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StudySoup is a digital learning marketplace allowing purchase and sale of academic content including course notes, study guides, and tutoring services.[1][2][3][4][5]


Sieva Kozinsky, an environmental studies graduate from UC Santa Barbara had difficulty concentrating because of the speed of the lecture and lack of supportive academic resources.[1][6][7][8][9] Kozinsky along with Jeff Silverman started StudySoup in 2014 to source academic support and provide a means for students to earn money while in school.[1][10][11][12][13]


StudySoup is an online peer-to-peer learning market place[14][15][16][12][9][17][18] that allow students to sell[10][19] and purchase class notes and study guides.[1][15][4][11][12] The sellers or Elite Notetakers[6] have to undertake a training[10][20] to understand the type of materials to be provided and its frequency.[1][7] They have to submit notes every week and a study guide four days prior to every exam.[10][7]


StudySoup is a for-profit corporation that employs students as notetakers at various universities across the world in order to provide a more positive experience for undergraduate college students.


Together they set out to provide students a new source of income and in the first year obtained 1.5 Million students across the United States.[21] The platform was opened up to more universities in 2016 as they pushed their borders outside of the United States and into Singapore and Canada. Several concerns about the legitimacy of StudySoup arose do to their changing business model.[22]


There are only three products currently provided by StudySoup.

Class Notes & Study Guides[edit]

While StudySoup is most commonly known for its Elite Notetaker program which employs thousands of students world wide, it sells a subscription to access all the content generated by those notetakers and to gain access to the previous archives gathered over the years.

Textbook Solution Guides[edit]

Due to the popularity of textbooks still being used both in digital and print format, StudySoup provides step by step walk throughs explaining the questions in supported textbooks.

On Demand Questions[edit]

Students are given the ability to ask any question they want which will be answered within 24 to 48 hours.


StudySoups community consists of different levels of participants. Campus Marketing Coordinators are responsible for connecting schools together by recruiting notetakers and establishing an on campus presence. Elite Notetakers provide notes and study guides for students with disabilities or paying subscribers enrolled in the course. Finally the students complete the circle by paying for the notes they use.

Business Model[edit]

This business is subscription based. Any one of three subscriptions can be purchased for various prices that provide access to the content students gather over the course of a school year.


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