Hope you’re excited cos I sure was!

Regardless of whatever reason you started University, you have to admit.. It is exciting right? Huge lecture halls, massive classes, HEAPS of ahem.. admirable peers. I mean, the list goes on!

If you’re a first year, here is some PRACTICAL advice:
1. Attend Lectures – Now, as a first year you’re probably scared of everything so you attend every lecture. Advice? KEEP IT THAT WAY! Although lectures get recorded these days, reality is you will probably not watch them OR you will cram them last second. In all fairness, there are a lot of useless lectures (especially first year papers) but it’s a good opportunity to make friends, know your lecturer and keep updated on the course.

2. DON’T sign up to “as many clubs as you possibly can” – When you ask people, “ok any advice for the first week on uni?” Most people will tell you to sign up to as many clubs as you can. As a result a lot of students do. BUT, how many students actually stay active in those clubs? Hardly any! Now, i’m not discouraging you to join clubs at all. Clubs are like, the only joy of university (You will find out soon enough Young Grasshopper). But I am suggesting, why not put some more thought into the clubs you join? Especially ones you need to pay for. Although they’re mostly $5, that’s a kebab man! Trust me, at times that kebab will make you shed a tear of appreciation one day.

3. Commit to an organisation – Instead of being a part of heaps of different clubs and organisations, I would strongly suggest you stick with 1 or 2. But really commit! If you put a lot of time and effort into organisations, eventually you will move up the ladder and get management positions. That’s boss as! Imagine how good that will look on your CV AND imagine how much you will learn from that. The other benefit of doing this is that, once you really start committing you will ‘belong’ a lot more. You will really get to know a lot more people and start meeting up outside of the organisation too.

Do you need money like most university students? Are you at the point where you don’t do laundry in order to save money? Do you prefer getting paid for no extra work? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this article is for you!
Let’s be real here: When you’re a university student, you’re offen faced with a tough question, “How can I make
money while studying in university?” A lot of these part time jobs pay very little, require a lot of effort, and aren’t helpful or satisfying at all.
“Difference between working with part time job and selling study notes.” Now it’s easier than ever to make passive income as a University student. Help YOURSELF by spending more time treating yourself. Help OTHERS by sharing your knowledge in the form of.. Study Notes!

What is Note2A+?
Note2A+ is a peer-to-peer learning platform that compiles study notes into one major database for students to purchase as they prepare for their exams. Simply think of us as an online retailer for quality assured study notes. Here’s how it works: When you are in a course and you need a little bit of help with the upcoming exam, or you missed the lecture due to illness, you can simply go Note2A+ and check out the study notes written by your A+ students. To be the best, you must learn from the best.

When you find what you’re looking for, you pay a small fee to get the access to the study notes. You’ve got a custom study guide designed specifically for your class, and even in some cases the exact class notes that one of your classmates took when you were absent (or just absent-minded ).

Note2A+ has study notes available for more than 60 courses in University of Auckland and is looking to expand to
AUT and Victoria University.

What materials do we want?
You don’t have to be an A+ student to sell your notes. The notes just have to be well.. pretty damn good! Module by module, a debriefed and condensed study guide is what we want. Literally we are looking for the golden ticket with everything you need on it, so that anyone can take it, study it and get A+ in it.
These are real study notes taken during lectures and uploaded on our database, and real study guides that your classmate(s) put together to prepare for exams. This is NOT a place where you can find copies of exams and tests, get your homework done, or have a paper written on your behalf. We promote study smarter, but also in the right way.
No matter what you’re uploading, your notes need to be legible, made by you (so no copying guides and handouts
written by the professor), and thorough enough to be helpful. One helpful tip is that definitions cannot be copyrighted, especially for those papers that test word for word definitions; feel free to put word for word definitions in the notes!

Who can become a note seller?
Anyone can become a seller.. literally! Note sellers must go through the (free) application process, which requires some of your details and samples of your notes. From there, you can start uploading your notes and making money.
“You can earn money WHILE helping other students.”

You don’t necessarily have to have good handwriting or even the most highly detailed notes. If your notes will help
you study, they just might help someone else study too! — so it’s worth a shot to upload them. Do yourself a favor
and type them up if you want to have a better showing in the marketplace (not to mention a more solid grasp of
the material yourself!).

How much money can you make?
Note sellers can submit up to 3 notes to us per semester; this can be from any course of your choosing. You can make a small amount just for uploading your study notes, but most of what you’re paid will come from how good your notes are.We offer both one-off payment and commission base payment. Despite the one-off payment being a lot safer as you can receive money instantly, commission base can potentially generate much more income for you. Our notes sellers on commission base could earn around $200 per course, with top performers bringing in as much as $800 in a semester.

More than Just Making Money
The neat thing about Note2A+ is that if you take it seriously, you can not only turn it into an easy income stream, but it will help you with your coursework. As you get into the mindset of taking notes for other people to see, you’ll find yourself paying more attention and gain a deeper understanding of the material. Signing up as a Note Seller will not only fatten up your bank account, but it just might pick up your GPA too, Win Win!

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If you don’t know what we do yet, we share Study Notes!
But I mean MOST people take study notes here and there right? So why does Note2A+ exist?

Being students ourselves, we found that most of us actually don’t take good study notes. When it came to exam time, or just study time in general. We had to leaf through a fat textbook or coursebook looking for definitions and explanations. Sometimes you would even have some parts of your coursebook that’s not filled in so you spend the next hour looking for a mate that’s filled it in.

THAT is how we came to be. Some of our top students really take good study notes! Why not distribute that to everyone and share learning?
Here are some benefits to using Study Notes:

1. Efficiency– All the information you need for the course is condensed and organized. Literally just what you need and nothing else. So with notes, youdon’t need to leaf through ancient textbooks or spend time looking for a mate with the information. You don’t need to leaf through ancient textbooks or spend time looking for a mate with the information. You have it all right there.

2. Shared insight – What a lot of notes will have is, personal explanations of theories and concepts. We found
this especially handy cos lets face it.. Sometimes lecturers can explain things in a ‘not-so-clear’ way, but when an A+ student writes out their student perspective it’s WAAY easier to understand!

3. Cost – Students don’t have a lot of money and whatever you DO have just disappears.. *TOO MUCH EATING OUT* But anyways, it’s a fact! Student’s don’t have a lot of Moola $. That’s why notes are so great! It’s not only time eicient, but also cost eicient. There are two reasons as to why notes are more cost eicient. FIRST REASON is that the average notes cost is $30, compare that to the average cost of second hand textbooks (if you can find them) is $50. Lets not even go into how much NEW textbooks cost, you’d have to sell a kidney to even highlight one. SECOND reason is that because you save time studying, you actually have more time to work. $30 is around 2 hours of work right? If you think of all the time you save with notes, you actually make back more than 2 hours! Jackpot!! $$

Let’s talk time! One of the few things you actually can’t buy with $$!

Time is the one resource you need for everything! To do anything, it takes time right? You only have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whats crazy? You will never get it back.. So obviously time is valuable right? SO LETS STOP WASTING IT!

How to SAVE time:

1. Organize your life – Is your life all over the place? Do you not know what you’re doing tomorrow? Then you’ll probably waste LOTS of time. That’s because there will be weird gaps in your day where you just don’t know what to do. You might go to a lecture or two, then you wait for a lecture 2 hours later. Nothing to do in the middle, so you might sit at a computer and watch a movie. Or just play on your phone and wait for time to go. But imagine if you just set day schedules ahead of time, where you write down what you will be doing and when. You’ll see where you have gaps in your day, then you can pre-plan that time. As soon as you start doing this, you’ll find that you can get more value from a day than when you just took time day-by-day.

2. NO PROCRASTINATION – “The action of delaying or postponing something.” This is by far the worst way to spend your time. There’s literally nothing to gain from this! But truth is.. everyone does it. How to reduce procrastination? Dedication! You have to be able to focus on one thing and not lose focus until the task is finished. You have to be so dedicated to the task, that you don’t leave it until it’s done. For example, if you’re doing an assignment make checkpoints you have to reach for you to take a rest. You won’t take any rests or do anything else until you reach that checkpoint; that means no Facebook, no calls, no texts and NO FOOD! Do this, and you’re guaranteed to work more productively and save time.

3. HAVE A GOOD BALANCE – Work, study, recreation balance. A student needs to juggle all 3 in their life, and you find at times it gets thrown a little out of wack. A friend of yours might be a study freak and get all the good grades, but they might not work or rest. Then you might be TOO CHILL and have too much rest and not do much of anything else. You want to have a good balance of the 3, not only because it will result in better mental and physical health. But you will find that you will be using time more efficiently. If you have a good balance, you will get less bored of one of the 3 things you must balance. If you balance recreation right, then each time you study or work; your head will be clear and ready to just get on with it. Give it a go!