Course Hero is a multi-use web application that allows you to browse, share and download course documents from common university classes. The site also provides live tutoring help, in addition to video lectures, flash cards and a large knowledgebase of course-related questions that have already been asked and answered.
Additionally, Course Hero offers textbook help in the form of supplements like answer sheets, solution charts and general study guides. Course Hero hosts hundreds of full college courses, which despite not providing actual college credit can give you an opportunity to explore a new field or topic on your own time.
Course Hero was founded by Andrew Grauer, whose goal was to make the college experience more like that of the real world—in other words, a global community of people sharing knowledge and helping one another out. The service launched in 2007 and quickly acquired enormous amounts of viable course information, boasting over 2,000,000 in just two years. Currently, the service offers over 7,000,000 documents from over 4,000 universities. The app has over 230,000 Facebook followers, indicating widespread success.
Course Hero is a one-stop shop for studying. Its 24/7 tutoring service and in-depth course documentation would stand alone as individual applications or services, but Course Hero has bundled them and others into one massive course help package. The addition of flashcards and the ability to pay for the service by uploading course documents just sweetens the deal, and the site currently boasts that 93% of its users either maintain their current grades or see an increase after using Course Hero.
Course Hero is split into four primary sections: Study Documents, Tutors, Courses and Flashcards. Each section has a number of sub-topics; for example, the “Study Documents” section offers school-specific browsing and textbook assistance. The interface is easy to navigate, with everything clearly labeled and user-friendly backtracking. Each section seems to have been engineered to be a simple and efficient as possible.
Registration is simple and takes only a few seconds. Registration starts by entering your email and a password, and then drops you directly into the various learning paths offered by the site. If you wander into an area that requires a paid membership, you can add payment information via the “Upgrade Now!” button. You will receive a confirmation email, but can access the site without checking it.
The “Premiere” membership offers access to all areas of the site, while the “basic” membership provides only the flashcards application and pay-per-question access to the site’s tutoring service. Additionally, there are two ways to access the “Premier” service—you can pay a monthly fee (ranging from $7.95 each month for a year or $39.95 for single months), or upload 40 approved documents per month.
Course Hero is an excellent application for anyone looking for a bit of help with his or her schoolwork. The presence of 24/7 tutoring can help save your bacon in a late-night crunch, and the wide range of course documents will help you study your material more deeply and thoroughly than ever before. The application is also excellent for anyone looking to expand their intellectual horizons—the free video lectures provide refreshers and in-depth analysis on a wide range of topics from web development to entrepreneurship.