What we mean when we say “notes”

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Hi Nexans,

Whether you’re Aussie, Texan, Kiwi or otherwise, we have found that we are encountering some confusion around the term ‘notes’ and what it means for the purposes of our site.

If you are unsure of what we mean, I’ve tried to provide some clarity below. Please look at the notes that you are uploading, and make an assessment as to whether the description we have provided could also closely apply to your notes as well.

If you feel your notes falls outside of that description, don’t worry. We’ve also prepared a list of other types of documents that you many know as “notes”. Once you find the description that is closest to your document, we’ve provided suggestions on how those notes could be altered so that they are appropriate for our site. These are called ‘WTFs” (what to fix).

IMPORTANT: If you’ve read through everything and you’re still not sure how we would classify your document, and whether it’s an example of “notes” or not, PLEASE UPLOAD IT. If confused, UPLOAD. If in doubt, UPLOAD. We would hate you to miss out on sales simply because we’ve confused you even further with this post. Remember you can always ask us any questions you may have.

confused-monkey

Confused monkey is confused about his “notes”

What we mean when we say “notes”:

When we say “notes”, we are referring to a single document that contains all learnings or a summarised version of your learnings for an entire course. The document is high quality, well formatted, and for the entire semester/trimester.

This description covers the majority of the great content on our site, however, we also have several other types of documents which we also classify as “notes”:

  • A document or summary prepared specifically to assist in studying for an exam
  • A document or summary prepared specifically to assist in studying for a test (however, if there are two or more tests for that subject, you might want to join multiple test notes into one document before uploading)
  • A skeleton/cheat sheet. This is normally less than 10 pages of very small text that crams as much information into the document as possible. Students are allowed to bring this with them into an exam or test.
  • An exam scaffold/exam template: These often take the form of a “how-to guide” that walks you through how to approach an issue or problem. In some cases these documents can often be dozens of pages long.
  • Guides to the reading material. This is a document which contains summaries of the required readings for the subject.

What we don’t mean when we say “notes”, and the corresponding WTFs:

  •  A document that summarises a single lecture/a few lectures
    • WTF: Compile this with notes for every lecture for the subject and you’ll have a complete set.
  • Lecture handouts slides with your handwritten scribble on the side
    • WTF: This can’t really be fixed. We can’t accept lecture slides, which are the intellectual property (IP) of the university. Your interpretation of what is taught in a course and notes that you may add is 100% your IP, however it needs to be a separate document from any lecture handouts.
  • Course packs provided by the professor or university
    • WTF: This can’t be fixed. Besides, we want notes that you have taken showing how you learnt the course, not something your university gave you. This is pretty much the same as trying to mail us a textbook.
  • Assignments, essays, projects or anything else that you can submit for assessment or be graded on
    • WTF: This also cannot be fixed. We don’t sell assignments. This includes essays, theses, research projects and anything else you handed in for assessment. We only sell notes.
yachts

These are boats, not “notes”

I’ve read everything, but I’m still confused. Do I have “notes” or don’t I?

As we mentioned earlier, if you’ve read through everything and you’re still not sure how we would classify your document, and whether it’s an example of “notes” or not, PLEASE UPLOAD IT. If confused, UPLOAD. If in doubt, UPLOAD. We would hate you to miss out on sales simply because we’ve confused you even further with this post.

As always, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions that you may have.

Happy uploading from the Nexus “Notes” team

5 Comments

minceontoast

Thanks for your question, Pooja. Ideally the notes are typed but on some occasions, if the notes are very neatly hand-written, scanned and uploaded, we approve them.

Pooja_D

Do the notes have to be handwritten and scanned / typed and sent in a pdf ??

xaviercollins

Hi Silvest,

Great question. Generally, we ask that the notes are typed up. However, we will accept handwritten notes if they are very legible and the scan is of a high quality. We just want to ensure that our downloaders get value for money. Please feel free to send your scanned notes through and we will do our best to get them on the site.

All the best,
Xavier

beechesto

Must the documents be word processed, or are scanned notes which have been hand written acceptable?

Faisal

Great stuff Richard – I loved you in Big Brother by the way #twlightmeetsharrypotter

Sincerely,
Faisa

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