We want to help students like you get better grades—a simple mission in theory, but complex in practice. After all, it’s not easy helping 15 million users around the world succeed each month! How do we do it? We’re fully committed to building the technology to help students research and learn more efficiently. Think of us as your 24-hour guide to smarter learning.


StudyMode was founded in 1999 by Blaine Vess and Chris Nelson, who experienced the same challenges of today’s students—high competition, high pressure and high costs for books and other study materials. What originally began as a search engine to help their friends share notes and prepare their research papers has now grown into an established destination for students looking to improve their performance in nearly any academic discipline. Self-funded and expanding daily, StudyMode serves more than 2 billion pages per year to students all over the world.


At StudyMode, we believe that education should evolve as the world evolves. Learning happens not just inside the classroom, but also in everyday life and yes, even in an online community. While teachers play an important role in the process, peers often have a trove of knowledge just waiting to be unlocked. Remember your friend in calculus class who explained divergence theorem to you in a language that suddenly made sense? Well, that’s StudyMode — except you have millions of friends instead of just one.

An important side note: We believe in learning from your friends, but not claiming your friends’ work as your own. We call that plagiarism. To prevent and discourage academic dishonesty, we work with services such as Turnitin to crawl our content and include it in their databases. Never turn in any material from this website as your own and always include proper citations. Citations can be found at the end of each of the essays on StudyMode.