coincidentally would not demonstrate much “understanding” from me).
But on to my advice – every person I have met through StudySoup has been extremely helpful and considerate.
So, instead of siting on your bed, stressing out about what to do about a website problem, or how to respond to an email from a fellow student, shoot an email to someone and get to the bottom of it!
So don’t forget: