Welcome to our APStudyNotes.org review. Because APStudyNotes is not a traditional writing service, we are unable to take the same approach to this AP Study Notes review that we do with standard writing services. However, we have kept in mind the questions and concerns that students may have about a company such as this. As a result, we have taken the following steps:
The remaining paragraphs detail our experiences with this site. Keep reading to the end to find our final recommendations.
S tep 1: About APStudyNotes.org
This is a service designed for high school students who are enrolled in advanced placement classes (AP). These are classes that top students take that allow them to take exams in order to earn college credit in particularly challenging courses such as calculus. AP study notes offers study guides to these students. They also offer sample essays. These are crowdsourced from students who sign up to the website and upload their content voluntarily. These are admissions essays, and they are helpfully organized by school. This means a prospective student can simply find their school of choice to see successful admissions essays.
In addition to having access to AP study notes and admissions essays, students can also submit their essays for editing. This is a paid service, with three service levels available. Pricing varies depending on the service package students choose. All pricing is based on a 1000 word maximum.
Payment for editing services is made using standard methods such as debit cards or PayPal. The site’s payment processing appears to be secured. We did not read any reviews or other write-ups with legal or security concerns about payment information.
Step 2: Quality of Products and Services
The study guides were of relatively good quality. The few sample essays we read were also well-written. Unfortunately, there is not much else to say as these are crowd-sourced materials that are not created to order.
We reviewed a short admissions essay that had been edited by someone employed by APStudyNotes. We found the document to be free of any glaring spelling and grammatical errors. We noted some suggestions were made regarding the structure and flow as well. All in all, the editor seemed to do quite a good job.
Step 3: Writers and Support
There are no writers to evaluate, as this is not a writing service. All essays have been written previously and published to the website for students to study. No custom writing is done. Since there is a signup process, we thought that customer support of some type should be available. Unfortunately, it was not. As a result, we cannot provide insights into that either.
Because our source ordered the most basic tier of editing services, they did not receive any extra or enhanced services. They simply submitted their essay and received it back with the editor's notes and corrections.
Step 4: Prices
Students may access study guides for free. Some of the essays may be viewed on the website free of charge. However, in order to access full ‘packets’ of essays, students will be charged 29 dollars. Some may find this worthwhile. Many will not as there are plenty of free sample essays available to review online. For the sake of this review, we did not purchase an essay package. We did find free essays to be reasonably well-written. However, they were certainly not earth-shattering in their depth or insight. Still, it’s easy to see how students could use these essays for examples or inspiration.
Step 5: Additional Features and Discounts
Students should not bother looking for any APStudyNotes discount. For most, they simply will not need it. It also does not appear that any APStudyNotes promo code or other savings are offered. This is of no concern to most students as they will likely not bother with paid services from this company. Those who do will note that the fees are flat and not negotiable.
Finally, each school featured on the site has a brief, but informative writeup. This is quite helpful for undecided students looking for a bit more information about the schools they are considering.
We have read APStudyNotes.org reviews. We have considered other AP Study Notes ratings. After doing these things and taking our own experience into consideration, we rate this service as fair. While they appear to offer something of value to students, they are simply not a writing service. They also serve such a narrow population of students, we do not believe that many people will be interested. Further, top tier students are likely to have hired tutors and other service providers. Those that are should be warned that the essays provided truly are samples only. They should not be used for any other purpose.