Chegg wants to pay Ball State students to take notes

Students now have the opportunity to be paid to take notes for their classes.

Notehall is a website for college students to both sell and buy notes and study guides from class. It was founded in 2008 and purchased by Chegg, a textbook rental website, in June 2011.

Freshman fashion merchandising major Bethany Manning is a brand ambassador for Notehall and said students who are hired must upload weekly notes on lectures as well as a study guide for every exam.

"Generally, they want the notes to be what the class's main objective is and what you're going to cover on tests and things like that," she said.

Students can fill out an application on Notehall's website where they will submit their class schedule, their contact information and their GPA. Once submitted, they will receive a phone call from a representative who will then conduct an interview over the phone.

The representative will set a flat rate for each set of notes submitted based on the size of the class. The student can then earn more for each set of notes their classmates buy.

Manning said there are usually a couple of notetakers hired for each class, depending on the size.

Sophomore psychology major Courtney Delaney takes notes for her Sociology 100 class. She said she also takes notes for disabled students on campus.

"I've always been a really good notetaker, so I just figured why not sell my notes?" she said.

This is her second semester taking notes for both Notehall and for disabled students.

When Delaney put up the first study guide for an exam this semester, she said she sold 15 copies of it.

"People seem to really enjoy it," she said. "A lot of people the first time have questions about it, wondering how safe the website is and stuff. Once I talk with them or email them back and forth, they are pretty set on either the next study guide they're interested in or even notes. They're pretty interested."

A notetaker can make anywhere from $200 to $1,200, depending on the quality of the notes as well as other factors. Delaney said study guides have to be seven pages long and the notes have to be thorough with definitions and examples.

"It's just a really easy way to make easy money for a college student," Delaney said. "It's something you would usually do in your classes anyway and people don't usually get paid to go to classes, but you kind of do in a way."

She added that the company will work with the university.

"I believe it was because Chegg wanted to be more involved with schools and help college students, kind of help the process," Manning said. "Because some students are really good with taking notes whereas some kids may be really bad at paying attention and knowing what's really important."


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