Website pays students for class notes

March 15, 2011 8:32:28 PM PDT
Some college students are taking notes in class and selling them a new website to make a little extra money on the side.

Abby Wahl is good at taking notes in her classes at New York University, and this year she has turned that skill into a little extra cash.

"It's nice to just be able to go out and treat me and my friends to an extra meal once in a while," Wahl said.

A growing number of good college note-takers are posting their work on FlashNotes, a new website, created by Mike Matousek, who came up with the idea in college.

The website has a screening process for posting class notes.

"They make sure that your notes are your own, not a copy from Wikipedia or something," Wahl said.

The notes are not said to be intended as remedial help.

The students who upload their work to FlashNotes tell us it not only helps them make a little extra money, it also helps them organize their own studies.

Julian Goza says he has received direct feedback about his class notes.

"I was contacted by a user, and they said that, particularly they brought up the formatting and how organized it was, so that was great," said Julian Goza, a NYU student.

Colleges, including NYU, have not resisted FlashNotes.

It is too early to tell if the website might catch on, but its executive says more and more students are, at least, taking a look at it.

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