Australian Student Network Launches To Combat Inadequacies Of Schooling System
Online student community, ATARNotes.com launches to provide study help to Australian students looking to achieve their best ATAR.
- (1888PressRelease) December 15, 2010 - The Australian student community website, ATARNotes.com was launched at midnight on Monday. Highly critical of government treatment of the schooling system and poorer students, the website also took aim at education businesses extorting money from scared parents. Said CEO, Daniel Levy, "... the majority of the extra-curricular education services which currently exist to supplement the inefficient schooling system charge exorbitant prices. They callously prey on the fear of desperate parents to milk them for what money they have on the hope (which all too often never eventuates) that their children will break out of the cycle of poverty."
The mission statement of the website is to provide quality and affordable education aides to students, with an express emphasis on never exploiting students, nor their parents. Previously VCENotes.com, the nationally expanded ATARNotes.com is a free website which houses a national student network for Australian students trying to achieve their best. Teachers, parents and other educators have also been welcomed to contribute to the community.
Member Relations Officer, Nina Ding, described the process of the website as "Students (and teachers and parents) help each other both on the forum and by posting their notes and essays and other material. This has formed a nurturing, encouraging academic environment which is easily accessible to all students."
In its incarnation as a Victorian student network, over 22,500 students signed up over 3 years and contributed more than 370,000 forum posts, 500 files of notes, essays and sample problems. With ATAR results released on Monday, many students have quoted the community of VCE Notes as being a major factor in helping them excel at their studies and have lauded the wonderful community atmosphere.
"I really enjoyed the friendly and helpful atmosphere exhibited by all the members on this forum leading up to the exams. Thank you for all the help you have provided." wrote one member, Gloamglozer. Another user, spontaneouscombustion, was full of praise, "Thank you guys, you've been such a great help to me these last months leading up to the exam. You're all better than my teacher! I don't know where I'll be at this time of the year if it wasn't for this forum. Sorry for the trivial questions though; I've just never understood what can and what can't be done in the exam and you guys have helped to clear it up a lot. So once again, thank you."
The website is free to join, and with more than 23,000 members the community is vast and welcoming.