The best way to truly understand a concept is to learn it first-hand and then turn around and teach it to somebody else. You probably already take notes to help solidify your understanding of what you are studying, so why not make money at the same time? Instead of scribbling down notes from your textbooks, write an organized article about what you are learning and then publish it on sites such as Associated Content!
The Internet has become a vital resource for students of all ages; especially college students. Whether it’s English 101 or Quantitative Analysis, the majority of students will at some point turn to the World Wide Web for a little extra homework help. So there you go; your audience might just be the other pupils floundering in your Organic Chemistry II class. Transforming your notes from a sheet of chicken-scratch to an orderly and easy-to-follow article has a few benefits. Not only will it allow you to make a few bucks on the side, but it will also ingrain those concepts into your memory!
Before you begin writing your article, you may want to re-read the chapter or re-write your notes so you can organize the information in the friendliest way. Essentially, you are writing an article about your notes to clarify a concept for you and your readers.
For example, I just wrote an article dealing with t-statistics from my Biostatistics class. I read the chapter one more time so that I could understand the concept in its context. I then searched the Internet for the concept to see if other people had stated the same idea in a clearer form. I took what I had learned from my textbook, my notes, and Internet sources and wrote an outline for my article. Your outline is the backbone for your writing. Jot down the concept in a few simple steps, revise it and maybe add further explanation.
You can translate any concept into an article whether it be, “diagramming sentences,” or “using t-statistics to find your p-value.” Mathematical concepts may be more difficult to write out because of Greek symbols or other notations, but as long as you give your readers a strong conceptual foundation, you will attract their attention. You will be surprised at how helpful transcribing your homework into articles will be, not only for your grades, but also for your piggy bank!