Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is Nexus Notes?

Nexus Notes is an online marketplace for university students to buy and sell their course notes.

Where did Nexus Notes start?

What started out as four friends chucking around an idea in Adelaide ended up turning into an earliest version of Nexus Notes. We are now based in Sydney, and the company has a strong presence in both Australia and New Zealand and we are expanding into the US.

Is this legal?

Yes. As long as the students submitting the notes for approval have produced the notes themselves, they are legally entitled to sell those notes, just as others are legally entitled to download the notes.

What do the universities say?

As with any large group the feedback has varied, but after speaking with leading faculty deans the general consensus is that Nexus Notes 'facilitates learning' and therefore is a positive thing for student learning.

When was the company founded?

The company was founded at the beginning of 2011. The website in it’s current form was launched in June, 2014.

Uploaders

Why should I upload now?

To maximise sales. We can’t sell your notes if they are rotting on your hard drive. Your notes are available for purchase the instant they are approved, which means that you could be missing potential sales as we speak. Despite exam and holiday breaks, our users purchase notes all year round, so the best time to upload notes is always today.

What notes can I sell?

You can sell any notes, templates or course guides that you have produced throughout your studies.

What can't I sell?

Nexus Notes won't approve materials that have been created by your university or another third party. We also do not accept assignments, essays, practicals or take-home exams. We love notes though.

How does the commission structure work?

Each time one of your notes sell, Nexus Notes takes a 50% commission. We do reserve the right to discount notes (for example, when downloaders use promo codes or share their purchases through social media), however, even in this situation you still receive your 50% commission.

What does 'verification' mean?

In addition to the notes, we also encourage students to upload a copy of their academic transcript. This can be a screenshot from your university's online portal or a scanned image. If your transcript matches the grade you claimed for that subject we ‘verify’ your notes, and a blue verification shield will appear next to your notes. You need either a High Distinction or Distinction for the subject the notes relate to. In instances where the quality is high, we still approve unverified notes for sale, however, they will not receive the blue verification shield.

I've got great notes with bad grades, can I still upload?

Yes, so long as they are exceptionally high quality. However, the notes will not receive the blue verification shield.

Isn't it plagiarism?

No. Universities do not mark notes, they mark assignments, essays, exams and practicals. We only sell notes, which are learning materials and cannot be submitted for assessment purposes For any other legal queries, please refer to our Terms & Conditions kindly prepared by King & Wood Mallesons.

How long does it take to upload?

Uploading notes is quick and easy. It can take as little as 90 seconds per set of notes. Put it this way, in the time it took to read these FAQs, you could’ve uploaded several sets of notes.

Who would want to buy my notes?

Our users buy notes for a number of reasons. Most of our downloaders either have little time to prepare for exams, don't have their own contacts with great notes or are keen to see whether they have missed anything in their preparation. They may even just want to see how a top student formats their own notes. There is no shortage of demand for good quality notes.

I usually give my notes out to friends for free, should I still upload?

That’s up to you - every person you give your notes is someone that won’t buy them. Whilst we don’t encourage it, even if you give your notes out to your friends hopefully your notes should still sell to other people.

How do I get paid?

We pay commissions at the beginning of each month on ‘PAYDAY’. All payments are made through PayPal, meaning that you do need to have an active PayPal account (linked to an active bank account). Make sure your PayPal email is entered correctly in the Profile section of your Dashboard.

Downloaders

How do I buy notes?

Search for the notes you are after using the ‘SEARCH NOTES’ link at the at the top right of every page. You can then filter results by university, area, year of course, number of times downloaded, and whether they’ve been verified or not. To purchase, click ‘Add to Cart’ and checkout with credit card or PayPal.

Do I still need to buy textbooks?

That’s entirely your decision.. Nexus Notes has been created to assist students with their academic performance. All notes should be viewed as a supplement to the prescribed materials, rather than a substitute. We are not suggesting that a good set of notes is a perfect replacement for a textbook... or hard work.

Why should I buy notes?

The notes on our site are incredibly useful as an educational tool when used correctly. They effectively demonstrate the techniques that top students employ in order to receive top marks. They also summarise the course in a concise format, and show what that student believed were the most important elements of the course. Learn from the best.

What is verification, and how important is it?

Verification (represented by a blue shield next to notes) means that we have viewed the uploaders' academic transcript and confirmed the mark they received for that course. This lets you buy notes through our site with confidence. . It is up to you whether you place a value on this service or not.

Can I edit the notes I purchase?

No. We understand the desire of downloaders to edit and build upon existing notes, however we feel that the temptation to re-upload notes to our site after making minor changes would be too high. - as a result our notes can only be downloaded in PDF format.

Is there any way of finding out who authored the notes?

Not really. At the moment, the only identifying feature of uploaders is their username. If they choose to put their real name in their username, then you may know who uploaded the notes. Our users anonymity is very important to us and so we would never reveal an uploader’s identity without their instruction.

How does Nexus Notes guarantee the quality of the notes?

We guarantee the quality of the notes on our site by setting high academic standards and vetting every set of notes uploaded to the site.If you buy notes and are not satisfied with the quality, we are will issue you a 100% refund. That's our promise to you, now and forever.

What is stopping me sharing these notes with my friends?

Our Terms & Conditions. It is against our terms of use to forward purchased notes to third parties. . Any users who are found to have breached these conditions will have their accounts immediately suspended. Furthermore, when you share purchased notes you are denying the author a sale.

I wasn't happy with the notes I purchased, can I get a refund?

Absolutely. If you are not happy with the quality of the notes you purchased, you are entitled to a 100% refund.

Will downloading notes guarantee I improve my grades?

How long is a piece of string? However, 90% of students who purchased notes through our site said that doing so improved their grades.