It was in May of this year that, after many months of thinking and procrastinating, I finally created this blog with the vision of providing high-quality study notes to high school students. Originally, I had thought it would be little work: I make notes anyway, so it won’t be any great amount of bother to put them on the internet (I think it’s safe to say that I have never been more wrong).
That was 5 months ago and, in that time, many things have changed. I discovered that taking my notes and making them comprehensible (read: useful) to the general public is actually pretty damn difficult. So I began working straight from the textbooks/class notes I have. I took on a partner, turning this blog into a team effort – it was in June that “The Consulting Student” became “The Consulting Students”. My partner-in-crime is a real asset to this site: without his help, it would not boast as wide a range of notes as it does today.
June also saw us writing exams. And our view counter counted 1359 views, mostly from our school. It set the record for the most views on one day: 275.
Now, in October, we face our final Matric exams. We’ve come a long way since we published our small collection of notes – we have views coming in from all over the world (just today we were visited for the first time by a Spanish reader), we have notes from several guest contributors in Afrikaans and Design, among others, and we would like to think that we are something of a ‘household name’ among terrified students.
Tomorrow, IEB Matrics write Life Sciences Paper One, and OBE Matrics write Physics. Today, we have achieved two milestones: 5000 all-time views AND we’ve broken our previous record for the number of views in one day.
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Despite a busy schedule, we still manage to find the time to share our study notes with you. And, in recent days, we’ve added a good amount of content to our list:
- Linear programming over on our Maths Paper One page
- Evolution of humankind, on our Grade 12 Life Sciences page
- AP English quotes lists, from works such as The Great Gatsby, Saturday, The Scarlet Letter, Boesman and Lena and A Doll’s House
We hope that these notes will be useful, and help you pass an exam or two.
We have finished the Life Sciences at long last. All the sections we have covered in class are up – we hope they are of assistance .
I have opened up a page for Life Sciences notes. So far, I’ve finished two sub-sections (Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis) and my associate is working on Environmental Studies notes as I type this. I hope to cover the following additional sections today:
- Chromosomes and Meiosis
- Genetics and Genetic Engineering
- The Endocrine System
And if not today, then at least tomorrow:
- Asexual and sexual reproduction
- Flowers as reproductive structures
- Human reproduction