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Grade Buddy offers students money for their notes

“Become a NoteTaker at UMKC and earn up to $500 per class.”

The email in my box last week was succinct: “GradeBuddy is opening up applications at UMKC for note-taking positions and we need your help. Take notes for your classes and earn up to $500 per class.  The position is simple and easy: Create lecture notes for your class, and make a study guide for every exam.”

I take pretty good notes, I guess, so I’m mildly interested and perfunctorily fill out the online form.   I promptly forget about it until I receive a call last Monday night.  The caller asks me questions about my note-taking techniques, which I have never had to discuss and worry about sounding conscientious in.  After about ten minutes on the phone, he offers me a position to take notes for each lecture and make a study guide each exam for my History 102 class and to just make a study guide for each exam for my Marketing 324 class.

For the spring semester, my history note-taking work will earn me $350.  The Marketing study guides?  $70.

Payment comes in the form of a check halfway and at the end of the semester.  I’m not paying any major bills earning $420 in four months, but I’m a part-time working student.  Money is money–that’s almost a month’s rent.  Or two prized copies of my Accounting 210 textbook for last semester.

To get started, I watch a few tutorials on’s site about uploading files and so on.  The site is very easy to navigate.  There’s a template for lecture notes and study guides, which just follow the old format we learned in middle school and high school: big Roman numeral, big letter “A,” small letter “a,” etc.

Lecture notes are to be typed and uploaded within 48 hours after the lecture (which I’ve missed for the second lecture already) to the Management Dashboard.  The study guide is to be typed and submitted two days before the exam.  No scanning in photos of a notebook page, either–everything is in a Word or other text document.

It’s more work than I’m used to putting in to lecture notes, which are typically scribbles with arrows.  I must adjust to using sentences that aren’t necessarily complete, but more than vague, cryptic phrases.  I definitely benefit from going through my notes and re-organizing them into something coherent enough for another person.

The amount you can earn working for GradeBuddy seems contingent on your classes.  I was not offered anything for my Communication 308 class, Introduction to Human Communication, perhaps because it is so major-specific.  Starting early in your college career may be the way to earn the most money, while you’re still filling up on the general education requirements.

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  1. DO NOT USE THIS SITE. IT IS A RIPOFF. They still owe me $800 from the Spring 2015 semester. If you do not get enough views, they “fire” you. No matter how much time and effort you have already put into typing up the “perfect notes”. If you make it through the semester, they probably will not pay you (as I have learned the hard way). They’ll tell you that your payment will be mailed shortly after the semester ends, but will come up with excuses when you ask questions after months of no payment. I HIGHLY SUGGEST TO STAY AWAY FROM THIS SITE. It is a very unprofessional business run by scam artists. GradeBuddy sucks.

  2. Hey,
    I was also a note-taker for two classes last semester, one of which was cancelled, and I didn’t receive all of my payment. Halfway through the semester (about a week or two late), I received half of the funds from one of my classes and the $50 for the other class that was cancelled. I proceeded with my ongoing class and did every lecture and even the study guides. The end of the semester came and I never received my second check, so I emailed them and after a long wait they replied with some lame excuses that it was too much work for them. Here I am, nearly 5 months out from the end of the semester, with yet to receive the second half of my paycheck. Did they end up paying you all that you earned? Or did they scam you like they did to me?


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